By Vincent Ujumadu
AS the resignation of the former Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili, continues to generate comments in Anambra State, Governor Peter Obi has described her  action and subsequent decampment to All progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, as a courageous decision that only those with strong characters could take.

Speaking in Awka yesterday, Obi said for a person in her position to resign so that she could vie for the Senate, which is an opportunity to represent her people, is worthy of commendation.

According to him, with people like Akunyili coming out to contest elective posts, there is every hope that Anambra will once again be represented by her first eleven.

“Anambra cannot be a highly sophisticated state, with highly intelligent people and continue sending one-legged men to represent her in a pushing competition,” Obi said and called on other Anambrarians to emulate Prof. Akunyili and place their services for benefit of the state rather than what he called “the debased and debasing culture of what is there for us.”

He called on Anambra with ideas and the wherewithal to turn the state around by coming along and contribute, said that he alone or a few other people would not do everything.

From left; Former Minister of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili, National Chairman, All Progressive Grand Aliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, and National Seccretary, Mhammed Shinkafi, during the collection of Anambra Central senatorial form by Akunyili in Abuja yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

He said further: “Dora has shown all of us that what Anambra requires now is for her first eleven to come closer to home and join together in the efforts to develop our State.

“She has shown us all that the love for the state should not be based on what one gets, otherwise there are more to gain at Abuja, but in coming home especially at this critical time we all are striving to galvanise a central Anambra unity that emphasises what we can collectively do to uplift the state and not what is there for our individual pockets.”

On her choice of APGA, Obi said: “You know Prof. Dora Akunyili as much as I do, if APGA is not doing well she would not have joined it. Her choice of APGA tells us that APGA is doing well and as well challenges us to even do better. All in all, I welcome her on board and wish her well in the party as she continues to search for ways through which she can help our State.”


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