I am on a rescue mission in Anambra, says Nnoli
Amaechi Justin Nnoli, candidate of the National Unity Party (NUP) in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State spoke to Odita Sunday in this interview, about his plans to develop the state and its people.
Purpose of running for governorship
My drive to run is because of what Anambra State is currently undergoing. In the last 18 years, the people of my area, Aniocha Local Government, have not enjoyed the dividends of democracy. We have consistently been sidelined. It has been like a sectional thing from one government to another, we have been grossly marginalised and that is why I decided to liberate my people.
The NUP has been in existence for the past 12 years under the leadership of Perry Opara, the founder and national chairman. At present, the party has two lawmakers in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and another at the local government. We are not in the race because of the money. We know that the ruling party has what it takes to take back the power, but God, in his infinite mercy, would hand over the power to us because the Anambra people have suffered for too long.
For instance, the person that brought the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, who is also candidate of the ruling party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), is the same person now backing the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Oseloka Henry Obaze. The truth is that our past leaders in Anambra have failed the state.
My assessment of Obiano
The incumbent governor has done well in the area of security. I don’t think he has done badly if you are talking about security, you must first create jobs. By creating jobs, you have reduced the crime rates. When the youths are engaged there would be no crime. Engaging people in agriculture is key. Any government that prioritizes agriculture must definitely succeed. If you engage people in agriculture, you would see them working, producing foods for the masses because it is said that a hungry man is an angry man.
I will place priority on education with a view to making it free from primary to secondary school levels or even tertiary. Like I said before, my vision is to concentrate more on creating jobs, which would definitely enhance security. If you go to the streets, you will discover the high level of joblessness and that is what is forcing most of our youths into crime. The large number of hoodlums on the streets of Anambra exemplifies this. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is the creation of joblessness. We are crying of being marginalised but we are the one marginalizing ourselves.
If you give the incumbent governor pass mark on security what about road network?
There is, unfortunately, a reasonable level of deceit in what they said they have done so far on road construction. The roads are so dilapidated that a journey of 30 minutes now takes several hours because of the worsening condition of our roads.
Problems of leadership in Anambra
One of the greatest factor creating leadership crisis in the state is godfatherism. Some people have been imposing their candidates on the people and at the end of the day, such people would end up satisfying an insignificant number of people who worship them and that is where the problem is. For instance, If Obiano has done well; he would not be spending the time and huge sums of money he is currently spending now to get a second term. His works would have spoken for him because people would definitely say one good turn deserves another. For me, I am going there because God wants me there. The Almighty wants me to come and rescue Anambra State and with Him, all things are possible.
The Igbos should, first of all, return to their base, the east to develop it. By so doing, they would be the beautiful brides that other Nigerians would admire. The current idea of one leg in, two legs out is not helping our race. Other ethnic nationalities threaten Igbos because they know we don’t think home. The population of Igbos presently staying in the east is nothing compared with those in the Diaspora. You can see the way we were treated over this IPOB crisis; we have been taken 50 years back. Our leaders should be able to strategize and build a system that would be the envy of other ethnic nationalities; a system that would compel our industrious people to return and invest massively in Igboland.
Perception of APGA
There is nothing to show that APGA is an Igbo party. By the way, why must it be Igbo party in the first place? Why must we have Igbo party? Is there any party that belongs to the Hausas or Yoruba? We are still in Nigeria and we must have national outlook in whatever we are doing.
A little insight into your political journey
This is my first time to contest governorship election in Anambra State and my main aim is to make our people realise that the problems of the state are not insurmountable. The challenges are man-made and I am poised to tackle them headlong. Before now, I was the Coordinator for Buhari Organisation from 2002 to 2011. I later left to work with coordinators in the erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan campaign team. I returned to my business when we lost the election. When the opportunity came up, I decided to participate in the governorship race coming up in November.
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