Sunday 25th June, 2017
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Governor Obiano and Anambra's next governorship election

Governor Obiano and Anambra's next governorship election

Is national development not put in perpetual abeyance in national-states with egregious and ineffectual political leader­ship? There is a connection be­tween growth and political lead­ership. It is leaders that imagine and envision how their countries would develop. So, no countries can rise above the dreams, vi­sions, and leadership abilities of their leaders. That’s why the masses who possess the ultimate sovereignty in a country should cast their ballots judiciously dur­ing elections at both the national and state levels. For to barter our votes for rice and other material things is to be enslaved.
But in the fourth republic, pre­cisely in 1999, when democrat­ic governance berthed again in Nigeria, some states in Nigeria were landed with spineless and visionless political leaders, who led their states into the abyss of backwardness. In Anambra State, the leadership of the state was en­trusted in the care of Mr. Chin­woke Mbadinuju. He failed to live up to our expectations and bill­ings as he was beholden to Chief Emeka Offor, his political godfa­ther and benefactor.
And the charismatic Dr. Chris Ngige, who succeeded him, evinced tendencies of a great po­litical leader. His laudable lead­ership template and inimitable praxis in road construction and repair are still benchmarks for as­sessing governors that came af­ter him. But he was shunted aside via electoral litigation by Mr.Peter Obi, who is known for his politi­cal astuteness, financial parsimo­ny, and self-effacement.
During his reign as Anam­bra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi offered us qualitative politi­cal leadership, which made pos­itive and lasting impact in our lives as well as in Anambra State. His administration revamped the health and educational sectors in the state, constructed new roads and repaired dilapidated ones .And he would pay civil servants and pensioners their salaries and dues as and when due.
His successor, Dr. Wilie Obi­ano, a former banker, hasn’t let us down as to offering Anam­bra people meaningful, quali­tative, and life-changing polit­ical leadership. He has upped the ante of political leadership in the state with his commendable deeds. Hasn’t he put kidnappers and armed robbers to flight in the state? Now, the state, which is safe and secure, is the haven and home of industrialists and entre­preneurs, who relocated to it to build their industries and set up their businesses.
And he has boosted the prac­tice of agriculture in Anambra State by offering farmers in the state incentives to enhance their capacities for intensive large scale and mechanized farming. Today, Anambra State has joined the league of rice-producing state in Nigeria. The quality of Anambra rice surpasses that of other va­rieties of rice produced by oth­er states in the federation. And Anambra state augments the monthly financial handout it re­ceives from the centre by export­ing vegetables to other countries.
That’s why the economic reces­sion choking life out of Nigeria hasn’t thrown the state’s financ­es into the red. More so, he has devised other ways of generating revenue for the state. So, expect­edly, he has embarked on rapid industrial and infrastructure de­velopment of the state. While in­dustrial clusters and boom towns are springing up in Onitsha and Nnewi axis, he is building roads and bridges in towns across the state to open them up for devel­opment. More so, he hasn’t ne­glected the educational sector, not being unaware that educa­tion is the chief cornerstone in any geographical space with po­litical sovereignty and function­al political system.
Hasn’t he acquitted himself very well in office? Yes, he has done well so far. But his inveter­ate traducers and political oppo­nents are trying to besmirch his image with falsehoods about his person and leadership scorecard. Undeterred by their political she­nanigans, doings, and distrac­tions, he has continued to steer the state on the path of sustain­able economic growth and tech­nological advancement. He is aware that Anambra’s slogan is the Light Of The Nation, which spurs and inspires him to work tirelessly and relentlessly at his optimal capacity.
Anambra State is the home state of trail blazers and icons in such areas as music, litera­ture, academic, football, athlet­ics, and others. Just think about Osita Osadebe, Chimamanda Adiche, Chinua Achebe, Eme­ka Anyaokwu, Mikel Obi, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi, Nnamdi Azikwe ,Philip Emeagwali, and others. Anambra state, which is the home-state of many glob­al high-fliers, needs a prudent, visionary, astute, humane, able, and sagacious political leader. And the cap fits Chief Wilie Obi­ano. But, sadly, APGA, the po­litical platform from which Mr. Wilie Obiano ascended into the loft of power is in disarray and crisis, now.
Okoye writes from Uruowu­lu-Obosi, Anambra State

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