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Edochie emerges DPC candidate, thanks supporters



Yul Edochie happily responding to cheers from supporters [Photo Credit: The Cable]

Nigerian actor Yul Edochie has emerged the Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) candidate, ahead of the Anambra governorship poll.

Edcohie on Thursday became the flag bearer of the DPC for the November 18 governorship election, as he was elected unopposed at the party’s primary which took place in Awka, the Anambra State capital

After winning the primary, the actor, expressed his joy while sharing pictures from his official unveiling as the party’s candidate said: “And I won the party primaries today to become the flag bearer of the DPC. Democratic Peoples Congress.

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“I give God almighty all the glory. I thank everyone who made it possible. And to all who have placed their hopes and trust in me, I will not let you down.

“It’s time for the youths, time for the masses. We are taking the government house of Anambra state come November 2017.

“We will run a government that will put the welfare of the masses first. Our victory is the people’s victory.”

Edochie also enjoined his supporters to collaborate with him to improve the economy of the state.

The actor said, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Some people may say they do not know me in politics, having made a name for himself in nollywood, but, if the state is in a bad shape, it is celebrities that should speak out. I need the support of the people of the state to make it work in Anambra state.

“My ambition is driven by the ineffective leadership style of those entrusted with the leadership of the state. Since the creation of Anambra State, it has been in the news for the wrong reasons. In all, the youths have been at the receiving end of the political tussle. The older generation of leaders recruit youths, arm them with weapons to actualize their political goals and abandon when elections are won. But when I take over as governor, youths will take their rightful position as leaders of the future.”

A few days back, the actor had given reasons he deserved to be elected the Anambra state governor.

He had sated: “Over the years as one of the most distinguished actors of my generation, I have put so much joy in the hearts of the people, (young, old, rich, poor) through my films and won their love.

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“It’s time to do much more for them through good leadership, transparent leadership, leadership that would put the welfare of the people first. The problems of Ndi Anambra have come to the last bus stop.”

He will contest against incumbent governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Tony Nwoye, flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

DPC also elected state party executives to run its affairs in Anambra for the next four years.


Ibukun Josephine Bankole was a Senior Associate at Naija News. A Mass Communication graduate, Ibukun is passionate about journalism especially in the areas of health and child related issues. She loves eating beans, singing, acting and giving motivational speeches. Ibukun is meticulous and has a positive approach to life. Contact me via twitter/Instagram @ibukunbankole_