Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp
The media meet on Thursday involving the governorship aspirant Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo and Journalists in his Awka Campaign Office has been sparking further controversies.
While a session of the media holds that the APGA leading governorship aspirant Nwankpo had accepted the purported consensus arrangements designed to favor Prof Chukwuma Soludo, here is our stand point at Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo campaign Organization.
Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo said he was fully aware of the speculations, but said he was convinced that the governor he knew would not dare to play God with who would succeed him.
Addressing newsmen in his office in Awka, Nwankpo, a personal envoy to former President Goodluck Jonathan said both the name the mother gave him at birth, Maduaburochukwu (man is not God) and the party’s constitution would not allow the governor to impose a sole candidate on the party.
He said, “The governor has the right to promote a successor. If you make me a governor today, I’ll take interest in promoting a successor of my liking. So there’s nothing absolutely wrong in what our governor is doing. Every governor does that.
“In the case of Soludo, I don’t know how true is it, but there’s a general impression that there was even a commitment before now made by the governor to Soludo. For me, I have no controversies around the matter. If they had a deal, Soludo had the right to demand for it, and Obiano should keep his own part to retain his honor.
“The governor as a public officer, one with good disposition and a person of character, if he made a promise to Soludo, he’ll make effort to keep it. If I’m in Soludo’s shoes, I’ll demand that he keeps it. Same with Obiano.
“So why am I in the race after all? I’m here because what the governor is trying to do for Soludo is something that is not totally in his control. It’s a matter you can’t handle privately.
“One beautiful thing about our governor is that he has a unique name, which people forget. Any anytime I think about it and this issue, I look at that name, it’s Maduaburochukwu, given to him the day the mother gave birth to him. We have to go back to the governor’s history to find out why the parents gave him the name.
“This man you see today that’s called Akpukuedike with all his energy, was a weak person when he was born, in a circumstance that required that the mother would take unique steps to protect him. And it’s God that sustained him and brought him to the greatness he is which is symbolised in his name.
“So I’m sure there’s no time in the history of this state that the governor confuses himself with governor and God. Besides, the bible is clear. We’re a Christian state, the message is clear. They tell us everyday in church which the governor also listens to that it’s God that bestows kings.
“For me, that’s the first principle. I know that the governor is not playing God and people shouldn’t accuse him of that. He’s a good man just trying to look for his successor in order to keep to the promise he made. I admire him for that because it’s what a man of character should do. But God is still there.
“When governor employs people to work for him, like the Information Commissioner, who coincidentally is my friend and brother from the same local government, he’s engaged to discharge his responsibility. If his boss expects him to communicate an idea, and you know how lucid and eloquent he is, he’ll present it with all lucidity because he’s answerable to his boss and that’s what the game is all about.
“But you see, we also have a political party where we all belong to. So the governor will be lobbying and talking to the party. And I don’t think he confuses himself with the political party of which he’s the BOT chairman. There’s a rule guiding the party and the governor has the duty to sustain it.”
While advising the governor and the ex-CBN governor to seek the face of God for his will for the state, the guber hopeful not to treat him and other party contestants as outcasts but to accord them fair and equal treatment.
“So my advice to my governor and friend Chukwuma Soludo is to get on their knees and pray. We’re praying, the church is praying, everyone is praying. And make sure you don’t confuse what you’re doing with the promises of God to the people of Anambra state.
“As party members, we’re telling him, don’t forget we’re here, we fear the same constitution, we love this party, and we want it to survive. Don’t treat us in a way that, because you love one of us, we’ve become outcast. I don’t think, and I’m sure he won’t do that.
“So I understand his body language which is that he doesn’t want APGA to die and for the people of the state to know that when he took the mantle of power for APGA, that the party won’t die in his hands. He won’t do anything to break the hearts of APGA people, he won’t disenfranchise them. That’s the way I understand his body language,” Nwankpo concluded.