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2013: Who is the best man for Anambra?

By Harvester Charles

WITH the Anambra State governorship election slated for November 16, this year around the corner, the question that begs for answer is, “what will be the position of Ndi Anambra in 2014 and beyond?”

So many players have started jostling for the number one position in the state but it is left for us Anambrarians to decide whether this is going to be business-as-usual or the time to tell them enough is enough.

Let me not waste so much time talking about what some people have taken gubernatorial elections for. Even those that should be vying for councillorship positions now want to lead Ndi Anambra I wouldn’t be laying all the blames on them because had Senator Chris Ngige and Mr. Peter Obi conducted the council elections, the reverse would have been the case.

Considering what is going on in Anambra state today, I sincerely believe that another opportunity has presented itself for us to correct our mistakes and it is left for us (Ndi Anambra) to decide carefully what will happen in our state for at least the next four years.

Looking at the lengthy list of gubernatorial aspirants we have in our state at the moment, it’s left for us to decide who the cap fits. Because of time and space I will just have to talk about two frontline aspirants for each senatorial zone instead of talking about those who think that Anambra State gubernatorial election is for clowns.

In Anambra South senatorial district, we have Senator Andy Uba and Ifeanyi Ubah. In Anambra Central, we have Senator Annie Okonkwo and Senator Chris Ngige and in the North, I don’t think they are serious yet since they are waiting for us to give it to them forgetting that this is a struggle for men and the survival of the fittest.

Come to think of it, what is Senator Chris Ngige, Senator Andy Uba and others in the National Assembly eyeing the position like Hon Uche Ekwunife trying to tell us? Is it that they can no longer represent us in the National Assembly? Have they fulfilled the promises they made to us before we voted them in as our representatives?

While Senator Chris Ngige is busy making promises that he wants to come and complete what he started, let him first of all complete the one he is doing at the Senate.

In the case of the remaining two aspirants (Senator Annie Okonkwo and Ifeanyi Ubah), I cannot really understand what Ifeanyi Uba thinks he is doing. I would advise him to consider starting up a charitable organization.

Talking about Senator Annie Okonkwo, before he represented the Anambra Senatorial zone in the Senate, four senators have represented the zone. It is only in his time as a Senator that the zone felt greatly the impact and presence of governance.

Okonkwo is an entrepreneur extraordinaire, who has through a period of active twenty years in business sown, grown and invested his wealth, time and talent with rare skill. He has a reputation for trust, integrity, hard work and dedicated commitment to the common good. He sets his vision and provides maximum financial networking and moral support to his well trained and highly motivated executives and staff.

Okonkwo has over 2,000 Nigerians and expatriates under his employ. He ensures that staffs are motivated to be the best and their families look into the future with smiles.

Apart from been a successful businessman and a philanthropist before he joined politics, he has never being involved in any form of looting both as a businessman and as a Senator. I strongly believe that in our quest for change and development, we must do a new thing in order to achieve a new result.

He is the Chairman, Clemco Industries Ltd, a commodity merchant and bulk distributing company.

Harvester Charles, a novelist, wrote from Awka


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