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Anambra Elections : Governor Obiano Promises Heaven On Earth Including A New Airport To Attract Votes

Hopes To Lure Biafrans To The Polls With Fake Promises

Willie Obiano, the Anambra state governor, on Tuesday, kicked off his re-election campaign with a  list of questionable promises, including building a new airport and increasing the wages of civil servants.

At Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, the state capital, Mr. Obiano said a bill to increase the workers salary is already before the state’s House of Assembly.

“For all civil servants, we have proposed a 15 per cent increment in salaries like we did in 2015 and once it is approved, your salaries will be increased,” Mr. Obiano said to deafening cheers from the crowd.

willie obiano Like always as far Nigeria political rhetoric is concerned, the governor added that a new airport would be completed in the state within the next four years, if re-elected.

He said “Soon, there will be no need for people to travel to Enugu and Port Harcourt to board flights.” even though people know it won’t happen but he continued…

“It will be done here in our own state, let’s go now and spread the news of Onye aghana nwanne ya (be your brother’s keeper) because this is our own state.”

Mr. 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.

willie ObianoOther top candidates contesting include Oliseloka Obazee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP); Osita Chidoka of the United Progressive Party (UPP), and Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr. Obiano further stressed the party was here to fulfill the wishes of its founder, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the late Biafran leader.

Mr. Obiano said, “The person to whom the task was initially given abandoned it and absconded to another place,”  in apparent reference to Peter Obi, his predecessor who defected to the PDP after governing for eight years.

“It is this administration that drove away criminals and kidnappers from Anambra State. We are doing well in the area of education and we have put in place health insurance scheme for the poor and disabled so that they can have access to free health care. The governor has put in N200 million into this scheme.”

Mr. Obiano used the opportunity to also highlight his achievements in agriculture as well as in community development and empowerment a move which was quickly dismissed as campaign rhetoric.

willie obianoHe said ; “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,” .

He thanked people for their support saying “APGA will not fall. It is the pillar of the Igbo’s, a symbol of our political relevance in Nigeria.”

“What we do today in agriculture and will do tomorrow is going to be greater. We are now self sufficient in food production and we are growing in cassava, maize and yam production” even though people are starving.

“The coming year will favor farmers. Form cooperatives and go to the commissioner for agriculture for support. We want our own cow and other animal farms. We export Ugu and onugbu to Europe and will do more.” he maintained.

On businesses, the governor pledged to provide business support for small scale businesses and continue providing support for rural community development in the state.

Our Opinion:

People were promised heaven on earth like they have been for the past 57 years so whether or not this promises hold water remains to be seen but judging by the few years he has been in office, Anambarians are in for another 4 years of terrible hardship and unfulfilled promises if he’s elected. 


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