Chief Sunday Akabueze, the Executive Chairman of Sakab International Company Limited, and chieftain of Labour Party from Akama na Nansa autonomous community of Ihitenansa in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo-State, has not hidden his support for Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah’s governorship bid in Anambra State. In this interview, Akabueze says Ubah is the best person to succeed Governor Peter Obi when he vacates the Government House after the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State.
The Anambra gubernatorial election is the hottest issue on the political scene. How ready is your party for the election?
The pedigree of our only aspirant, Ifeanyi Ubah, stands him out among the 41 governorship aspirants. Many of the other aspirants have at one time or the other occupied high political positions in the past, but what did the good people of Anambra State got to show for it? Nothing.
Now, we are talking about a young man who, as a private business man, has touched the lives of many people in Anambra State positively. We are talking about a young man who is a detribalized Nigerian, a man who doesn’t care about where you are coming from before he will let you have what he feels rightly belongs to you.
For instance, I am from Imo State while Ubah is from Anambra, but God still used him to turn my life around. I am not the only one God used this humble and generous man to turn his or her life around.
Thousands of Ndi Anambra, Ndi Igbo and Nigerians from other states and tribes have also at one time or the other benefited from this man’s generosity.
If God can use him to do all these things as a successful private businessman, what do you think God will use him to do for the people as a sitting governor? And I am not the only one that is not from Anambra making a strong case for the people of the state to support him massively to become the next governor of Anambra.
Many people from other states and tribes who really know who Ubah is and what he is capable of doing in terms of human development and economic transformation are solidly behind him, telling the people of Anambra that the political messiah they are waiting for has finally arrived. He is on course and committed to the transformation of Anambra economically and after tacets of life.
But many people believe Labour Party is not a strong platform to vie for the governorship in Anambra. This, they say, is a minus for your candidate.
The truth of the matter is that if you come to Anambra today, and in Nigeria generally, Labour Party is the most peaceful and organized political party. I am not talking because I am a chieftain of the party. I know Ubah very well. And I know he is a very organized person. He doesn’t associate tent with the people who do not value peace and unity, because he is a strong believer in unity, peace and love.
I am sure that before he decided to pitch his tend with the Labour Party, he must have been ruled by his passion for onenessness, peace and unity in the Labour Party. He is a team player and if he joined a political party where there is crisis, without oneness, unity and love, his being a team player will be in vain. He has promised he will carry party members along and also the good people of Anambra.
In this election, personality will decide who wins. After all, who knows Labour Party in Ondo State before Governor Mimiko vied on its platform and won? It was not among the parties that every body expected will be one of the those to produce the governor. But when the best candidate declared his intention, Ondo State voted him massively on that platform. Go and see what Mimiko is doing in Ondo State today.
So, I expect to see that same thing that produced Mimiko to repeat itself in Anambra come November 16. Ifeanyi Ubah has no dent, no blemish, generous, he is a lover of youths and women, a committed Christian, a Catholic for that matter. With somebody like Ifeanyi Ubah as governor, there will be nothing like looting the state treasury. Ifeanyi Ubah has already created enough wealth for himself, his family, and people around him.
In terms of a solid, credible and popular candidate, Labour Party in Anambra has it in Ubah. And in terms of strong, popular, peaceful, unity and oneness platform, Ubah has it in Labour Party; there is no doubt that Ubah plus Labour Party equals transformation in Anambra come 2014.