Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 22 March 2017 | 2,050 times
A governorship aspirant for the November 2017 Anambra election on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Barth Nwibe, has described politics of isolation as a bad omen for Anambra State, saying that the people of the state needed to be where major decisions concerning the country are taken.
He made the statement weekend in Awka while addressing journalists.
Nwibe, who is a foundation member of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that metamorphosed into APC, explained that because Anambra gets over 70% of her income from the Federal Government that if its people are not close to the helm of affairs, there is the possibility of being cheated out.
Reacting to the alleged endorsement of Governor Willie Obiano by the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo, he said that Soludo’s comment that there was no vacancy at Awka Government House was undemocratic.
“His statement is anti-democracy and it shows that he has a hidden agenda. Maybe he has an agreement with Governor Obiano that he will be handed over the state after Obiano’s eight years,” he stated.
On the mass exodus of the big names in the state into APC, Nwibe said, “Politicians who jump into the party for the purpose of using their money to secure the party’s governorship ticket would be disappointed because there would be free and fair primaries.
“Those who hope that money will determine the eventual winner of the APC ticket will be disappointed because our people know many of them. Some of the people jumping about even have gaps in their curriculum vitae and Anambra State does not need such people.
“We welcome them into APC, but they will be disappointed that only people with credibility will be voted into office.”
The governorship aspirant stressed that the worrisome aspect of it was that the money being used to deceive the people came from questionable sources.
He added that those whose main reason for crossing over to APC was to share money would be disappointed because according to him, APC is a disciplined party and not a political party where money is shared.
Nwibe, however, welcomed those he described as progressive-minded Igbo people who had joined APC, arguing that their aim was to bring Igbo into the mainstream politics of Nigeria.
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