Anambra Election: Obi of Onitsha Endorses APGA Candidate, Obiano


As the November 16, 2013 gubernatorial election in Anambra State draws nearer, the Paramount Ruler of Onitsha and the custodian of the largest commercial city in West Africa, Igwe Nnanyelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe has endorsed Chief Willie Obiano, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
While receiving the APGA Team led by the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi and Chief Willie Obiano and other party stalwarts, the traditional ruler commended the party for finally redressing the imbalance in the political leadership of the state by choosing a candidate from the hitherto neglected Anambra North Senatorial District as its flag-bearer.
 
He expressed satisfaction that the loud clamour of his people for equity and fairness in the affairs of Anambra State had begun to receive the desired attention, pointing out that the choice of Obiano was appropriate as the candidate has a very impressive background.
The Obi of Onitsha, however, reminded the APGA candidate that the challenge of providing effective leadership to Ndi Anambra was an enormous responsibility which would require extra-effort and divine guidance at every stage of the way.
He expressed optimism that Chief Obiano, who is renowned for his technocratic skills in the management of human and natural resources, would rise to the occasion.
In his speech, Governor Peter Obi assured Igwe Achebe that he would not relent in his effort to upgrade infrastructure in Onitsha and the surrounding towns in a manner that would position the city as one of the five major cities in Nigeria.
Governor Obi also assured the traditional ruler that Chief Obiano was a capable administrator with a vast network of contacts across Nigeria and overseas and would be very comfortable in continuing the revolution that is going on in Anambra State.
 
In his response, Chief Obiano assured Igwe Achebe that he was well aware of the importance of sustaining the momentum of governance that Governor Peter Obi had begun in Anambra State and was adequately prepared to lead the charge.
“I come from a background of efficient service and my years of exposure to the best practices in the management of human and natural resources at the highest level in the corporate world have prepared me to continue that great tradition that Governor Obi has started and take it to a higher level,” he declared.
Chief Obiano further explained that he had produced a comprehensive blueprint for the accelerated development of the state which he calls The 10-Pillars of Development which effectively covers the key areas that require immediate intervention in the state, quickly adding: “I am aware of my place in history. I consider my involvement in this gubernatorial race a historical call to service. I can assure you and the people of Onitsha and indeed my good people of Anambra State that I will not let you all down. I am a banker. A banker is nothing without his word. I keep my word!”
Earlier in his opening remarks, the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh had explained that the party’s choice of Obiano was informed by its belief that the ex-banker has an impressive background and proven competencies that would help sustain the state on its steady march to progress.
According to him, Obiano’s past responsibilities have adequately prepared him to appreciate the multi-pronged model of governance that APGA has entrenched in the state which has found interpretation in ANIDS that has totally transformed Anambra into an industrial hub of note in Nigeria, ranking next only to Lagos.



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