• Aspirant says APGA is fraud
All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Anambra State Chief Bart Nwibe has unfolded his plan for the state, promising to make it an oil and gas state.
He highlighted the urgent challenges confronting the state, including lack of industries, lack of investment, youth unemployment and bad leadership, assuring that the state will bounce back under an APC administration.
Nwibe told reporters in Lagos that charlatans were scheming to hijack the party, following their defection from the discredited Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), alleging that they were planning to use their ill-gotten wealth in the last 16 years to buy the ticket.
He said neither the APGA nor the PDP and its agents in search of new platforms can salvage Anambra, urging the APC to be weary of wealthy politicians without reputation.
The engineer-turned politician lamented what he described as the “big failure of leadership in the Southeast, which has translated into youth restiveness,” adding that some idle leaders sat comfortably at home deluding themselves into thinking that someone in Lagos was deporting Igbos.
He lamented that the strength of many Southeast politicians lied in their money, instead of the power of ideas.
Describing himself as a man of integrity and ideas, Nwibe said: “My background has prepared me for leadership. I have touched lives without making noise. I have been consistent and made impact in the defunct CAN and the APC.”
The aspirant chided defectors who wanted to change platform to contest election, saying that the APC should stop the charlatans from polluting the political environment.
He added: “The defectors do not believe in democracy. They are coming to a new environment. You don’t come to pollute the environment. Those offering themselves for leadership should be scrutinized. We cannot leave the contest to charlatans.”
Nwibe said Anambra youths lacked role models to inspire and motivate them, pointing out that they should be inducted into the culture of hard work and imbibe proper education.
He said Anambra businessmen who have capital have refrained from investing in the state because of lack of electricity.
The aspirants noted that only serious people can genuinely aspire to serve as governor in this period of recession when there is no free money coming from the Federation Account.
He said: “The money is not coming as it used to come. Oil boom is gone. So, anybody who wants to govern should think outside the box. People now have to look for the natural resources in their states to develop he states. “
Nwibe, who acknowledged that Governor Willy Obiano has done well in the area of security by stopping kidnapping, said he has failed in other areas, owing to his disruption of the town unions and the traditional institution.
He stressed: “This is a great disservice to our people. Obiano’s agenda was “continue, complete and commission.” He has not created employment for youths. Education is in chaos. No elected local council. He built a bridge which defaced the state capital. Obiano is parochial in his appointments. We should bring merit back.”
Nwibe said the APGA will not be able to invoke the memory of its founder, Chief Emeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu, saying that the party had derailed. He also warned against rigging, saying that it is prohibited in this new era of the rule of law and sanitized electoral process.
Nwide added: “APGA was a fraud. It was formed to enter an alliance with the PDP by not presenting a presidential candidate so that it could limit its participation to the governorship and parliamentary elections. Peter Obi signified APGA. The soul of APGA is gone. Even, religious now understand the situation. Even, Ikemba’s wife is not happy the way APGA is being run.
“Ojukwu did not join a tribal party when he came back from exile. He supported APGA because of the abradacabra in the PDP. But, his vision has been distorted in APGA.”
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