From Chinedu Asadu, Enugu
The President General of Omambala Youth Forum, Prince Innocent Ofordile (Eselu Aguleri), has promised that his members would support Governor Willie Obiano in the 2017 Anambra governorship election.
He, therefore, called on other candidates from the Anambra North who have indicated interest to contest the election to step down for Obiano for the zone to complete its second term while advising the others from the other zones to exercise patience in respect of the zoning formula and equity principle of the state.
What is your assessment of Governor Willie Obiano’s administration?
Governor Willie Obiano is God-sent to Ndi-Anambra, hence the reason he is living up to the expectation of the people who elected him. The people of Anambra know that his administration recorded tremendous achievements in all sectors of the statec economy, more especially in security.
It is said that when the righteous is on the throne the people rejoice, Ndi-Anambra are truly rejoicing for the gift of Obiano to them at this point in time. The governor is a man whose words are his bond.
During the last 2013 election campaigns, Obiano promised to harness the agricultural potential of our beloved state and today he has done that within a space of two years and 10 months. He pledged to continue to completion all projects started by his predecessor and he did not renege on this promise.
Awka as a capital city is now wearing the look of a befitting capital city courtesy of Governor Obiano’s dividends of good governance. Obiano’s administration has recorded what can best be described as a milestone achievement in our beloved state and he deserves commendation for such wonderful work because it is said that when you praise one for doing good, the praises will spur one to do more. Therefore, the Omambala youths are proud of Obiano’s achievement.
You said the governor has done well in security, what did you see that made you to say so?
Marvelous, Obiano started with security from the inception of his administration because he knew that security is the bedrock of sustainable development and that without security there will not be any meaningful development. Ndi-Anambra are currently enjoying the benefit of Governor Obiano administration security initiatives.
In Nigeria today, Anambra is being referred to as the safest state in the country. So, Obiano has done well on the security sector. Ndi-Anambra have not had it so good like this before. You saw how his Operation Kpochapu swept out criminals from Anambra State that today kidnapping and armed robbery have been reduced to the barest minimum.
As a stakeholder from Anambra North, what is your view about the decision of some of your brother politicians from your zone to slug it out with Governor Obiano in the forthcoming governorship election?
Their ambition is dead on arrival because the people of Anambra North are not in support of their inordinate and misguided ambition. They are spoilers and we the Omambala Youth will not allow them to achieve their wicked plot of spoiling things for Obiano. They are nothing but jokers.
These set of people who have come out again contested the governorship election against Obiano in 2013 and Obiano trounced them. Mark my words they will all lose again to Obiano. One good thing is that Obiano’s achievement in Anambra State has endeared him to Ndi-Anambra and our people will use the forthcoming election to appreciate his good works. No sane Anambra Northerner will contest the governorship election with Obiano.
On this 2017 governorship election in Anambra, we heard that Prof Charles Soludo joined the APC in to contest the election, but he refuted the rumour. Yet, there are many others who have indicated interest to contest the position with Obiano, how do you look at this?
Let me first of all commend Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo for swiftly refuting the rumour of his membership of APC and governorship ambition. It shows that he is a man of honour that wants equity and fairness to be entrenched in the Anambra political system. My promise to him is that this his kind gesture to the people of Anambra North will definitely be reciprocated.
What our people are saying is that Obiano deserves a second term in office because the people of Anambra Central Senatorial zone enjoyed second term in office through Peter Obi. The reason I will not support a fresh candidate from Anambra North is because the person will alter the yet-to-be entrenched zoning arrangement in our beloved state. The only way zoning will be entrenched in the Anambra State political system is by allowing Obiano to complete his merited second term and after that power will shift to Anambra South.
Most of these people that have come out as aspirants in the forthcoming 2017 governorship election participated in the 2013 race and Obiano defeated them. Be rest assured that he will repeat the feat in this 2017 election.
There are these attacks on Obiano by critics who see nothing good in his administration. The governor is like a father to your members, what are you doing about this?
In our last meeting, the Omambala Youth Forum resolved to issue a stern warning to those beating the drums of war because of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State. In that regards, I’m using this medium to tell them to remove the hand of a monkey from the soup pot before it becomes the hand of a human being. Omambala Youth will not take it lightly with anybody that attacks Obiano.
He is our father and we will not allow discredited politicians to pocket or disgrace him out of office. We are fully prepared for the forthcoming election and we will use our mobilization strength to return Obiano to complete his second term in office. We are solidly behind Obiano.
You said that you people are behind the governor, hope this will not result into violence when you see your opponents?
The cause of election violence must be put at the doorsteps of the Abuja politicians. They go to the president and feed him with all sorts of lies in a bid to convince him to use the federal might to subvert the democratic will of the people and impose unpopular candidates on them.
It happened in Bayelsa and Rivers states, but they met stiff resistance in those states. Ndi-Anambra will resist the use of federal might to impose unpopular candidate on them. What we want is one-man one-vote and we will take every legitimate step for our votes to count. All these discredited politicians that defected to APC with the hope of using Federal might to rig the forthcoming governorship election have Ndi-Anambra to contend with because we will not allow them to achieve their devilish plot.
Anambra witnessed unprecedented qualitative leadership under Obiano administration and Ndi-Anambra will use their vote to appreciate his good works in our state. What we want in Anambra is a peaceful, free and fair election, nobody will be allowed to compromise these three things. Our members and people are peace-loving and will allow violence to mar the election we know Obiano will win in landslide.