Dr. Harris Chuma Odili
Former aide to ex President Goodluck Jonathan, and Anambra governorship aspirant Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo has commended Willie Obiano, the Anambra State Governor, for setting a benchmark for governance, upped the ante of leadership and challenged creativity as much as productive thinking in government. The APGA leading guber aspirant in a statement in Awka,Tuesday, described the seven years of Willie Obiano’s administration as
“Obiano has delivered an impressive leadership within a resounding seven years in office, with the kind of drive and passion that is almost unprecedented in the state’s contemporary history. He boats an enviably rich knowledge in good governance as evident in his performance sheet, seven years after. Whether in terms of style, a good grasp of issues or ability to provide leadership in crisis period, Obiano is miles ahead of his peers.”
“Talk about articulation and presentation of policies, vision and mission as well as execution (enforcement is probably apt) – Obiano has always set the pace. He hasn’t made governance as well as leadership any easier for whoever is going to take over from him, regardless of the misgivings anyone may nurse. He has set a benchmark for governance, birthed economic transformation, upped the ante of leadership and challenged creativity as much as productive thinking in government.”
Nwankpo, stated that Anambra was neither void nor without form when Obiano assumed leadership, that he has helped to give a very defining shape to the artery of the state’s socio-economic anatomy is equally not debatable. And so, with such conscious and clinically orchestrated redirection of the Anambra anatomy, even the most cynical of his critics already see a new and promising Anambra many years into the future.”
Facts, as it were, don’t lie. As such, Akpokuedike, as he is fondly referred to, will always ride even roughshod on the crest and credibility of his scorecard.
Nwankpo concluded that, it was Obiano who translated progressive politics into progressive development.
“He is the progressive actualiser. He maintained and secured Anambra such that today, wealthy Anambrarians are all back home investing hugely in the state, people can move about the streets of Anambra without the fear of the unknown. Ndi Anambra are now very proud of their state.”
But by and large, history – from all indications – promises to be kind to Willie Obiano, who came at the nick of time to save the state from an orchestrated political misdirection, charted a path that completely redefined both the development and the politics of progressivism. In the next one year, Willie Obiano will hand over a legacy of an incontrovertibly good governance to his successor.