www.odogwublog.com reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dragged the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led by Governor Willie Obiano to court over N1 Million levies on Billboard for campaign and N9 Million for pasting of campaign posters.
He said himself and the party are in court to challenge the imposing of levies on Billboards and posters , wondering if that was done during Obiano’s regime if he have had the resources to campaign. He insisted it was muzzling of democracy in disguise.
Engineer Bart Nwibe, All Progressives Congress (APC), Governorship Aspirant for Anambra Governorship election billed for November 2017 disclosed this during the Correspondents’ Chapel Forum of the Anambra Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) in Awka.

Nwibe said Governor Willie Obiano’s poor leadership in the state made him to declare interest in order to correct his mistakes in office.

Nwibe further pointed out that he is being goaded into the race by the unimpressive performances of the governor, saying, the State is in  dire need of a performer to take it to the next level.
His words: "If Obiano is doing well, people like us would not have aspired for the governorship seat come November 2017, because it is more difficult to unseat an incumbent.'

According to him, the quality of work done by an incumbent would speak for him and do the campaign for him, but faulted the present administration of playing to the gallery with non-existent projects.

In particular, he expressed worry that the $2 billion dollars Umueri International Cargo Airport Project flagged off on April 11, 2017 awarded to an alleged ghost Chinese firm which according to him was declared bankrupt four years ago.

The airport project is a tripartite  venture in which the Chinese firm Elite International Investments Limited (Sinoking Enterprises Limited) will invest 75 % Equity Stake, while Orient Petroleum Resources and State Government shares 20% and 5% respectively.
Enginer Nwibe who contested the House of Representatives seat for Aguata Federal Constituency on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) noted that Anambra State which witnessed passionate development of the State under the Dr. Chris Ngige and Chief Peter Obi administrations, is struggling hard to meet his predecessors' high level marks.

He stated that apart from security of lives and properties where the current administration improved on the gains of his predecessors (Ngige and Obi), the present government, he contended, lacks the vision to turn around the State for the better, and promised a transparent, purposeful and accountable leadership.

Engineer Nwibe who is believed to be the political son of the Minister for Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, accused the incumbent governor of the State abandoning his campaign promises, in addition to projects he inherited in the spirit of 'Continuity Agenda.

In addition to lack of continuity in most inherited projects,, he accused the Obiano administration of being characterized by lack of transparency and accountability in fiscal management, frivolous expenditure of State resources, lopsided and sectional infrastructural development and one-sided political appointments.

Engineer Nwibe who hails from Igboukwu in Aguata Local Govermnment Area of the State and worked for reputable companies including Shell Petroleum Development Company and Schlumberger promised to invest meaningfully into Orient Petroleum Resources Plc to make Anambra an oil producing State.

  He said it would amount to political suicide for the party to give its ticket to those who had no kindred interest in the party.

Nwibe described those who were flocking APC in the state for the sole purpose of using the platform to contest the November election as ‘food is ready politicians’.
He added that such people had no party ideology, but were propelled by selfish interest of joining any political party that could be seen as a vehicle to power.

He said “there are two groups of aspirants on the platform of the party for the governorship election in the state. Those who believe strongly in the change mantra of the APC and those who came in after the party had won power at the centre because they believe they can win power using the platform of the party.

“For me, we have no other party than the APC, and whether the party wins or loses, we will remain in the party. We have been in the opposition for 15 years, but for the other group, we are not even sure they will remain in our party if they win power,” he said.
By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu