Anambra 2021 governorship: ex-soldiers pledge support for LP aspirant
By Praise Necherem
Retired soldiers in Anambra state have assured the governorship aspirant of the Labour Party, Group Captain Nnamdi Nnoruka of their unalloyed support ahead of the 2021 gubernatorial election.
They said their decision was to assist him in tackling security challenges in the state through their wealth of experience.
Speaking during the inauguration of the party Secretariat in Amawbia, Awka South local government area of the state, General Arinze Ebenebe (retd) disclosed that their involvement would change the political narrative of the state.
He said, “You should know that military is an extension of politics, even though we’re not politicians. Our support will boost his ego because we’re going to ensure the right things are done. We’re going to be his think-tank using our experience, human and resource management, in all fields of endeavor. We’re going to advise him to ensure the right things are being done. We’re also mobilising civilians. All hands must be on deck.
“The military is part of the electorate with voting powers. For example, I’ve commanded the army both in peace and in war. We’ll come up with strategies to mobilize and assist him win the election.”
Earlier, Nnoruka assured that he would bring his years of military experience to bear in tackling the security challenges in the state if elected the governor of the state. He said none of the aspirants eyeing the exalted seat in the state could match him in issues of security.
He said his priority would be on security, food security and plugging of looted funds, adding that his colleagues in the military had assured him of maximum support.
He said, “I’ve received assurances from the military because all of us know ourselves and we’re from the same institution, NDA and started in our youths.
“They know what I’m capable of doing, especially with regards to the security challenges facing Anambra today. That’s why they’re in support of the project. We’ll be multi-tasking. But there are immediate issues we’ll look into. The biggest challenge is that of inability to feed ourselves, that is hunger.
“Even after years of civil war, we’re still finding difficult to feed ourselves. It’s a major catastrophic. Our leaders can afford to spend billions for themselves while they budget paltry sum for agriculture. By the time we plug all the loopholes, we’ll have more than enough to run the government, including paying living wages.”