By James Ezema
AS political parties make frantic efforts to beat today’s Independent National Electoral Commission deadline on submission names of candidates for the 2010 governorship election, more aspirants are gearing upÂ for the February 6 election.
One of the new entrants into the race isÂ a human rights lawyer, Mr. Chijioke Godfrey Ndubuisi. HeÂ spoke to Vanguard in Lagos after a meeting with his political associates, friends and supporters in Abuja, saying that he was contesting the election on the platform of the National Democratic Party (NDP).
According to him, he joined the race on the platform of the NDP because of his believe in the principles and ethos of the party which â€œI found consistent with my ideals as a human rights lawyer and welfaristâ€.
Ndubuisi who is the President of Commercial, Oil & Gas, Aviation and Tax Lawyers Association (COGATLA) said that he opted to join the race for the governorship of Anambra State to restore peace in the state as a bridge builder and put the state back into reckoning after apparent derailment of the state from the aspirations of Anambra people.
Ndubuisi who was born in 1963 in Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State has been in private legal practice since 1992. He attended Christ the King College, Onitsha, College of Arts and Science, Okoh, Lagos State University and the Nigerian Law School.
Regretting that the values which made the state produce men like late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe,Â Philip Emeagwali, Chinua Achebe and scores of other pace setters have been brought to its knees due to poor leadership that has been the lot of the state since its creation, Ndubuisi promised to unite the people of the state if elected governor.
â€œI assure the people of Anambra State that the yoke holding the state will soon be broken and we will reclaim our position as the first among equals in Nigeria once again. We have watched desperate and bankrupt politicians destroying the things that make Anambra State to stand out over the year.
The systematic destruction and derailment of Anambra State will no longer be allowed to continue.â€œThis is why I have resolved to come out to put our dear state back to reckoning. I am assuring the good people of Anambra State that help is around the corner,â€ he said.
He told Vanguard that he has already developed a blueprint for the development of the state.He added that he would give priority to education and employment generation to harness the potential of the enterprising people of the state. Ndubuisi maintained that he would also embark on linkages with investors to achieve full industrialization of the state and also ensure the development of agriculture and infrastructure, including linking rural communities with the state capital through a network of roads.
The governorship aspirant disclosed that he would create wealth in the state by building what he described as craft centres across the state to enable talented youths in the state to generate incomes for themselves.On education, he further disclosed that he would introduce scholarship schemes that would ensure that brilliant but indigent youths in the state attained their full academic aspiration.