A war of words has apparently preceded the coming Anambra state governorship poll expected later this year; with one of the top contenders in the contest, Chief George Moghalu, vowing to floor the incumbent chief executive, Dr Willie Obiano even in his Aguleri village.
Chief Moghalu who disclosed this in a press briefing at his Uruagu, Nnewi country home admitted readiness for a fair contest with Obiano, when his party gives him the ticket.
According to him, “This press briefing is for me to wish the people of Anambra State a happy new year and thank them for their support for our party, the APC.
“I’m happy the APC is the most sought for in Anambra State today.
“President Buhari means well for Ndi Igbo and the interest of the South East is better protected in an APC government.
“I’m confident that 2017 will be good for our nation; it will bring excitement to our people.
“I’m running for the governorship of Anambra in my party, the APC.
“The day I will flag off my campaign, I shall present to the people of the state my manifesto which I see as a covenant and a binding document between me and the people.”
Taken on what new he plans to bring to the table that was going to sway the electorate to his favour, Moghalu said he would be coming with “the APC manifesto” – a programme that would be comprehensive in the development of the state in line with other APC-controlled states.
The party’s manifesto, he disclosed was better in all ramifications in the infrastructural development of any society.
“I’m going to implement the manifesto of our party to the letter. We will do better than anyone has done…”, he stated.
Moghalu who is the incumbent APC National Auditor and parades a rich resume of party discipline, loyalty and consistency also dismissed as an outdated assumption the issue that he would be contesting with an incumbent governor.
He said, “The jinx about incumbency has been broken. Elections are about the people and the candidate and how they resonate”.
After doing some mathematical analysis on the zoning arrangement of producing governors of the state and why such would not hinder his chances in the race, Moghalu who hails from Anambra South senatorial district stated that by equity it was the turn of his zone to produce the next governor of the state, noting that Equity is about fairness.
“Anambra South zone did one tenure of four years under Mbadinuju and the position moved to Anambra central which occupied the position under Peter Obi and our leader, Senator Chris Ngige for 11 years.
“After 11 years, it moved to Anambra North zone, which governor Obiano would soon complete their four year tenure.
“Equity and fairness require that the slot will come back to the south district for them to do another four years before it becomes the turn of any other zone.
“That’s equity, that’s fairness, that’s good conscience”, he pointed out.
He blamed the prevailing recession and the seeming inability of the incumbent APC government to fix it, on the preceding People’s Democratic Party (PDP) sixteen years misrule and the unexpected speedy downturn of the international oil prices.
The PDP, he argued, so destroyed the nation’s economy that if God did not bring Buhari as president by now the economy would have collapsed irretrievably.
“So, Recession is not a consequence of one day. It’s a process. We (APC) inherited an economy that was near collapsing.
“But today, the government of Buhari is addressing infrastructural investment frontally and I assure you, before long Nigeria will rise again”.
From Chuks Collins, Awka