A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial race, Engineer Bart Nwibe has fingered the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano as the major factor goading him into the November race.
Speaking at the Anambra Union of Journalists Correspondents’’ Chapel Forum in Awka, June 9, 2017, Engineer Nwibe pointed out that he is being goaded into the race by the unimpressive performances of the governor, saying, the State is in dire need of a performer to take it to the next level.
“If Obiano is doing well, people like us would not have aspired for the governorship seat come November 2017, because it is more difficult to unseat an incumbent.’
According to him, the quality of work done by a incumbent would speak for him and do the campaign for him, but faulted the present administration on playing to the gallery with non-existent projects.
In particular, he expressed worry that the $2 billion dollars Umueri International Cargo Airport Project flagged off on April 11, 2017 was awarded to an alleged ghost Chinese firm which according to him was declared bankrupt four years ago.
The airport project is a tripartite venture in which the Chinese firm Elite International Investments Limited (Sinoking Enterprises Limited) will invest 75 % Equity Stake, while Orient Petroleum Resources and State Government shares 20% and 5% respectively.
Enginer Nwibe who contested the House of Representatives seat for Aguata Federal Constituency on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) noted that Anambra State which witnessed passionate development of the State under the Dr. Chris Ngige and Chief Peter Obi administrations, is struggling hard to meet his predecessors’ high level marks.
He stated that apart from security of lives and properties where the current administration improved on the gains of his predecessors (Ngige and Obi), the present government, he contended, lacks the vision to turn around the State for the better.and promised a transparent, purposeful and accountable leadership.
Engineer Nwibe who is believed to be the political son of the Minister for Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige,accused the incumbent governor of the State abandoning his campaign promises, in addition to projects he inherited in the spirit of ‘Continuity Agenda.
In addition to lack of continuity in most inherited projects,, he accused the Obiano administration of being characterized by lack of transparency and accountability in fiscal management, frivolous expenditure of State resources, lopsided and sectional infrastructural development and one-sided political appointments.
Engineer Nwibe who hails from Igboukwu in Aguata Local Govermnment Area of the State and worked for reputable companies including Shell Petroleum Development Company and Schlumberger promised to invest meaningfully into Orient Petroleum Resources Plc to make Anambra an oil producing State.
The APC aspirant who described new joiners in the party as ‘food-is-ready-politicians condemned the flyovers built by the present administration as being structural defective, archaic and incapable of lasting beyond 20 years.
He condemned the setting up of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade which purportedly abandoned its objective thrust and opted to serve as an alleged army of occupation or something of such sorts in markets and business circles.
With a solid background in energy and construction, he said he has all it takes to take the State to the next level after his enthronement, emphasizing that his Signature Projects would ensure that Anambra becomes an oil producing State, is self-sufficient in electricity generation with Gas derived from Oil and Gas Sector and creates employment opportunities through industrialization and articulated programmes in Agriculture;.
In addition, he promised that he would embark on systematic and and all-inclusive support for the education of all the people of the State in all sectors and make Anambra State more peaceful State thereby creating a more friendly environment for businesses and new investments.