Mrs. Alexandria Chidi Onyemelukwe, the daughter of Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, was yesterday unveiled as the deputy governorship candidate of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, for the November 18, 2017 election in Anambra State.
Governorship candidate of PDP, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, who introduced Mrs. Onyemelukwe to a large crowd of PDP members at a ceremony at the party’s state secretariat in Awka, said that as his deputy, Mrs. Onyemelukwe would be his partner in turning Anambra State around and returning her to the trajectory, where the state would not just be working but would be an example that other states to emulate.
He explained that Mrs. Onyemelukwe’s selection signified a strong public pronouncement of his commitment to gender mainstreaming, women empowerment, and a 60-40 percentage targeted ratio in political appointments, saying that he looked forward towards collaborating and sharing responsibilities in delivering good governance and dividends of democracy to the people in Anambra State.
“Lady Chidi has the requisite administrative experience to drive our broad vision of taking our dear state to the very zenith where it truly deserves to be," Mr. Obaze said.
“She is a promoter of excellent and qualitative education and has a great passion for the advancement of women affairs and for female gender mainstreaming in governance. Accordingly, she has run a foundation that is critically focused on the development of human capital via education."
“Lady Chidi also had the opportunity and privilege in the past to serve this country as the Chairman, Board of Directors, Federal Housing Authority and also as Special Assistant to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs). "
“Her experience on SME is vital to our vision of creating employment for our large number of teeming youths and also for women empowerment."
“I am glad about these qualities that she is bringing on board and I must say that it is a privilege to have her on our team. She is certainly among the very best because Anambra deserves the best.”
In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Onyemelukwe promised to assist Obaze in turning around Anambra State, assuring that they would provide selfless service to the people.
“I charge all our party members, our women, in particular, to join hands to get our state to pick up the gauntlet and get out to the field to win the trust of Anambrarians that this PDP ticket of Obaze/Onyemelukwe, indeed, presents a better alternative to take our state to the Promised Land,” she said.
Mrs. Chidi Onyemelukwe is a graduate of Law from the University of Wales, United Kingdom and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990. She also bagged a Masters Degree in International Law and Diplomacy and Master of Business Administration from the University of Lagos and Duquesne University, Pittsburg in the United States of America respectively.
She had a brief stint as an Adjunct Professor of Finance in Florida, USA and is currently involved in Real Estate Law Practice and International Business.