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MOFGAS, Oronukwu, setting yet another mission for Anambra 2017 Politics

MOFGAS, Oronukwu, setting yet another mission for Anambra 2017 Politics

Politicians should be held responsible for infractions often as­sociated with politics. Aside this politics is sweet and the players should be happy to be serving the people wholeheartedly, but is it so? Our politi­cians serve themselves and those who sing their praise but sometimes they remember their cronies.
If democracy and poli­ticking should develop in Nigeria, the agenda setting attitude of Chief Shedrack Anakwue-Oro­nukwu from Amanuke, Awka North council area should be emulated in­toto even though I see it as ‘ drinking panadol for another person’s matter’.
For me, Anambra Gover­norship election has gone to the people of Anambra South senatorial zone, it is left for them to manage it well or…. The only reason why I summed it up was the ingratitude by the peo­ple of Anambra North. The politicians from Anambra North were so ungrateful to the people of Anam­bra Central and all those from other zones who had sleepless nights to make their son a Governor.
It was expected that poli­ticians from the North would have organized a thank you party for the people who in one way or the other supported their son Chief Willie Madu­aburuchukwu Obiano , Akpokuedike gburugburu to emerge Governor espe­cially Peter Obi even if the man on the spot has for­gotten so soon. Did they do that? Rather from the inauguration ground three years ago at Dr Alex Ek­wueme Square, Anambra North’s son and first fam­ily declared war against those who fought the bat­tle. The war was good but glad Obiano himself has seen the abnormali­ties with such stance.
Good a thing, everybody who was brought before the storm quietly stayed away to avoid destroy­ing a house we all built. I was not an outsider too. We had bruises all over in the name of standing for Anambra North. But what was our gain? We got insults and threats by even some who never knew how the battle was fought and won. What a way to say thank you to a group who started cam­paigning for power shift to Anambra North and God heard them, using the uncompromising stance of former Governor Pe­ter Gregory Obi, Okwute Ndigbo to make it happen.
In months to come, even with the power of incum­bency and monies stashed away allegedly for cam­paign, a visitor is a visitor in the battle of trenches and real game of politics in Anambra especially when every community in the state is having one problem of imposition of either the Igwe or the President General in the name of repositioning Obiano’s men for 2017.
Obiano would have al­lowed free and fair elec­tions in the communities and utilize it to his advan­tage as the masses would stand against election rig­ging against him assuming he has the chances of win­ning in a free contest with all the ‘foreign appointees’. Some of his aides if not 70 percent cannot and I repeat cannot win their wards. And the worst those aides refused to bring peo­ple who could add pep closer as their advisers etc.
When I heard a new group emerged for Anam­bra 2017, my first question was who formed it and who was leading it. The Move­ment for greater Anam­bra state (MOFGAS), was formed by like minds who since 1998 had their ways in championing a course and setting agenda for Anambra politics without noise. The group is led by Chief Shedrack Anakwue-Oronukwu. Oronukwu as he is popularly called was a former Speaker in Awka North legislative coun­cil, later became Execu­tive Chairman of the local government and subse­quently different positions and Committee mem­bers of different things.
But Oronukwu and his men from Anambra North senatorial zone, known as “Olu Na Adagbe” made it possible that Anambra North produced a Gover­nor as they started cham­pioning a course for a shift to of Governorship can­didate to Anambra North after several courtesy calls and night crawls to per­sonalities before launch­ing a campaign July 14th , 2012. Today it was a re­ality and they have start­ed another movement.
It is important to note that when the course was accepted Obiano was no­where in the list to the ex­tent that Obi of Onitsha snubbed Obiano during a visit in 2013 and even fell out with Peter Obi for sin­gling Obiano out after they had Chief Chike Obidigbo as their consensus candi­date of Anambra North. Igwe Achebe allegedly abandoned his duties as Traditional Rulers coun­cil chairman in the state.
Remember the Move­ment for greater Anambra state (MOFGAS), has been officially launched since 17th November, 2016 with a mandate to get a candi­date acceptable to all citi­zens of Anambra state as a true leader with qualities unparallel, and to ensure power was not coveted by Anambra South, as it ei­ther goes back to Anambra North or Anambra South. There slogan is non be­tween Anambra North and Anambra South should say it is their birthright to produce the next Gov­ernor of Anambra state as equity has been seen to have been observed.
This group has no ulte­rior motive or selfish game but to ensure there is eq­uity in development and service delivery as well as governance. But let me add as a conscious citizen that, for 2017 Governor­ship elections, the political parties should shift their search for would be Gov­ernor to Anambra South and Anambra North and strictly to Anglicans and Pentecostals. This is no religious politics but real­ity on ground. Any Ro­man Catholic candidate would not make it unless God has another plan.
This group wants an in­dependent, selfless, quality and qualitative personal­ity without dent and who has been able on his or her own create jobs for hun­dreds of Ndi-Anambra and beyond and has a personal worth to prosecute Anam­bra elections unaided to be Governor. The candidate must have a human face, invested heavily in the state like Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, and Mr Godwin Ezeemo as well as Dr Chike Obi­digbo. They said some­body with financial chest like Peter Obi is what An­ambra needed as people who are assisted into office thorough godfatherism are proving a point in disaster and selfishness in govern­ance. Anambra North and Anambra South should be given level playing ground not Anambra Cen­tral. But for me Anambra South should take it now.
During then Governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju, Odera, Oronukwu just came out as Council chairman and used all the monies he saved to fight against imposition of candidate in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by Chief Joseph Okonkwo Ofiadiulu and they won.
And after that era, they formed a group known as Central Focus with late Osonwa and agitated for power to shift to the cen­tral which they achieved giving way for Governor Peter Obi whose mandate Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige thwarted but still Cen­tral had it and later Obi recovered his mandate.
Then, all political par­ties shifted to Central to pick their candidates. At their Central Focus, they appealed that can­didates of political par­ties must be Catholics because Mbadinuju was Anglican. Excluding that game changer, Chief Okey Nwosu from Awka was the candidate to beat in grassroot and popularity. That introduced religious politics in Anambra, and Ngige, Obi as well as Obi­ano did not help matters here. But the truth is that 2017 Anambra Governor­ship campaign has already started as Mr Godwin Chukwunenye Ezeemo has flooded the city with his posters. Anambra North or Anambra South, which shall we go for 2017?

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