Two years before the next governorship election in Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano and Dr Chris Ngige, a former governor and Nigeria’s current Labour Minister have engaged in war of words.
Responding to comments credited to Dr Ngige where he reportedly said Gov Obiano would not be reelected because of poor performance, the governor’s special assistant on politics, Tony-Collins Nwabunwanne described Ngige as a confused politician and attention seeker “who only wants to distract the governor from the good work he is doing in the state.”
Ngige, who had earlier said that his achievement in three years supersedes APGA’s eleven years in office had vowed that Obiano won’t return in 2017 to the Anambra state Government House. He further described Obiano’s administration as a failure. However, Nwabunwanne disagreed with Ngige, insisting that Obiano remains the best.
Hon Nwabunwanne , a former House of Assembly member and Youth Ambassador advised that APC should first of all fixNigerian economy that has caused untold hardship and hunger to the people rather than looking for any state governor to criticize.
“If Ngige is a super leader, he should endeavour to address the lingering labour problems in the country which even degenerated to the killing of a civil servant in Nasarawa and other states.
“My party has replied him, what he needs is attention because I am yet to see any political party that has been able to do what APGA government has done in Anambra State. Ngige should listen to Senator Ben Bruce who is not even from Anambra or an APGA loyalist but urged Federal Government to borrow a leaf from Anambra state in terms of security and infrastructure and prompt payment of worker’s salaries.
“Anambra is today an investment destination and safest state in Nigeria, courtesy of the governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano. So, I don’t actually know what the Labour Minister meant by poor performance in office. If you compare the two years that Obiano has been in office and Ngige’s three years, you will see that the different is clear.
“So, we challenge Ngige on a public debate. People like Ngige should be thankful to Gov. Obiano for extending dividend of democracy to Idemili area where he came from. Obiano is constructing roads and bridges, controlling erosion and renovating schools and hospitals in Idemili, which Ngige never did for the people of Anambra North when he was governor,” he noted.
On the 2017 governorship election in the state, he further said there is no vacancy in government house until people from Anambra North completes their eight years tenure while urging others from South and Central to allow him complete his 8-year tenure.
“Any sensitive person knows that the only way peace can reign in Anambra State is to allow the people of Anambra North complete their 8-year tenure because this state will return to the era of crisis if Anambra North are denied this remaining four years,” he warned.