~The Sun Nigeria. Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
|Gov. Willy Obiano|
That is why the masses, who possess the ultimate sovereignty in a country, should cast their ballots judiciously during elections at both the national and state levels. To barter our votes for rice and other material things, is to be enslaved.
But in 1999, when democratic governance berthed again in Nigeria, some states in the country were landed with spineless and visionless political leaders, who led their states into the abyss of backwardness.
In Anambra State, the leadership of the state was entrusted in the care of Mr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, who was beholden to his political godfather and benefactor. The charismatic Dr. Chris Ngige, who succeeded him, evinced the tendencies of a great political leader. His laudable leadership template and inimitable praxis in road construction and repair are still benchmarks for assessing the governors that came after him. But, he was shunted aside via electoral litigation by Mr. Peter Obi, who is known for his political astuteness, financial parsimony and self-effacement.
During his reign as Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi offered us qualitative political leadership, which made positive and lasting impact in our lives as well as in Anambra State. His administration revamped the health and educational sectors in the state, constructed new roads and repaired dilapidated ones. He also paid civil servants and pensioners their salaries and other entitlements, as due.
His successor, Dr. Willie Obiano, a former banker, has not let the state down as he is offering Anambra people meaningful, qualitative, and life-changing political leadership. He has upped the ante of political leadership in the state with his commendable deeds. Has he not put kidnappers and armed robbers to flight in the state? Now, the state, which is now safe and secure, is the haven and home of industrialists and entrepreneurs, who relocated to it to build their industries and set up their businesses.