By Tony Edike
ENUGU—The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the November 16 election in Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, said in Enugu yesterday, that Governor Peter Obi has so far received N2 trillion from the federation account without recording any tangible achievement to justify the huge funds received by his government.
Ngige, who said that he met only N38 million when he assumed office as governor of Anambra State on May 29, 2003, said that he succeeded in boosting the economy of the state leaving behind N12.8 billion for his successor.
He said: ”So far Obi has collected over N2 trillon with nothing to show for it. I met only N38 million in the Anambra government’s purse but left N12.8billion in the coffers. We revolutionized roads construction. It is not true that we did asphalt only in Idemili (his local government), we also did roads in every other part of the state.”
Addressing members of the Anambra State Peoples Assembly, ASPA, in Enugu, he further said he decided to contest the election to continue with the good jobs he did during his three-year tenure.
According to Dr. Ngige, he left the Government House in Awka abruptly, without completing his work and with most of his aspirations unfulfilled.
He promised to lift “her present village status of Awka, the state capital to an urban status,’’ worthy of its position even as the Anambra Airport would take off on or before December 2014 if elected.
Ngige also said that his eight years blueprint for development of Anambra State was jettisoned by Governor Obi as most of the strategic projects were not attended to till date.
He, however, said that his aim in contesting for a second term was to enable him dust his blueprint to rebuild Anambra State once more.
“I forgot my work plan at Government House and that is what I want to go back and collect,” Ngige said.
He also added that that he would address the issue of insecurity just like unfettered freedom of movement, equity and fairness, pointing out that the invasion of the state by kidnappers was due to bad governance.
He recalled that during his short-lived administration, he injected Anambra peoples money into service, paid teachers, pensioners and the people were proud of his government, assuring that he would do more if given the mandate in the coming election.
Ngige then pledged to give free maternal health service and malaria treatment in addition to free primary and secondary school education if re-elected.
Meanwhile, the former governor has assured that he would not allow anybody or group to rig him out of the election and asked the people to protect their votes.