Peter Obi : Countdown to final days (1)

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BY DAN ONWUKWE

FEW politicians have traversed the distance between the lowest lows and the highest highs quite like Mr Peter Obi, Governor of Anambra State. If life can be likened to a marathon race and politics the test of it, Obi has sweated it out and finished on a flourish. Among the attributes of a good politician is how he handles the slippery slop of politics, the storms that come. Justice often comes to those who believe in hope and never quit.

While his political travails lasted, from one court to another, to reclaim his mandate widely believed to have been ‘stolen’, when he got it, a phoney impeachment was hatched that temporarily swept him away. He headed back to court, and a final victory at the Supreme Court was achieved on two occasions-June 14,2007 and January 29,2008.

From that moment, Obi became a symbol of democracy, a positive reference point for justice and perseverance. In that regard, if life is measured by the impressions that people have about others, this much is not in doubt about Peter Obi, especially his political beliefs: he is a man of high principles, of deep convictions, with a solid strength of character, wisdom and sobriety. His critics may fault this.

They would rather say he is too thrifty, and too rigid. That’s why late Ikemba Nnewi, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu,an unapologetic admirer of Obi, stated matter-of- factly, that “Obi is the first governor of Anambra State that is not a politician”. What Ojukwu meant was that while a typical politician would ask the electorate to read his lips and do the opposite, promised the ‘moon’ but deliver ‘cheese’ without any twinge of conscience, Obi sees governance as a contract that provides the opportunity while the people must take responsibility.

In this regard, many agree that Obi is the benchmark of what politics ought to be for politicians, that is, service. Not personal gains at public expense. Our democracy needs people like Obi,who are sticklers to the rules. Sadly ,the essence of governance has been lost on many of our politicians. For a lot of them, the primary concern is personal aggrandizement using public purse. With Gov Obi about to begin his last days of his second-term in office, following his re-election on February 6,2010 which constitutionally will end in March,2014,the sun is, literally speaking, about to go down .

The final lap is on. The governor is on a home stretch now. Therefore, this is an opportune time to begin to assess how splendid or otherwise his tenure has been. If Obi’s re-election in 2010 was an endorsement of his first-term, how has he faired so fair? Three years have indeed come full circle this week since the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Obi duly re-elected with 97,834 votes out of the 301,232 valid votes cast in the Feb 6,2010 governorship election.

By that feat, he became the first politician in the state to win a second term. The fresh mandate, he acknowledged during his second inauguration, was as significant as the first, and the message same as ever: more service to Ndi Anambra, with focus on leadership, education, roads, water supply, urban development, commerce and industry, environmental sanitation, health and prompt payment of salary of civil servants.

Undisputably, these are areas majority of the people clamour for government’s attention. Based on the recent assessment of Federal Government-sponsored “Good Governance” tour, led by the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, who described the quality of projects executed by Obi’s as “amazing”, there is, to use the words of former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, a “demonstrable evidence that things are working in Anambra.”

For instance, the 165 metre Odor bridge that connects Awgwu and Ama-Okpala communities of the State will a legacy for which Obi will be remembered. Onitsha,the commercial nerve centre and arguably one of the dirtiest cities in the country has become an orderly and clean city, with Onitsha Business Park, for the first time returning profit on investment last year. It is the result of the vibrancy of entrepreneurship which has reached a critical mass in Anambra State under Peter Obi.

Today, the State has the largest road network in the South-East. It is also the only State in the zone with an excess of N10 bn credit in its account. Education having received a boost with the hand over of schools to Churches, discipline and academic excellence are back in the school system. Just last year, a student from one of the mission-run schools emerged the best all-round student in the 2012 WASC result in the country.

Also, a recent United Nations report on Millennium Development Goals(MDG’s) rates Anambra as the only State so far in the country that has met the stipulated targets. As these accomplishments speak volumes of the character of the man, Peter Obi,they will count for little if he mismanages his exit.

This is because, how a politician handles his succession is very significant. I want believe the governor knows this. But if in doubt, he should ask two ex-governors, Chief Achike Udenwa of Imo and Malam Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano. In other words, has Obi groomed a successor who can continue his good works? That’s where we shall return next Tuesday.

