Anambra State literally stood still on Friday, 17th March, 2017, as the incumbent Governor Willie Maduabuchi Obiano’s administration clocks three years in office.
Governor Obiano (Akpokuedike), an Aguleri-born professional banker and auditor of international repute, took over the mantle of leadership of the ‘Light Of The Nation’ from a fellow party-man, Chief Peter Obi CON (Okwute), on March 17, 2014, both of them belonging to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The performance of the governor within the past three years has remained a topic of heated debate among political observers and pundits, as many awarded him pass marks while others, mainly opposition politicians, rated him below par in comparison with the immediate past administration.
Anambra State chairman of APGA, Hon Sir Norbert Obi (Ugobueze), described Governor Obiano’s stewardship since assumption of office, as marvelous and commendable, in terms practical translation of his campaign promises to complete all projects inherited from his predecessor, commission them and commence new ones under his four ‘Cs’ and ‘Four Pillars of Development’ with various ‘Enablers’ as promised in his campaign manifesto.
Hon. Kingsley Iruba, Chairman of the Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Information and member representing Nnewi South I constituency, rated Governor Obiano highly for massive facelifts given to Awka capital territory through provision of infrastructures and quality network of dual-carriage roads with street lights together with grassroots’ development of the 179 communities in the state.
The lawmaker listed improvement of workers’ welfare through 15% upward wage review, prompt payment of salaries and distribution of free bags of rice to workers at Christmas as well as industrial and agricultural revolution taking place in the state which resulted in commercial production of branded Anambra rice, as some unique achievements of the Obiano’s administration.
Member representing Oyi Constituency in the state legislature, Hon Mrs Vivian Okadigbo, also applauded the governor for his people-oriented policies and judiciously utilising the limited available resources of the state in providing essential amenities and maintaining water-tight security that restored public freedom from criminals as hitherto the case.
Hon Okadigbo noted that with security of life and property, the state had become investors’ first choice while peasant farmers in the state now jubilate for the support by the government through creation of export markets for vegetables and fruits produced in the state, in addition to infrastructural upgrading of Awka capital metropolis and rural communities with good roads and street lights.
A business mogul, Chief Olisa Aniunoh, MD/CEO of Oliswarren Limited, awarded Governor Obiano pass marks for meticulous financial management and the remarkable increase in the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state under his administration which ensured smooth running of the government under the biting economic recession which had incapacitated other states.
They all concurred that Governor Obiano had performed impressively to merit a second tenure, urging the Anambra electorate to collectively support and vote form him in the November 18, 2017, governorship election to enable him deliver more dividends of democracy to the masses, pointing out that the state would record enviable leap under his continued leadership.
However, Chief Ken Emeakayi, a factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told journalists at a recent press conference on behalf of 24 opposition parties in the state, that Governor Obiano is a non-performer and also issued an ‘ultimatum’ to the State House of Assembly to initiate the process of his impeachment for allegedly breaching the constitution.
Reacting swiftly to the call by Chief Ken Emeakayi for the impeachment of the governor by the legislators, Sir Norbert Obi and Hon Iruba described it as a mere joke, irrelevant and distractive move to the hardworking governor, pointing out that Chief Emeakayi has not forwarded any petition to the assembly on the issue.
By Franz Ndulue