By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
A chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra State, Johnbosco Onunkwo, who was a governorship aspirant of the party in the state, has said the incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano, has stagnated the state in infrastructural development.
Speaking to journalists at the APC Secretariat when he visited the Mai Mala Buni caretaker committee to congratulate them in their new office, Onunkwo said the state is not different from what it use to be since five years ago, adding that no genuine infrastructural development has taken place in the state in the APGA administration.
According to him, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has done their best and running on full capacity, yet there are areas they have made mistakes, adding that APC will focus on those lapses and ensure that governance in Anambra State becomes digital.
According to him, areas like mass housing, good road infrastructure, healthcare facilities, among others are still lacking in the state, adding “APC in Anambra is doing everything humanly possible to take over that place they call ‘AguAwka’, because APGA, the leadership of Willie Obiano, has done what they know best, it is running at the highest capacity. I can tell you he is working, APC is coming in to give a digital leadership.
“APGA has tried but I can tell you that there are areas they didn’t do well. There are areas that need improvement. If you are familiar with Anambra state, if you have travelled to Anambra five, six years ago; three years ago, and if you go now, you will notice that there is no much difference. In terms of infrastructural development, the state seems stagnant and that is one major area that APC will focus.
“You have to drink tea before you look Ovaltine, and the basic amenities are still lacking. Talking about the roads, talking about housing for all, we are talking about health and all that. If I start telling you so many things time will not allow us. That is why I used the word digital to summarize it.”
Speaking further on his mission to the Secretariat, Onuknwo said “I am here to congratulate the new caretaker committee led by Mai Mala Buni and the other members of the committee. Of course all of us know that they are here too to redeem our the party, they are here to make sure that so many things are out in the right direction, they are here for proper reconciliation, they are here to make sure that we rededicate ourselves to rediscover the nitty-gritty why this party is formed.
“This is a party for the grassroots, this is a party that we are using to emancipate people from the shackles of bondage and we know we are here to represent the dreams and aspiration of the President who have done so well in terms of infrastructural development, in terms of agricultural development, in fact, in terms of diversification.
“I enjoin other party faithfuls for all of us to come together to strengthen our party, to make it more formidable, to make it more cohesive for the battle ahead. Because we have to be ready to ensure that we not only achieve our dreams and also make sure that sustainability is assured for generations yet unborn.
The APC chieftain said in terms of security, in terms of economy and anti corruption, there is need to know where the party started, explaining that when the President was sworn, he was in Abuja with one eye open and one eye closed, recalling that the kind of bomb that use to explode in Abuja, the kind of insecurity that was prevalent in Abuja then is not same today.
“You hear bombs in Inspector General of police office and other areas, adding that as at then, Boko Haram was more threatening than today, because it was a war situation.
“We know the level we are now, so I can tell you the President is trying his best. I know we still need some modification but he is trying his best and also moving to the next level of security to make sure that it is all achieved”, he said.