The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Anambra governorship election slated for November 18, Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze, has said Anambra road users deserve better.
Obaze said this in Onitsha on Tuesday during the flag off of 2017 grand mega rally organised by the Anambra state chapter of Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
Obaze said he and his running mate, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, are in the race because they yearn for the progress of the state. He called on the citizens to be in the forefront of demanding for the kind of society they want to live in and bequeath to their children.
Speaking on why he is contesting against the incumbent, Obaze said, “in 2013, I and my wife campaigned vigorously for Willie Obiano to become the Governor of Anambra state. The simple truth is that I wouldn’t be contesting against him today if his government is doing well.
“For example, Governor Obiano’s administration borrowed 85 million US Dollars, that is the equivalent of 30 billion Naira, in foreign debts and about another 30 billion Naira in domestic borrowing. Thus, landing Anambra state in a debt of about 60 billion naira. This is despite the 75 billion Naira cash and instruments handed over to him by former governor Peter Obi. Also, in the nearly four years of Obiano’s administration, the Anambra State House of Assembly has approved and passed a cumulative budget of 455 billion Naira, but there is nothing on ground in Anambra to justify such huge expenditure.
“Despite the hype and propaganda, Anambra is no longer working, and urgently needs to be salvaged. That’s why we are in the race. Our government, if you cast your votes for us, will right the wrong, clean the mess and fix the situation. Anambra is broken, we will fix it.”
Continuing, Obaze said his government will alleviate the plight of road users. He said his administration will prioritise the completion of the failed Umunya to Amawbia axis of Enugu – Onitsha expressway. He also said his government will dualise the 33 to Otuocha road in order to reduce the man hours spent on the road by commuters.
Speaking, Hon. Nze C. Emeka, the Chief Patron of the body, on behalf of the group, said the governorship candidate of the PDP distinguishes himself from other candidates. According to him, Obaze has the qualities needed to turn Anambra around. He assured Obaze that the group is solidly behind his candidacy and will cast their votes for him come November 18.
The body appealed to Obaze to put an end to multiple taxation and sale of illegal tickets if he becomes the governor of Anambra state. They also appealed to him to protect drivers and commercial road users from abuse by law enforcement agents.