Saturday 23rd September, 2017
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Obaze raises alarm over 2017 Governorship election selection process

Obaze raises alarm over 2017  Governorship election selection process

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.”