*Okowa congratulates Obi, says he remains a reference point in Nigeria

Obi handing over a cheque of N2 million to the National Coordinator of Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder, APLSCD, Mrs Aisha Edwards Maduagwu, in Agulu

As part of the activities to mark his 60th birthday celebration on July 19, the Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, visited the Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder (APLSCD), where he cut his birthday cake and made a donation of N2 million to them.

Speaking at the National Headquarters of APLSCD in Agulu, Anambra State, Obi stated that he was grateful to God for all the blessings he has enjoyed for the past 60 years. He explained that whatever achievements or heights one attains in life is by the grace of God, thus, ‘we need to appreciate God by investing in the well being of those around you, especially those in need’.

Obi advised leaders at all levels of government never to shut their ears to the cries of the poor around them. He reminded them that power comes from God and whoever abuses it by ignoring the cries of the needy will face God’s punishment.

Handing over the cheque of N2 million to the National Coordinator of the Association, Mrs Aisha Edward Maduagwu. Obi encouraged her to invest the money into the welfare of the Association while encouraging them to continue their crusade against the Sickle Cell Disorder.

Appreciating Obi for his generous donation, Aisha said it was a great and happy day for them to receive Mr Peter Obi, whose name, she said, continues to reckon with admiration, respect and honour, both local and international.

“Mr Peter Obi, as we all know, is a man of immense public acceptance in civility, humility, charity, and an accomplished public servant whose eight years in office as Governor of Anambra State, emancipated the State from the doldrums, into an economic boom with all social machineries working smoothly for the common good.

“Mr Peter Obi is celebrating his birthday today and has decided to bring this pleasant celebration down to persons living sickle cell disease, a noble and remarkable way that reflects his humane personality, as being concerned towards the well-being of the under privileged.” Aisha said.

She further stated that sickle cell sensitisation remains a serious subject matter that should be given serious attention in society. She implored on the general public to take genotype compatibility very seriously.

Obi was accompanied by his Former Chief of Staff and former Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof. Stella Chinyere Okunna, and the former Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Anambra State, Dr Patrick Nky Obi.

Obi cutting his birthday cake with the Sickle Cell Association

Meanwhile, Governor of Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated on the occasion of his 60th birthday, saying Obi remains a reference point in Nigeria.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa said that Obi’s tenure as governor recorded outstanding transformation of Anambra, which had remained a reference point in the country.

He commended Obi for his outstanding leadership and immense contributions to the growth and development of the state, especially when he bequeathed lots of assets to his predecessor and the state.

Okowa remarked that Obi’s enviable success as governor did not come to many as a surprise given his pedigree as a consummate banker and finance management expert.

He particularly commended the former governor for the physical transformation of Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra, which hitherto was despised by many for the crime rate and other vices in the city.

According to Okowa, Peter Obi demonstrated immense courage and determination to develop Anambra in spite of all the battles he fought as governor of the state.

“Your Excellency, your selfless and impressive performance as governor of Anambra has already distinguished you as a great nationalist and among the pride of our great nation.

“At a very young age, you towered high in the corporate world which was your occupational comfort zone, until your people beckoned on you to take up the mantle of leadership which was at a rudderless level at a time in the state.

“Your performance after eight years proved those who recommended you right for the job. You were a lesson in fiscal prudence, accountability and transparency to both those in public and private sectors, especially in governance.

“Since leaving office in 2014, you have remained a great figure and an inspirational leader for our great party in your state and country, and an undisputable model and mentor to younger Nigerians,” he said.