Willie Obiano is working – Ebere Wabara
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, declared that
nothing will make him dump the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the
platform which facilitated and guaranteed his emergence for this plum
office. He affirmed that his resolution on this was borne out of personal
Nigerian political parties are virtually the same thing with no critical
distinctions or defining ideologies that distinguish such associations
elsewhere. The basic attraction here is which of the groups will serve the
selfish interest of the politician at any given time! Our mostly
charlatanistic politicians defect when they fail to achieve their usually
bizarre ambitions in any particular formation—it is never because of
conflicting principles or divergent ideological persuasions as there are
Most members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are either renegades
from the fossilizing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or persons from the
ragtag and inchoate oppositional forces who feel that it makes the best
sense in a warped political system to belong to the party in charge of
national governance for indeterminate benefits, protection by the federal
might and imaginary shield from the currency of optimal leadership.
Another curious motivation for weird Nigerian politicians who have made
political entrepreneurship of democracy is the obsession to align with the
ruling party in the self-delusion that in the event of inevitable
embezzlement, the father-figure will be protective in the natural tendency
of passionate parental shield over offspring. The bullish Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) comes to mind here as the major reason
thievish politicians, particularly governors, irresponsibly and
thoughtlessly defect to the ruling party without the cogency of logic.
There may be a few exceptions of those who defect on credibility/principle
or personal grouses about some members.
Issuing from the above is the decision of Gov. Obiano not to abandon APGA
for APC—a suspicion that had been a subject of gossip in the past one year
or thereabouts. It is proper that the man at the centre of it all has
debunked any such political harlotry that borders on associational
convolution. This could only have been possible if Gov. Obiano had a
predilection for public treasury looting/holistic propensity for other
criminalities and the absolute need to identify with the ruling party in
foreclosure of any concomitant EFCC inquisition that embarrassingly
hallmarks a spectacle of public odium.
With this kind of official propriety demonstrative of the sterling
character and professional pedigree of Gov. Obiano, it is not too early to
robustly prospect the profundity of his second term in office, especially
with his having institutionalized good governance in the first leg of his
inimitable administration. His profuse antecedents since coming to power
will speak volumes for him and by extrapolation distinguish him in the
years ahead in our society signposted by clownish pedestrianism.
The unprecedented agricultural transformation taking place in Anambra State
today is so massively revolutionary that you would think the state is
sitting on the largest acreage of land in the country.
Alas, Anambra is the smallest in Nigeria in terms of space without any
architectural possibility of expansion and ravaged by one of the worst
erosion crises of our time, yet with diligence, commitment, technology and
expertise the passionate governor is doing marvelously well in this sector
as in other sectors we shall briefly touch on presently. The Orumba North
mechanized rice project is already on the export trail.
In my state of Abia, the faculties of the state’s college of education and
the Abia State University, Justice Ministry staff and other organizational
employees are perpetually on strike over non-payment of salaries that
backlog! Not so with our subject today. Probably because of his
supranational financial management prowess, it is on verifiable record that
instead of owing workers, Gov. Obiano is now known as the “Alert Governor”
because public servants get their statutory monthly emoluments via bank
(credit) alert messages latest the 26th of every month. It is cruel and
callous for any governor to default in this existential sphere.
Going by constituency contributions to the administration of Anambra State,
the south and central divisions have both done two terms of eight years
each, while the north that produced Gov. Obiano completes four years in
March 2018. The imperativeness of this beyond his multifarious
accomplishments is the equitable need for him to also round off with a
second term. If he was not doing well, this template will pale into
insignificance as the zone could equally come up with another prospect that
will alter or truncate the four-year zonal arrangement in this Light of the
In the past two years, Anambra State has become a hub of industrial
revolution and an engineering site with copious direct foreign and local
investments swarming the state. This could not have been possible without
enablers and pillars put in place by the current administration.
Interestingly, the benefits and results of the various institutional
partnerships are yielding profuse results already amid flourishing
expectations from those still under gestation. The legendary commercial
traditions of the state have now been harmonized and standardized from
age-long primitive practices for sustainable hauls.
The Obiano-led government is working towards creating 320,000 job
opportunities by the end of the first leg of the guaranteed two-term
tenure. This promise is hinged on …