Awka – APGA Ambassadors, a political pressure group in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and which was instrumental to the victory of Governor Willie Obiano in 2013, has vowed to kick him out of office come November 18, “to stop his lies and propaganda.”
The group said it has endorsed the candidacy of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze because he will perform.
In a rally held in Awka at the weekend, the Coordinator General of the group, Ikechukwu Ejesieme, said the group’s decision is because the incumbent failed on the promises it made to the people of Anambra state and has resorted to empty talks, lies, deceits and propaganda.
He also said the group, after a painstaking analysis, settled for Obaze because he possesses the right skill set, temperance, exposure, experience and contact needed to move the state forward.
Ejesieme said further: “It’s painful to admit, but APGA is no longer the party our founding fathers envisioned it to be.
“Our mantra is ‘be your brother’s keeper’ but every index you look at points to the glaring fact that we have since abandoned that mantra.
“Our decline in education, crumbling infrastructure, abandoned social investment programmes, lopsided government appointments, inequitable distribution of the state’s resources, non-conduct of Local Government elections and the government’s resort to brazen lies has made it extremely difficult for any honest person to campaign for the party’s candidate.”
He recalled how in 2013 after the primary election, the group embarked on intense campaign, going from house to house, town to town and village to village, to deliver its candidate.
Today, he wondered how they will operate. Regrettably, the people will go back to the same people and ask them to re-elect him knowing that Governor Obiano has failed.
“We owe it to ourselves, as the people that brought in this governor, to remove him and replace him with another,” Ejesieme said.
Obaze in his speech, thanked members of the group who cut across the 326 wards of the state for their support, noting: “The government of the day beyond being financially reckless, is deceitful.”
According to him, the government runs on lies, deceits and propaganda.
Obaze regretted that a government elected to continue on the good governance trajectory Anambra State once sworn in, derailed and now tries to make up with lies and window dressing.
He asked asked the government to come clean on its acts, make open the details of its budget, tell Anambra people how much it has borrowed, and account for the resources it has so far spent on behalf of the people.
The PDP candidate said his government, if elected, will treat governance as it should be. According to him, zero-based budgeting method, participatory budget and full disclosure of budget details will be a constant. He said government dealings ought not to be shrouded in secrecy as it currently is in Anambra state.
Obaze said he will prioritise education by devoting 26% of the state’s budget to it. He vowed to bring back Anambra’s human capital development policies and also revive the Anambra Welfare Scheme in which monthly conditional cash transfers are made to non-pensionable persons aged 75 and above.