Immediate past Secretary to the Anambra state government, SSG, Mr Oseloka .H. Obaze has raised alarm on the position of Anambra North People’s Assembly on Anambra Governorship election.
Obaze who is contesting for Governor said: ‘’Given the erroneous impression being bandied about in the media purporting the recent decision by the Anambra North People’s Assembly to endorse a sole candidate from the zone for the governorship, as reflective of an Anambra North consensus, it has become imperative to clearly restate my stand on the matter.
He said further: ‘’I had the honour and privilege of hosting the ANPA Executives led by Chief Emma Achike in my office and exchanging views with them over a two-hour period on 5th January, 2017. I also interacted with the ANPA Committee led by Dr. Tim Menakaya when they visited Atani in Ogbaru LGA on 23 January, 2017.
‘’In both instances, I made it clear that Anambra North should be allowed to complete its second tenure, and that the people of the North senatorial zone should be accorded the opportunity to present their best candidates for the forthcoming governorship elections in accordance with acceptable and unfettered democratic norms.
‘’However, ANPA, has in its considered wisdom, has taken a non-inclusive, unrepresentative and undemocratic decision that forecloses on all possible and probable best options open to Anambra North. In the fullness of time, the limited utility of such a myopic decision will become manifest. History and realpolitik will reveal consequently that the best political decisions and judgement are those based on pragmatism not on gratuitous or primordial sentiments.
Obaze also rejected a publication by Mr Okechukwu Uzoije claiming he was rejected by Ogbaru people for his aspiration to govern Anambra state.
A statement by Obaze campaign organization which he personally endorsed read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to a recount of a recent meeting of Ogbaru Development Association (ODA), which one Mr Okechukwu Uzoije wrote.
‘’ We accept that in a democratic setting, Mr. Uzoije is entitled to his views, but to fabricate outright lies against Mr Oseloka H, Obaze a stakeholder and personality in good standing who spoke publicly, in a group meeting with over twenty-five persons present and therefore witnesses is to be clever by half.
“Mr Obaze as part of political consultations, which he has had with various stakeholders, undertook consultations recently with Ogbaru Development Association (ODA). He was mindful that the members present though of Ogbaru extraction, varied politically and said so as a preface to his remarks. It was in that context he mentioned only five people he had consulted, some of them from Ogbaru.
“Obaze spoke about issues and challenges confronting Ogbaru, Anambra and Igboland, as well as community project funding, status of local governments and abandoned Ogbaru roads, just as he has done in recent radio interviews.
“On political appointment of Ogbaru indigenes, Mr Obaze only recounted a phone call he received from on Ogbaru stakeholder, who complained about the appointments being concentrated in one town and advised on the need for political spread. Naturally, Mr Obaze who has quietly facilitated empowerment many Ogbaru people, cannot be opposed to any Ogbaru person benefitting from the government’s political largesse.
“In politics, Mr. Obaze has never dealt with personalities, or engaged in name calling. Obaze never reacted or spoke about ANPA or its endorsement. Suggesting that he did is the malign fabrication by the author. Moreover, it was officials of ODA that restricted the Q & A to two questions, to which Obaze courteously responded.
Obaze concluded: “Finally, to describe the meeting as acrimonious or even heated, is the most preposterous supposition. To suggest that ODA members or Ogbaru people rejected Mr Obaze is a crass contention and mere self-serving politicking.”