Tuesday 24th October, 2017
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For Nnewi man to be Anambra State governor

For Nnewi man to be Anambra State governor

I write with patriotic zeal of an Nnewi Man. I write as a citi­zen imbued with the rich his­tory of this ancient town. I write with high regard for the Person­alities, financial and material re­sources of my people. Indeed my heart bleeds each time there was struggle for governorship seat of Anambra State. I pity Nnewi for being blessed with everything, including business and academ­ic top notchers, yet none of her citizen ever occupied Anambra executive seat since its creation 25 years ago.
My thought puzzles with diffi­culties as November 2017, draws nearer for another gubernatorial election. I don’t know how Nne­wi people are gearing up for his great political assignment. I don’t want to dwell on the comment that Nnewi man was only born to be ruled irrespective of his fi­nancial muscle. Our critics be­lieve that we are the architect of our political misadventure by not working as a team. That we don’t have solid framework devoid of personal interest, that intrigues and subterfuge are affecting our common affinity.
Truly, Nnewi is blessed in all ramifications. The town is lucky to have monarchal tradition with humble and kind-hearted Igwe as traditional ruler. Nne­wi people are endowed with na­tive intelligence; they are skillful both in business and academic. They are in so many places do­ing so many things. They are well known as adventurers who love taking risk to survive. The aver­age citizen is known for his re­sourcefulness and hard work, the people are affably disposed, a trait which when added to their resourceful spirit made their out­standing success in commerce and industry possible. It was an age-long foundation laid by their progenators- Francis Nwokedi (first African Rep. on UN Congo operations) Sir Louis Odumeg­wu Ojukwu (first African Mil­lionaire) Dr. Nlogha Okeke (World who’s who on Thoracic Surgery) Dr. Nnodu Okongwu (first Igbo Ph.D in Education) Dr. Akwaeke Nwafor – Orizu (first Indigenous Senate Presi­dent) the list is exhaustible in­cluding the living legends – SPC Okongwu, Dozie Ikedife, Justice Ubaezonu, Prof. Aghaji, Ibeto, Ufodike, Okafor, Ubah, Etiaba, Cosmas Maduka, Nwosu, Obia­ga, Ofomata, Uzodike, Momah, Obienu, Ozoka, etc.These are men of connections, these are political heavy weights, and these are people with lofty ideas and ambitions.
Yet, Nnewi remains dabbling in political wilderness. Since the creation of Anambra state, no Nnewi citizen apart from Mrs. Virgy Eliuba’s 3 months tem­porary grasp, ever occupies the governorship seat, the closest be­ing December 27, 1999 when Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju stopped our son, Prof. ABC Nwosu from mounting the saddle. Indeed, the likes of Chief George Muogha­lu, Chief Dan Ulasi, Engr. Ajulu Uzodike, Barr Emeka Etiaba, Dr. Patrick Ubah have all tried their best and lost.
What was the reason behind their failures? Dim Chukwue­meka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s unbiased suggestion may per­haps help us. “Nnewi history is not based on a common ances­tor. We are not offspring’s of the same mother, we are not brothers as such, and each quarter guards jealously its own socio-political leadership structure …”
No wonder each time an Nne­wi politician declares his gover­norship interest another citi­zen will rise up campaigning for same seat. No matter their ef­forts, and robust campaigns, the pull-me-down syndrome always hinders their progress. Right from village up to community, the wholesome attack within of­fers our critical neighbours the ample chance to kill our guber ambition.
And now, what shall we do to get it right? We just have to bury the past and forge ahead. We must endeavour to insti­tute group interest, a selfless ap­proach aimed at lifting Nnewi to real cosmopolitan business city via political power. Both the rich and common citizen must see the project as collective task. We must ignore individual mudslinging, in­ternal feud, and pull our resources together for a single credible can­didate. We must swallow our ego, eschew voracious appetite with­in, and march in unison to grab the power. Nnewi united front, no doubt, is a big threat to any other candidate in Anambra State. Inter­estingly, the current political and economy power of the town still rest on the citizens, which is an im­petus if well utilized. The time for this gambit is now!
•Udeh, Author and commen­tator on national issues wrote via udehrapu4u@gmail.com

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