The outgoing Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has said that his wife, Ebelechukwu, would contest for the Anambra North Senatorial District in the 2023 general election.
Obiano disclosed this while addressing members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Chapter, at his country home, Aguleri, on Saturday.
The wife of the governor will be contesting against the incumbent Senator in the zone, Stella Oduah, who recently defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also embarked on an infrastructural tour with members of the NUJ around the Anambra International Conference Centre, the Awka City Stadium and the State International Passenger/Cargo Airport.
It was gathered that some youths in Oyi Local Government Area of the state, under the umbrella of United Ogbunike Youths Association, urged the governor’s wife to run for Senate to represent Anambra North in the 2023 general elections.
The group said that the reason for their quest was for the governor’s wife “to continue in the good work she is doing and also attract more development to Anambra North constituency.”
The National President of the group, Okonkwo Ikechukwu, said they have observed that Mrs Obiano recorded tremendous human and infrastructure development during her husband’s administration, despite not holding any office.
Ikechukwu noted that contesting and winning a Senate seat would offer her veritable opportunities to continue to promote human development.
Mrs Obiano empowered many of our youths in Ogbunike. She has placed some in various lofty positions. Youths of Anambra North are beckoning on her to declare interest in the Senate race.’
The governor used the tour to inform journalists that his administration had completed a total of 133 roads across the 181 communities in the state and that international flight would commence in Anambra Airport in two weeks time.
He urged the Union to always project Anambra State in a developed light.
He also commended the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for making Anambra an oil-producing state with 15 oil wells and other federal projects across the state.