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  1. With Govs like Obi and Okorocha, I can now boldly talk about the goods in the South eastern region of this country. the other Govs in this region should take note.

  2. Am sure that everybody is entittled to his or her own opinion. In my own view, he is a disappointment to the youth. Obi promised to make life better for the young generation but he made it worst especially for under graduate in ANSU, who will not write exams without school fees of one hundred and six thousand, seven hundred naira. Exam is fast approaching and we are expected to pay this huge sum. Why can’t Obi learn from his counterpart Gov okorocha. The worst is that some are ready to work and earn money to help their parents, graduates has not succeeded not to talk of undergraduate. God please see us through, we must succeed. Amen

  3. oh gorvn obi! an epitom of humility cincerity and hardworking. ur indeed a great leader to ur state anambra in which I reside as a stranger since 1993. you have turned the anambra state that I used to know to city of sort. your good works speaks for you, but still instead of celebrating this great change ur brothers whom u stop from sharing the state allocation continue their pull obi down push”but I know that god is with u. his excellency I know u hv bn highly troubled but never mind for the good anambarians are daily praying for u. as people are being chassed arround in other state for this or that revenue in other state is not so in anambra. if u increase school fees to help ur developmental drive so be it for now u can’t be everything at the same time,may be the incoming regime will tackle the reduction. pls never bow to evil men. so many are against u today because u are for and men hate change.kudos to obi long live anambra state.

  4. Deal is you who is Bingo father,fool and imbecile like you calling Papi Bingo because he spoked not the mind of Anambriarians but entire Nigerians concerning the good work done by Peter Obi.As for you Onyinye if you think that school fees in ANSU is high then go and try any State Universities in the South West.Governor Peter Obi we the Anambriarians love you so much and we appreciate

  5. C ON G R A T U L A T I O N ! MY EXCELLENCY GOV.P.G .OBI con. ur ve been confirm ok. pls don’t add ur hand @ ur successor to avoid dent of ur good name & records ok. u knw now,Anambra state indigene were mafians.

  6. Am not from anambra state but from abia,and am proudly to say that mr peter obi is a good example of what democracy should be. Though the state is not an oil state it can boost of a lot of things just because it has a good leader. I love this man and wish other governors should learn from him especially abia state governor.

  7. As the count down to Gubernatorial Election in Anambra,the pace setter State begins.Im gladened to say enphatically that Okwute Peter Obi have positively touched the Lifes’of NDE ANAMBRA.Though there were some man made distractions,Obi was confronted in his determined quest to deliver Democratic dividends to a people that ve bn maginalize d since the advent of the Civilian Administr -ation in Nigeria by its owns’ inconcert wt d esternal enemies of the State.But d most unfortunate among this distractions,came from Governors Obis’ Uncle,Mr Nwobu-Alor an obscure Village folk,who Governor Obi made the Sole Oga in charge of collection of Revenues from all the Motor parks in Anamb ra State.What a gold mine.Having corruptly enriched himself from the parts,Mr Nwobu-Alor in his morbid desire to accuquire public relevance, arogated to himself d power to challenge and deal wt his perceived enemies of Governor Peter Obi, the No.One target on his list was Chief Victor Umeh,the Natio nal Chairman of APGA, the party that instaled his benefactor as the Governor of Anambra State,to achieve his inordinate ambtition in Anambra politics,he had a readily partner in Chief Okorie,the ex- while Chairman of APGA,who was a ready tool in the hand s of PDP cabals in Abuja that were scare d and uncomfortable wt the emmergency of Dim ChukwuEmeka Odumegwu Ojukwu as the National Leader of APGA.Therefore its my humble submissio n,that for APGA to win Anambra State in the forth coming Governo rship Elections,every true member of APGA in the State must rally round the National Chairman of APGA,all the the party leaders in the South East as a united family in readi -ness to win the Gubernatorial Election as Peters excellent performance in all sectors of Developme nt in the State has cleared all political hurdles dat any candidate APGA presents,for Anambra people to overwhelm inly win the scheduled Governorship Election for the Party. While the party as a matter of urgency should take every necessary step to sack,Sabotuer Nwobu-Alor and his co-travellers from the party,as bad ridiance to bad rubish,with immediate effect. Finally,I wish to comm end Owelle Rochas Okorocha,of Imo State for standing to be counted among the progressive Governor s,and ably represented APGA as an active member of the merge r plan to liberate, Nigerian masses from d PDP led Government s all levels misrule.

