By Christiana Ekpa
A political group, Global Initiatives For Good Governance (GIGG) has alleged that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State is using the name of the founder of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, to perpetrate corruption.
In a statement signed by its Director-General, Chief Emeka Kalu, the group, which prides itself as pro-democracy, claimed that there is manifest lack of accountability since the inception of Governor Obiano’s administration.
It therefore asked the Governor to give account of his stewardship, commitment to credibility, fairness and performance in the management of the resources of the state, saying that from the inception of the government till date, Anambra is being characterized by alleged mindless looting and diversion of public funds under the watch of Obiano.
The group also regretted that the funds should have been channelled to developing the education sector, healthcare facilities, road projects and agricultural grants to farmers in the state to attract monumental and overall infrastructural development in the state.
Rather, the group said Obiano’s government has exhibited high level lack of accountability, which has subjected the state to developmental backwardness for the past 20 years.
GIGG noted that erosion mishaps had been one of the environmental hazards facing various communities in Anambra State, further regretting that the huge chunk of diverted funds could have been utilized to address the situations.
The sociopolitical body posited that Obiano has failed to lead by example by running an open door policy where every drop of decisions and actions in government are neutrally subjected to scrutiny, watchfulness and accountability thereby restoring the public confidence in public affairs and governance.
According to the GIGG, the governor is at the moment working very hard to ensure he gets his party win the forthcoming governorship election in the state by hiding under the philosophy cloak of our respected Igbo leader of blessed memory, Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, the founder of APGA to perpetrate and perpetuate injustice, corruption and avarice against the will of Ndi Anambra.
The GIGG however demanded accountability in the leadership of the state as it was ready, willing and eager to publish evidence capable of proving beyond reasonable doubts that Obiano’s government allegedly looted and is still looting Anambra’s treasury.
The group also partly stated, “Global Initiatives For Good Governance,(GIGG) an umbrella body in socio-political platforms whose responsibilities are to scale, assess and evaluate the performances or otherwise of leaders in our contemporary society and make public comments to that effect. To whom much was given, much is also expected in turns from him and this statement is credited to Chief Willy Obiano, the Executive Governor of Anambra State on the current status of his credibility in the discharge of his statutory functions to the people of Anambra State.
“Our functions as a light indicator in observing the workings of things in governance through intelligent gathering have carefully studied and investigated to some reasonable extent and uninhibitedly confirmed piles of looting, misappropriation and mismanagement of funds traceable to Governor Willie Obiano in the United States Of America.
“Confirmation has it that he personally secured for his private use and ownership several apartment complexes worth billions of dollars in the USA regardless of how the poor, destitute and the unemployed suffer in the face of these excesses and recklessness.”