The United Progressive Party (UPP) has vehemently condemned the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano for saying that the upcoming state election is “fray”, which is equivalent to saying that the election is ‘do or die’.
UPP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Ogbuehi Dike said this in a press statement issued on October 3, and made available to Elombah.com.
Chief Ogbuehi wondered how a so-called Christian will, not only allude to the election as do or die, but insult the Christian faith as well in the name of politics.
He said it is “unpardonable that the outgoing governor engaged in self-praise and celebration of the ordinary when the state is collapsing in his hands.”
He further stressed that all critical infrastructures he inherited have gone moribund, investors are now setting up outside the state for lack of conducive business environment, education and health system in the state have decayed, and citizens are no longer safe even in places of worship.
He ultimately declared:” His defeat at the poll is irreversible.”
Read the full statement below:
The United Progressive Party (UPP) and entire Anambra citizens listened with utter shock and disbelief to speeches by Governor Willie Obiano and leaders of his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at the flag-off of his campaign on Monday, wherein they engaged in self-praise, threats and insults, even on the Christian faith.
Particularly alarming was Governor Obiano’s designation of the November election as a “fray”, which is equivalent to saying that the election is a matter of life and death, thus exposing his negative, destructive and undemocratic intentions for the poll, bothering on frustration arising from his impending political waterloo.
His defeat at the poll is irreversible.
We find it unpardonable that the outgoing governor engaged in self-praise and celebration of the ordinary when the state is collapsing in his hands; when all critical infrastructures he inherited have gone moribund; when investors are now setting up outside the state for lack of conducive business environment; when the education and health system in the state have decayed and when citizens are no longer safe even in places of worship.
This voyage on self-praise, akin to a poorly scripted home video, and coming at a time the state is confronted with very serious problems is only symptomatic of an irresponsible leadership with no regard for the led and which has completely lost touch with the people.
Governor Obiano in his insensitivity did not address the serious issues of education, health, infrastructure and security.
He did not address the recorded abuse of rights of his citizens that trailed the widely condemned military invasion of the southeast, which he championed.
He did not address the killings in Onitsha, Ozubulu and Ekwulobia. Those do not matter to him.
Most shocking was when his ally and former CBN Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo ridiculed the Christian faith, and poured disparaging remarks on catechists when he referred to other contestants as mere catechists in the race.
Maybe he was a mere catechist when he contested under the then ruling PDP and failed.
Also, he was less than a mere catechist when he was disqualified by APGA who he is now serving as their megaphone.
For your information, Catechists, despite their place in the rung of church leadership are highly respected church leaders who are known for their humility, honesty and care for the flock.
To deride them is therefore an unpardonable insult on the sensibilities of Christians.
APGA’s disrespect for church leaders shows the scorn with which they hold the Christian faith. If not, can they make such disparaging statements on officials of other religion in their own stronghold?
We know that Governor Obiano and his party have been in a chaotic mode since the people of Anambra across board moved their support to the United Progressive Party (UPP) and our candidate, Chief Osita Chidoka; but he must not throw the state into a fray in his desperation to cling to power even when he knows his time is up.
Governor Obiano and his APGA should have known by now that this election is a matter of the will of the people and not a fracas.
He has squandered the goodwill of the people and cannot regain same through insults, instigating of brawls and trying to buy communities and union leaders.
Recent history is replete with political leaders who used such approaches at a time they should have taken a bow and ended up colossal failures.
On our part, we in the UPP and our candidate, Chief Osita Chidoka regard the people and will continue to stand with them as we march together to victory come November 18, 2017.
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