Anambra guber poll: Get your broom ready to sweep Obiano, APGA out – Ngige tells APC
Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has berated the ruling all Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, describing it as a stumbling block to the state’s access to the national political grid.
He described Governor Willie Obiano as an idle governor, who was about to bequeath the people of the state three flyovers and an airport with debt to the tune of N180billion.
Ngige spoke weekend in Awka, the state capital during a meeting of the stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and members of registration and revalidation committee of the party.
He lamented absence of basic infrastructure in the state despite huge bailout funds from the federal government, calling on party members to get their brooms ready to sweep the governor and his party away from the state.
He said, “We want to drive away governor-do-nothing who’s sitting down there. You can’t be a governor and just cross your legs and be playing music and say you’re governor.
“No work is going on in this state. The people of the state are tired of APGA. We’re tired of bringing people who don’t know their left from right who just want to come and learn how to be a governor.
“He has only 12months more to stay and for 5months, he’ll be a lame dog governor after the election, from November to March we have nothing to point at what he has done here, practically nothing.
“Yet, they’ve gotten all sorts of money. President gave them bailout funds, yet they find it difficult to pay minimum wage consequential, budget support, medical workers, medical doctors went on strike here for nine months.
“What kind of government is this? Teachers are on strike, you can’t recruit new ones. We’re going to start this journey today.
“We’ll start it with the governor sitting here, governor-do-nothing. It’s only three flyovers he has achieved, and one airport with debt of 180billion. Is that what you people want?
“We’ll use our broom to sweep him out of government house. We’ll sweep them and their footprint from Anambra soil so they can be forgotten. They’ve blocked our way enough. We can’t take it anymore.”
The Minister assured that the APC government would bring a turnaround in the state in view of the caliber of personalities present in the party.
“We have good men in APC. We’re going to give you men who know about infrastructure, not only roads. We’re going to give you a governor that will continue from where I stopped because the roads they build since 2007 when I left till now, you can’t see any of those roads anymore. They’ve been washed away by the rain.
“APGA’s government has punished the people of the state and people of Igbo land because they’re a stumbling block from getting Anambra to join the national grid of power.
“Some of us have been fighting them, but this fight now is fight to finish. They have to clear and leave us to go and join the national and take the Igbo to main stream national politics,” he added.
While expressing confidence in the committee, Ngige solicited support from stakeholders to ensure they succeeded.
“I have confidence in the committee members, especially the chairman. I don’t think he can be influenced with money. He’s seen too much money in Adamawa before, and also in the Senate where he was in a juicy committee, according to him,” he added.
Chairman, Registration and Revalidation committee, Mohammed Bello Tukur described the committee’s task as simple, but difficult, pledging members’ committed to just and fair process to their mandate.
Earlier, Chairman of the party, Chief Basil Ejidike, said the registration exercise was an opportunity for the party to take stock at the lowest rung of the political ladder.
He disclosed the receipt of N40million for the exercise, comprising N20million from Imo state governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma and his Ebonyi state counterpart, David Umahi, while the other N20million came from the national headquarters.
“We want to build a very solid foundation for the party to erect its platform for the task of rebuilding, repositioning and reinvigorating its structure for the strengthening of her internal democracy mechanism.
“We call on our leaders, aspirants and stakeholders to brainstorm on how we can effectively mobilise every resource needed to ensure the exercise becomes a huge success,” he stressed.