- Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, has taken a swipe at his predecessor, Peter Obi
- Obiano accused the former governor of running away after he was handed the baton
- The current governor during his campaign said Anambra is not a state for godfather as the era is dead
Ahead of the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial poll in November, the state governor, Willie Obiano, has attacked his predecessor, Peter Obi.
The current governor who is from Anambra North while his predecessor, Obi, is from Anambra Central said: “The person to whom the baton was handed over to left it and ran away, he is Ọgba Ọsọ 1 (someone who runs away from challenges).
“What we need now is someone that will rule for four years and hand over power to another zone.
“Which is more guaranteed? The person who has four years to spend or the person who can spend eight years and ask that he is allowed four years after which he will go? All these other people who are moving around looking for you to vote them will go for eight years and when they do so, it will affect the plan. After I’m done, it is going to the South.”
Obiano on Tuesday, October 3, while flagging off his re-election campaign with a laundry list of promises, including building a new airport and increasing the wages of civil servants said: “If you look well, you will see that APGA is thriving, we represent our forefathers’ wishes and dreams.”
According to Premium Times, Obiano at his campaign rally said the party was poised to fulfill the wishes of its founder, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the late Biafran leader.
“The person to whom the task was initially given abandoned it and absconded to another place,” Obiano said, in apparent reference to his predecessor who defected to the PDP after governing for eight years.
Obiano addressing the crowd at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, the state capital said a bill to increase the workers’ salary by 15% is already before the state’s House of Assembly.
The governor added that a new airport would be completed in the state within the next four years, if re-elected, adding that there will be no need for people to travel to Enugu and Port Harcourt to board flights.
Obiano used the opportunity to also highlight his achievements in agriculture as well as in community development and empowerment.
“Anambra is not a state for god fathers. The era of godfather is dead. We are a state where leadership revolves around the people and their wishes.
“APGA will not fall. It is the pillar of the Igbo’s, a symbol of our political relevance in Nigeria. I thank you all for your support," he said.
Obiano also told the crowd that a re-election for him would present the best opportunity for the implementation of the zoning formula in the state, with power shifting to Anambra South after his tenure.
The governor urged his fellow contestants in the governorship race to campaign responsibly during the election to make it a peaceful process.
Obiano, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), will contest against 36 other candidates at the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra state scheduled for November 18.
Other top contenders at the polls include Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Oliseloka Obazee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP); and Osita Chidoka of the United Progressive Party (UPP).
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In a previous report by NAIJ.com Governor Obiano revealed what he discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, saying the president promised a free and fair election in Anambra state.
The Anambra governor visited the president on Tuesday, October 3, and Vanguard reports that Obaino said the president wants every governor to succeed.
Obiano said President Buhari likes governors who deliver dividends of democracy to their people and that he also promised government support for a free election in the state.
Ojukwu's bunker during conflict for the independence of Biafra - on NAIJ.com TV.