  8. Chukwuemeka ofomah on

    When you are being recognized outside your state as a governor, it goes a long way to say that you know what you are doing. A good number of residents of some states can’t say any good thing about their governors, i don’t want 2 call names. Ndi Anambra to be precised, students of Anambra state university let us say welldone to him who deserves it. I did not hear you say any other thing bad about Gov Peter Obi that is to say he is good in other areas. Let us continue to pray 4 our parents 2 have something doing so that they can afford this fee. Our counterparts pay it even those we are richer than as a state. Okwute ndi Igbo continue ur good work and 4get being a Godfather service bcos that is what looking 4 a successor entails. God will provide ndi Anambra with another servant like u when u are gone. God bless Anambra

  9. Tell me what & what d said governor did,after 8 good yrs awka stil looks like a village no development,civi servant no minimum wages,no water in any part of d state,even peter obi knows he failed that was why he told workers of d state in their last yr workers day that he no longer need their votes,that they should do their worst that was his message to the workers of my dear state Anambra,what a shameful message.2013 we re waiting 4 him,anybody can talk even if u re nt of d state but Anambra don’t a business man again who only sets up his own business,we need somebody like Edo state governor,a labour leader not a capitalist

    • VICTOR OBI,
      THERE’S NO WAY YOU CAN COMPARE EDO STATE TO ANAMBRA STATE. ANAMBRA STATE AS YOU MAY KNOW IS MORE OF CAPITALIST STATE. EDO IS AS OLD AS NIGERIA WHILE ANAMBRA IS STILL YOUNG WITH MINIMUM RESOURCES TO HANDLE THE VOLUMES OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS, HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND GOVERNANCE. SAVE FOR THE RECENT CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION WHICH IS TO BEGIN BY AUGUST THIS YEAR, HOW WOULD ANAMBRA WOULD HAVE GOT THE FINANCES TO TAKE CARE OF THE EXPLORING POPULATION OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES, AND GOVERNANCE?
      IT WILL AMAZE YOU TO FIND THAT IN BENIN WHICH IS THE ONLY MAJOR TOWN IN EDO STATE, OLD BUILDINGS STILL LITTERS THE URBAN AREAS LIKE THE STONE AGE PERIOD!
      LASTLY, ANAMBRA STATE IS ONE AMONG THE EASTERN STATES DESTROYED BY THE NIGERIA FEDERAL ARMIES DURING THE BIAFRA/NIGERIA WAR. WHILE THE FORMER NIGERIA RULERS WHERE AIDING OTHER REGIONS TO GROW, THE ENTIRE SOUTH-EAST WAS LEFT FOR THE OWNERS TO GROW ON THEIR OWN. WE ARE NOT PERTURBED BY NIGERIA HAUSA/FULANI & YORUBA RULERS TO PULL SOUTH-EAST DOWN BUT THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD WE HAVE EXCELLED MORE THAN ANY OTHER REGIONS IN NIGERIA.
      GOD BLESS NDI’IGBO!

  10. I Tanx all for ur contribution . Our governor is good bt need to be criticiz in area where he had nt done well. Anambra state has d best road netwk in d whole of Nigeria expt Abuja. Bt Obi’s administration show hatred to one local govt in Anambra state. ( Anambra west local govt.) no complete single tied road in d whole local govt. Yet they ar d center of crude oil to Anambra state, he share buses to schools bt only one school in dat local govt he gave a bus. No electricity in d whole local govt yet they ar d baskets of food to Anambra state and states beyond . Obi plz help dem ! They were affected by flood and obi s govt gave them some food stuff and one million for each community. A community shared it themselves and an average individual got 50. Per person with two cups of rice. Please my governor, help dem , they love u

  11. Anaekwuyeri…,.,. Onye obi ino dia, dnt mind ndi onu anwu… U r d best onye ochichi in dis country, ima achi ochichi…. We love u, bt jst do small tyn for umu akwukwo ANSU nd ANAMBRA WEST biko… Okwuteeeeeeeeeee daalu my guy

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