Focus : Fifteen Years Of APGA In Anambra State – By Dr. Nnamdi NWADIOGBU

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Commentary – Fifteen Years Of APGA In Anambra State

It is on record that Anambra state tinkered the history of Nigeria in 2006. This followed a landmark judgment obtained by the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA’s candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, in the 2002 governorship election in which INEC wrongly declared Dr Chris Ngige winner of the election. Mr Obi and APGA challenged the declaration and the courts overturned the victory.

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The duo equally approached the court for proper interpretation of the tenure in Office of which the Supreme Court ruled that the tenure of a governor in Nigeria starts counting from the day he took his oath of office and oath of allegiance. Thus, Peter Obi was sworn-in on March 17, 2006 and he completed his first and second tenures of eight years in 2014.

Chief Willie Obiano of the same APGA took over from Mr Obi and was sworn-in on March 17, 2014. Obiano was re-elected and was sworn-in for second term on March 17, 2018. Thus, while Governor Obiano has spent seven years in office, his party, APGA, is also fifteen years in Anambra state.

Consequently, following the ideology, mantra, manifesto, vision and mission of APGA, the administrations of the party in Anambra state are a watershed in the history of governance in the State because of the track record of excellent performance of the two regimes produced by APGA.

No doubt, it is clear that the people of the state are very happy with the political party in the past fifteen years. The people demonstrated this in the 2017 governorship election and the March 9 state House of Assembly election in which APGA garnered over eighty per cent of the seats.

The party has, no doubt, transformed the state through its simultaneous development mantra and the Community Choose Your Projects initiative. Through APGA’s Manifesto, democratic dividends have been abundantly spread   to every nook and cranny. The people are happy as workers and pensioners are paid as and when due. The party resurrected pensioners from dead woods to living veterans. Roads are constructed and re-habilitated, making the state best in network of roads, just as security is beefed up, health facilities are provided and bridges are constructed.

Anambra state government, in the true spirit of APGA, has been given every worker and pensioner in the state a bag of rice produced in the State every Christmas since APGA came on board. Hitherto, the production capacity of rice in the State was seventy-eight thousand metric tons, but by the right policies, Anambra moved to producing about 500, 00 metric tons of rice. Awka, the State Capital and many other cities and towns are beautified with flyovers and street lights.

APGA led the state at a period when the nation went into recession two times, #EndSARS protests, COVID-19 and these did not affect Ndi Anambra as the government kept fulfilling its obligations to the people. Agriculture received a boost as the state started to export Ugu, Spinach and bitter-leaf to Europe, fetching Anambra solid foreign Exchange.

APGA government returned schools to the missions, changed the face of education, health, agriculture, state media outfits, commerce, transportation and night life in the state. The government built three magnificent fry overs, constructed many roads and bridges, provided almost free medical services to Ndi Anambra through the Anambra Health Insurance Scheme (ASHIA), built the best and biggest oxygen plant in the South East, donated tricycles, ambulances and other medical facilities to various health centres in the State.

APGA government in Anambra has touched the lives of youths, women, children, the vulnerable and people living with disabilities like no other government ever; organized burial ceremonies for Ndigbo massacred during the war. The community choose your project initiative is in progress whereby each community is given twenty million naira by the APGA government every year to execute any project of its choice.

Under APGA, Anambra State is now the most secured state as cases of armed robbery; kidnapping and other crimes were drastically reduced. Today, Anambra Rice has dwarfed even foreign rice in the markets. The state owned university, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University has the singular honour of not losing any year, despite the hiccups such as COVIP-19 saga, #EndSARS protests and ASUU impasse and numerous others.

The latest of the APGA wonders in Anambra is the on-going three legacy projects, namely: the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport at Umueri, the ten thousand sitting capacity International Conference Centre in Awka as well as the Awka City Stadium. These are the projects being executed with high speed by the APGA government in Anambra state without borrowing a dime.

All these high capital projects have not made the state not to pay salaries on the 25th of every month, unlike other states being controlled by other political parties. APGA, known for its peaceful disposition is, no doubt, building a lasting legacy for Ndi Anambra. The question then is, “if not broken, why mend it”? No need!

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