From Chuks Collins, Awka
March 22,2014

Despite the ongoing confusion, legal fireworks and battery of suits by
the two contending forces within the All Progressives Grand Alliance
(APGA) led by Chiefs Maxi Okwu and Victor Umeh, both claimants to the
national chairmanship of the party, the kinsmen of Anambra’s new
governor, Chief Willie Obianor have already commenced his first 4-year
tenure. He was administered the oath of office and of allegiance by
the state’s chief judge, Justice Peter Umeadi, by virtue of holding
the Certificate of Return as the duly elected governor on Nov 16,
2013, every other thing notwithstanding.

A visit to Chief Obianor’s countryhome in Aguleri showed it has won a
new look while the PHCN has suddenly serviced its electricity
transmission supply/transmission lines and transformers in the area
for a round the clock electricity supply. The entire road network in
and out of Aguleri now wears a new look, while his main building and
walls have all been repainted.

Interaction with some of the kinsmen exposed their mindset and high
expectations in the next four years of the state under Obianor.

Chief Charles Egwuoba, evidently one of the key supporters and backers
of Obianor, from Anambra West Council area of the state, wants Obianor
to instil value re-orientation and over haul the state’s education
system amongst other programmes.

He wants every citizen especially those earning their salaries to sit
up and justify their salaries or be shown the door. He noted that once
security and jobs are provided in the state, foreign and local
investors would troop in. He said that Anambra has potentials of
making so much revenue internally like Lagos if only the basic things
are put in place. He therefore urged Obianor to succeed.

Another APGA chieftain in the state, Mr Benedict Nwassaa said he was
not losing any sleep about Obianor because “he is well educated,
exposed and experienced in management of human and material resources
effectively and successfully”. He described him as a ‘home brew’ who
knows his onions and shall perform.

A Portharcourt based business man, Dozie Nwankwo said that the pair of
Obianor and Dr Nkem Okeke remains an excellent blend to truly take the
state out of the doldrums. He sees them as blazing stars that would
transform the state and put smile on the faces of every citizen. He
urged everyone to close ranks and give them maximum cooperation to

Eighty-three year old Chief Anakwe Okoye of Umuaneke, Umuoba-Anam, a
retired officer with the Ministry of Health told Guardian that they
were excited to see him mount the saddle. He said they need portable
water, jobs for their children and interconnecting access roads to
give the West alternative access in and out of the area. Also they
electricity transformers as the 2012 flooding submerged and damaged
their old transformers. Another senior citizen of the community,
George Chinwuba Okonkwo said the entire North senatorial zone sees
Obianor as their beacon of hope and are ready to rally round him to
succeed. He said they need bridges and roads as the Anambra West
council becomes inaccessibly annually as from April when rains
normally set in due to flooding. He lamented that even the 22 INEC
polling units there are not accessed then.


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