By Stephen Ejiofor, Awka
Valentine Ozigbo, the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2021 Anambra governorship election, has received a delegation from the US Embassy in Nigeria to discuss modalities ahead of the November 6th election.
At the meeting held in Awka, Mr Ozigbo, and the American delegation discussed the election modalities and possible areas of collaboration to ensure a free, fair, credible, and transparent process.
Addressing journalists on the sidelines of the meeting, Ozigbo appreciated the US envoys for their interest to deepening democracy in Nigeria and their productive engagement with political actors, promising to co-operate with the US team to ensure that the forthcoming election reflects the people’s will.
Ozigbo also disclosed that their high-level diplomatic discussions touched the areas of security and partnerships that would ensure a hitch-free governorship election on November 6th, 2021.
The American delegation was led by Brandon Hudspeth, the US Embassy’s Political/Economic Chief for Southern Nigeria.
Other members of the US contingent are Jim Suor, the Security Chief of the US Consulate; Briana Olson, the Political Officer for the South East Region; and Arnold Abulime, a political analyst.
Ozigbo was joined by several directors of the PDP Governorship Campaign Organisation, including the Director-General, Dr Alex Obiogbolu; Hon Valentine Ayika, the Director for Strategy and Planning; Mrs Chinelo Ofoche, the Director for Protocol; and Chief Gabriel Onyewife, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives and Zonal Director for Anambra North.
Valentine Ozigbo is a multiple award-winning Management strategist and Corporate administrator, who has experience in management of multinational corporations having served in the management cadre and Head of International Banking at the United Bank for Africa (UBA), as well as the global Chief Executive Officer of TRANSCORP PLC.
Ozigbo, is widely regarded as the favourite to win the governorship election and has continued to win the support of Ndi Anambra at the grassroots after launching a historic tour of the 21 local government areas in the southeastern state.