…Says Gov Okorocha has failed Imo natives
From ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja
Oil tycoon, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, has formally declared intension to contest for the Anambra State governorship election, assuring natives of the state that he would restore the pride of the state with industries, networked security system and employment to engage the youths meaningfully.
Ubah, who made the formal declaration when he hosted Ikoro, the umbrella association for all practicing Igbo journalists in the FCT, Abuja on Wednesday, lamented the spate of insecurity in the state, stressing that kidnapping had become a viable industry for the unemployed youths.
Recounting his ordeals in hands of the government of Anambra State, the oil magnate boasted that considering the lives he had touched in the state, he had no fears of winning landslide in a free and fair election, adding that he would no longer play from the sideline. His words: “I want to officially announce to you, for the first time, that Ifeanyi Ubah wants to contest for the governor of Anambra State.
I want it to be on record that I made this official declaration to contest during this meeting with Ikoro, an umbrella association for all the practicing Igbo journalists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“I want to make it clear that I’m not seeking to become the governor of Anambra State because of selfish enrichment but to build industries, provide employment to our discouraged youths that are joining kidnapping in droves out of hopelessness. “I will concentrate on security to curtail the spate of kidnapping in the state. I will network security to reduce crime in the state to zero level.
I want to provide employment by building industries. I have plans of building at least 50 factories across all the local government areas.
Education and healthcare are also among the things I would focus on,” he said. Speaking further, he noted: “We have begun our sensitisation campaign. I want to appeal to the media to urge the government of Anambra State to leave me alone.
I’m very sure that if there is a free and fair election in Anambra State, I will win landslide with at least 70 percent of the votes. But the campaign of calumny was to turn the good people of the state against me. “I thought the battle was over until recently when my sister wedded in Lagos a forthnight ago. 24 out of the 30 House of Assembly members attended.
It was a record in the history of the honourable members attending a function. 61 Igwes, 107 town union presidents and uncountable number of traders in Anambra and environs equally attended. “However, government has declared war against those that attended the wedding in Lagos. During the recent summit of the Anambra State Igwes, government disgraced them, ordering the 61 of them that attended the wedding to stand up and return the money I gave to them.
It was embarrassing and humiliating, especially to some of them that have been on the thrown for 63 years. “However, the government that embarrassed the Igwes did not inform them that I equally gave them money when I invited them to Lagos to see the type of business I’m into.
They accused the Igwes of not taking permission from President Goodluck Jonathan before attending the wedding in Lagos but they did not equally take permission when they did the same journey,” he noted.
Ubah equally used the opportunity to express disappointment over the level of progress the Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has made, stressing that his government had disappointed the Imo natives that voted him. “The governor of Imo State has not done well in improving the lives of the indigenes.
Although I supported him in everything during his campaign, which he even acknowledged during his swearing-in, he has not really impressed me. The good thing is that I never asked for contract from him,” he quipped.