The All Progressives Congress candidate in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, says that his age and grass-roots appeal will make the electorate prefer him to his opponents
Why do you think your opponents do not deserve to become the next governor of Anambra State?
When (Governor Willie) Obiano was ‘imported’ from the United States (of America) and imposed on us as the governor, he offered us little and latched onto the scaremongering about the APC being a Muslim party. Obiano’s body language then, showed us that Anambra was in for a shocker should he be elected. We warned Ndi Anambra, who heeded our warning; but the conspiracy between former President (Goodluck) Jonathan and Peter Obi led to the imposition of Obiano as the governor. Since assuming office, Obiano has demonstrated nothing but freewheeling governance heavily marked by little or no achievements.
It is not in doubt that Obiano has failed in all sectors in Anambra. Even his trumped-up claims in security are really not his but that of the Nigerian military. Thus, it is indeed a slap on the intelligence of a people like Ndi Anambra for Obiano, after a shambolic first-term performance, to seek a second term. What does he seek a second term for? What does he seek to do now that he couldn’t do in the last three and half years? What dramatic change in his politics or style of governance, which is far from prudential, does he seek to bring? What obligations does he seek from voters in Anambra who have already seen the consequences of his maladministration in the last three and half years?
What are you going to do differently?
As a person, an embodiment of a politician, who understands that politics is truly local, my manifesto is tailored towards what Ndi Anambra needs — education, infrastructure, youth development, healthcare, commerce and industry. Nwoye stands tall. Nwoye has the grass-roots appeal; he connects with the people and understands their needs. As a former NANS (National Association of Nigerian Students) president, who challenged the government on issues bordering on education, I will look into the issue of free and quality education. I am looking at making secondary school education free; banish all sorts of fees and levies. Yet, I am not stopping at that. I am also looking at improving the quality of teachers through a volunteer teacher corps, where young teachers will be recruited to boost the teaching capacity of Anambra State.
Health care in the state will witness a turnaround. At local and ward levels, primary health care services will be revitalized and made the bedrock of our health care services, Anambra, under Tony, will boast of one of the best health care systems in Nigeria.
What do you think of the other opponents?
Other candidates have every democratic rights to aspire to the office of the governor, but these aspirants are hard sell. They are handicapped on a number of matters and thus cannot be trusted with the future of Ndi Anambra. For example, the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Oseloka Obaze, was the Secretary to the State Government in the administration of Obiano. Now, if we say Obiano has failed, can we exonerate Obaze from such failure?
Again, the likes of Obaze are returnees like Obiano; they do not have the grass-roots appeal, the street savvy to engage the common man and woman like me. A state like Anambra does not need such high-headed politicians.
Someone like Osita Chidoka has been a part of the establishment; he has been in the corridors of power. He claims he is coming to interpret Ndigbo to Nigeria – let us ask him what he wants to interpret to Nigeria that he did not interpret as the corps marshal of the Federal Roads Safety Corps or as the minister of aviation. Chidoka is riding on sentiments which will not put food on the table of the common man.
Let us also look at the age of these aspirants: Obiano and Obaze are 62 years old. Surely, the vim and vigor required for a state as vivid as Anambra will surely not be found in these aforementioned aspirants. Even if they must run for office, they can do so in the Senate or even the Presidency. We do not want people who are not in vogue with the present global trends. Look at Canada, France and Austria; you will see that the world is looking to their youths for leadership.
Can you rate your closest opponent in percentage in terms of how you think they will perform if voted into power?
Candidly, the next governor is from a select category of one person and that is Dr. Tony Nwoye. So, there will really be no need to score other opponents. Punch