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Do Not Set Anambra State Ablaze, APC Warns Gov Obiano

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Our great chapter in our dynamic party warns Governor Willie Obiano to stay away from the posters of APC aspirants and those of other political parties, irrespective of the guise and guile applied.

First fool no be fool na second fool be proper foolish.

We recall with deep pain that Obiano’s first step to rigging the 2013 governorship elections under the guidance of those who led him was to lay siege on the posters, banners and campaign materials of opponents.

In that sense we were the first fool. There will not be a second.

This statement has become necessary in the light of a despotic set of announcements, put out and running in the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) to the effect that ‘some indiscriminate posters are lying on the streets and Anambra State, thereby defacing the environment’ and signaling that government will ‘take action’.

Our party, the alternative government in Anambra State and the ruling party from March 17, 2018 with the resolve and massive support of Ndi Anambra is not by any stretch of imagination willing to be reduced to the small pockets of those who wake up to their environmental duties, after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable for an election they are likely to lose.

We would therefore take all lawful steps to protect the right of APC aspirants to market their candidature to the Anambra voting public, without undue interference from interested parties acting in disguise.

If the issue of poster-posting is of genuine interest to government as it may be to an incoming APC government in the state, there should be a long-term plan and provision of base infrastructure to enable posters be placed, to avoid what the state ministry of Environment now wakes up from its slumber to describe as ‘indiscriminate ‘on behalf of Obiano’s Campaign.

Anything to the contrary is discernible and must not be used as a cheap avenue to destabilize the state.

The most immediate issue to resolve in Awka, the state capital, for instance are to stop the traffic commotion going on and attendant risks to lives of residents posed by the structurally failing bridges which are unable to separate interstate traffic from city traffic ,hence failing to justify the wasteful expenditure of N15 billion.

The second critical challenge which is even a bigger environmental challenge is the zero-line drainage efficiency in Awka which leaves all manner of debris on the few motorable roads at the slightest rain.

The third is the thoughtless idea of destroying all road-crossing facilities of the Enugu-Onicha Express Way at Awka, without replacement, hence exposing pedestrians to hardship and elevating indecent exposure because Anambra State grandmothers now need to jump in and out of giant drainages with their market wares to get to their destinations.

Responsible and responsive governments need no scripts on this.

To look beyond these daunting challenges and target opponent posters is to ask for Texas oil to eat Anambra State palm nuts, and this syndrome has a home-grown solution.

We implore security agencies in Anambra State to rise to the call of duty, as no inch of our rights to communicate with the public within the framework of available infrastructure will be conceded, and Governor Obiano must be held responsible for any breakdown of law and order in the state.

Obiano must not set Anambra State ablaze!

For: All Progressives Congress (APC), Anambra State Chapter

Okelo Madukaife

State Publicity Secretary

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