Despite the ongoing confusion, legal fireworks and battery of suits by
the two contending forces within the All Progressives Grand Alliance
(APGA) led by Chiefs Maxi Okwu and Victor Umeh, both claimants to the
national chairmanship of the party, the kinsmen of the Anambra’s
governor-elect, Chief Willie Obianor are ready and eager to commence
the celebration dance for his inauguration today.
Obianor’s countryhome in Aguleri has won a new look while the PHCN has
suddenly serviced its electricity transformers in the area for a round
the clock electricity supply. The entire road network in and out of
Aguleri have won a new look, while his main building and walls have
all been repainted.
An interaction with some of the kinsmen exposed their mindset and high
expectations. Chief Charles Egwuoba, evidently one of the key
supporters and backers of Obianor, from Anambra West Council area of
rge state, wants Obianor to instil value re-orientation and over haul
the state’s education system amongst other programmes.
He wants every citizen especially those earning their salaries to sit
up and justify their salaries or be shown the door. He noted that once
security and jobs are provided in the state, foreign and local
investors would troop in. He said that Anambra has potentials of
making so much revenue internally like Lagos if only the basic things
are put in place. He therefore urged Obianor to succeed.
Another APGA chieftain in the state, Mr Benedict Nwassaa said he was
not losing any sleep about Obianor because “he is well educated,
exposed and experienced in management of human and material resources
effectively and successfully”. He described him as a ‘home brew’ who
knows his onions and shall perform.
A Portharcourt based business man, Dozie Nwankwo said that the pair of
Obianor and Dr Nkem Okeke remains an excellent blend to truly take the
state out of the doldrums. He sees them as blazing stars that would
transform the state and put smile on the faces of every citizen. He
urged everyone to close ranks and give them maximum cooperation to
Eighty-three year old Chief Anakwe Okoye of Umuaneke, Umuoba-Anam, a
retired officer with the Ministry of Health told Guardian that they
were excited to see him mount the saddle. He said they need portable
water, jobs for their children and interconnecting access roads to
give the West alternative access in and out of the area. Also they
electricity transformers as the 2012 flooding submerged and damaged
their old transformers. Another senior citizen of the community,
George Chinwuba Okonkwo said the entire North senatorial zone sees
Obianor as their beacon of hope and are ready to rally round him to
succeed. He said they need bridges and roads as the Anambra West
council becomes inaccessibly annually as from April when rains
normally set in due to flooding. He lamented that even the 22 INEC
polling units there are not accessed then.
However, in Awka, the seat of power it was a different scenario as
conflicting opinions doubt if the much expected Obianor’s moment of
glory would actually come this morning as widely expected. But what
becomes of the state if he is fail;ed to be sworn in remains a
difficult trend the nation may not wish to witness.
Because vide media publications and paid advertorials, the opposing
camps of Okwu and Umeh have been inundating the public with reasons
why Obianor will or will not be sworn in this morning.
More so, the office of the Anambra Chief Judge has acknowledged
receipt of all the processes, especially Chief Okwu’s word of caution
and the order of Justice Kafaratu of the Abuja High court.
In an interaction with journalists in his Enugwu-ukwu country home
yesterday, a former commissioner for Sports in the state Chief Emma
Nkwocha warned on the implications of swearing in of Obianor today
either by the Chief Judge, Director of Public Prosecutions or any
other judge or law officer from the state.
The warning according to him was to avoid making caricature of the judiciary.
From Chuks Collins, Awka