A CHIEFTAIN of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Dr. Ifeanyi Uba in this interview reviews last Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.
BY CHARLES KUMOLU
What is your assessment of the recent governorship election in Anambra State?
It was something that is of great value to Nigerians. We have had elections conducted before in the history of Nigeria but what happened indicated the good things to expect in 2019. If we can keep the good standard, it will be a more value added exercise in 2019.
Before the election, there were fears that the election may not free and fair. What is your take on that considering the conduct of the poll?
We had such apprehension but we were committed to making sure that we do the right thing to make the election credible. There were 37 political parties in the contest. Since all of them had their agents in all the polling booths, it was difficult for anybody to rig election and it paid off because we did not succumb to pressure. We faced them head-on.
Your defection to APGA was a surprise to many people…
What led to my defection to PDP was my decision to support then President Jonathan. I later joined the APC but they did not give me what I wanted, so I left them.
There were claims that the state governor, Mr. Willie Obiano did not really perform very well, can you reconcile that with your support for him?
Who is performing very well in Nigeria? Is it Kogi that is performing very well? Is Cross River à performing very well? People can say whatever they want to say to get votes.
Your support for the governor was linked to 2022 governorship race. How true is that?
I have not declared an interest in the 2022 election. My own vision is to develop APGA and make it a household name. The first thing is to get a regional concept of it and get every member to adopt APGA and then we can move to Enugu and other parts of the South-East.
What advice would you give to Obiano now that he has been re-elected?
I want him to look into the situation of things that need his attention and take decisive decisions. I join all men and women of goodwill to celebrate and congratulate Akpokuedike, my dearest brother and governor of my beloved state on his well deserved victory at the just concluded governorship elections. His success is perhaps the biggest milestone we have achieved this year. The victory is a demonstration of people’s trust and staunch belief in his passion and genuine commitment to a greater tomorrow for Anambra State.
I urge him to remember the promises and commitments he made to Ndi Anambra. I also implore him to recall that he owes Ndi Anambra and Nigeria in its entirety a duty to uphold good governance and provide the dividends of democracy to our people. In the just-concluded contest, there is no victor and no vanquished. Anambra belongs to everyone of us. All have the interest of the state at heart.
I implore the governor to offer a hand of fellowship to other contestants as well as all stakeholders including those who were not in support of his re-election bid. No one has a monopoly of wisdom and as such, it is my firm belief that we all can contribute our quota to make Anambra State greater.
May I also use this medium to commend Mr. President and the Independent National Electoral Commission for providing a level playing field for everyone who participated in the contest.
This singular show of unparalleled patriotism has created an excellent precedent for the 2019 general election.
On governance in the Southeast
When I contested in 2013, I said so many things including that I need not be in governance to make physical cash. Some of them are building millions for themselves. They are only thinking of how to accumulate wealth. It is very painful. There is nothing I can do because I am not yet a governor.
I don’t see what one would be expecting from a game’s village than where people can have leisure and exercise. We need to make it a world tourism centre. We need to engage our people in sporting activities. And also use it to help ourselves and bring dividends to the country. We want to celebrate Anambra State again like Delta State. Anambra has been leading in sports and won’t stop.
There is no construction company in this state that has the kind of equipment we have at the construction site for the stadium. This is solely our company’s project. But I thank God I was able to move them to the state and they are giving us lots of value in terms of logistics. We can’t wait to have a game village before the end of this year by the Grace of God. The storm will soon be over. The people that love football will live to enjoy it. We will soon conduct an election for Ifeanyi Ubah FC. On women football, we are working on to have a team.