By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State, Chief Ben Ezeibe, has advised Anambra governorship candidates and political leaders not to play politics with the future of the people of the state,Â saying next weekâ€™s election should be seen as an opportunity to integrate Anambra into the mainstream of Nigerian politics.
He faulted Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwuâ€™s support for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, governorship candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.
According to him, Ojukwu present position is a sharp departure from his popularly held political ideology that Ndigbo must always belong to a mainstream political party.
Speaking with Vanguard in Enugu at the weekend, Ezeibe said the only way Anambra could be rapidly developed and remain relevant in the polity was to allow the PDP and its candidate, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, to steer the ship of the state at the expiration of Obiâ€™s tenure.
He warned that it would be disastrous for Anambra people to allow a minority party to continue to govern the state for the next four years in the face of â€œthe serious economic downturnâ€Â which, according to him, the state is experiencing on account of the mismanagement of the stateâ€™s resources and lack of direction by past leaders.
Ezeibe said:Â â€œOjukwuâ€™s APGA had kept Anambra State in minority since the past four years and wants us to continue to exist outside.â€