By Ebele Orakpo
NOW that the Anambra gubernatorial election has come and gone and a winner announced, I guess congratulations to the winner, Mr. Peter Obi, is in order.
Having contested and won, Obi commended his opponents for a well-fought battle and invited them to join hands with him to move the state forward.
He had said in his acceptance speech: â€œAs for my brothers and sisters who contested the election with me, I commend them for their patriotism and desire to serve our people. You have no doubt put up a gallant fight. What is most important now is that we remain good brothers and sisters that we have been over the years and join hands in building a better Anambra State for ourselves and our childrenâ€.
If politicians are indeed sincere about serving the people of Anambra State, then I think the best way to do it now is to take Obi up on his invitation. You can serve your people from wherever you are, not necessarily occupying the number one seat in the state.
Having gone through the manifestoes of some of the candidates, I think they each have something to offer the state. For instance, the PDP candidate, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo had promised to make the state African Dubai-Taiwan (ADT), having Onitsha as its major interest. He promised to build an Independent Power Plant (IPP), create jobs for the youths, get the Federal Government to construct Onitsha River port, second Niger Bridge, establish Anambra airports, Anambra Wonder Gardens etc.
Said Soludo: â€œOurs is a vision to take Anambra to the next level. Our vision is that Anambra, bounded by six states – Kogi in the North, Delta in the West, Rivers in the South, Imo and Abia in the East, and Enugu in the North-East, should be an excellent commercial-industrial hub that can combine the best of Dubai and Taiwanâ€.
Similarly, Hon. (Mrs)Uche Ekwunife of Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA) had promised to build a private power plant and develop the commercial sector, empower parents and strengthen families, provide quality education by investing and funding nursery and primary education.
â€œI believe we can make Anambra State the best in science and technology while still maintaining our lead in trade and commerce; I believe we can reposition our economy; I believe we can invest in our future. The only way we can build or invest in the future we deserve is if together we put gender, party and religious politics aside,â€ she said during her campaign.
Dr. Chris Ngige of the Action Congress (AC) promised public safety and security, infrastructure development, social services and human resources development. In infrastructure development, Ngige told the people that power, water supply, road reconstruction and transportation, public and mass housing and agriculture would be his priority.
According to him, education will be free, while healthcare will be made functional, qualitative and affordable.
For Dr. Andy Uba of the Labour Party, his priority would be adequate security of lives and property, education and youth development, provision of functional healthcare, job creation, improved power generation, water and sanitation, road network, agriculture, adequate housing, among others.
Uba had said in his manifesto: â€œIt is crystal clear that there is nothing dear to our people as a leadership dedicated to ministering to their needs.
They want leaders who will truly see themselves as servants of the people rather than imperial lords. Our reconstruction and development programmes for Anambra State will be driven by a reform agenda that involves a holistic, integrated and sustainable approach to development across all spheres.â€
These promises are good if they can be realised. I believe they could still do all they have promised by putting personal and selfish interests aside and joining forces with GovernorÂ Obi.
Ms. Orakpo is aÂ staff of Vanguard Newspapers.