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ODOGWU EMEKA ODOGWU reports that it was cheering news on Saturday in Anambra state as some Stakeholders of the Nigeria’s main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Anambra Chapter raised a whopping sum of money totalling about N125 Million for COVID-19 intervention.
This novel and noble initiative reports stood out as the first of it’s kind in the country since the invasion of the dreaded COVID-19 virus by a political party.
The wonderful initiative, led by HE Mr. Peter Obi, the immediate past Governor of Anambra State and former Vice Presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 general election, according to the state Chairman of PDP, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu was a clear manifestation his ability to galvanise the stakeholders of the party and a perfect indication that PDP as a political party truly and genuinely care for Ndi Anambra.
According to a statement by PDP leaders on Saturday, May 16, 2020 where some of the palliative were shared, the palliatives will be distributed among all the 178 communities in the state for less privileged members of the state such that every community in the state will have about 60 members of their community benefiting from the palliatives both in cash and in kind.
About N42 million will be used to provide food and other items directly to all wards in the south-eastern states.
From the fund, items and cash worth N15 million will be donated to Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi; Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Awka; General Hospital, Onitsha and other hospitals and health centres.
In making this donation, the Anambra PDP enjoined every Nigerian to work together as a family because COVID-19 is neither political, tribal, nor religious.
The statement entitled: ‘’PDP ANAMBRA POST-LOCKDOWN CASH AND OTHER MATERIAL WELFARE SUPPORT’’ , read in part: ‘’Ndi Anambra, we the PDP Family in Anambra State, sincerely thank you for abiding by the rules and regulations prescribed by the Federal and State governments in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
‘’We thank our heroes and heroines in the field, our health care workers, who are at the fore front of this fight. We mourn our compatriots who have lost their lives to this pandemic. Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones. May God comfort and strengthen you and us all.
‘’We graciously thank the under-listed donors for their generosity; Anambra PDP BoT Members Anambra State PDP Chairman and Executives Mr. Peter Obi – N40,000,000, Senator Stella Oduah – N10,000,000, Senator Uche Ekwunife – N10,000,000, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema – N5,000,000 Hon. Chris Azubogu – N5,000,000 Hon. Obinna Chidoka – N5,000,000 Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu – N5,000,000 Hon. Vincent Ofumelu – N5,000,000 Hon. Samuel Onwuaso – N5,000,000 and Mr. Valentine Ozigbo – N2,500,000, as well as Mr. Oseloka Obaze – N1,000,000 and Chief Ifedi Okwena – N1,000,000 among others.