The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State on Wednesday took a
dig at the performance of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
government, expressing disappointment.
The APC echoed a perception that many people including Chief Peter Obi
share and which reverberates in the country.
“Chief Peter Obi is disappointed in Mr. Willie Obiano. He is complaining
in every quarter, claiming that he left over N76billion which has not
translated into any tangible project. The economy of the state has gone
down. The educational sector is in crisis. The indices are pointing
towards negative. The agricultural incentive is a scam. Today, they are no
longer talking of exporting vegetables. Even with the internally generated
revenue and increase in taxes, the people are suffering. The
infrastructure provided by Dr. Chris Ngige and Peter Obi are falling to
pieces. The roads are bad and becoming more dangerous. When it rains,
everywhere is flooded, bringing untold hardship to the people. The people
are fed up with Obiano” Anambra State APC Secretary, Mr. Chukwuma Agufugo
told journalists in Awka.
Agufugo who scolded Obiano for his poor performance condemned the governor
for not encouraging the development and growth of the manufacturing sector
as well as other sectors of the economy.
“The industrial policy of the state is faulty. There are no measures aimed
at improving the competitiveness and capabilities of domestic firms.
Government is not assisting or patronizing local vehicle manufacturers.
The state vehicles were bought from foreign companies. Has Obiano extended
tax incentives to new companies as a way of encouraging them? Where is the
infrastructure? You have touts chasing them, collecting money without
remitting to the state.
Agufuro pointed out the dreadful state of Nigeria when APC took over in
2015, commending President Muhammadu Buhari for making headway on economic
matters, security, anti-corruption drive and others.
“Knowing where we are coming from, two years is not too early to judge
this administration. It is a good time to assess a government. For anybody
to say the APC government has not performed, that person is not fair to
himself. The PDP plunged the country into recession.”
Unhappy with the failures of the PDP government and the chaotic nature of
the country before May 29, 2015, Agufuro said the record of the APC
government in less than three years was better than the 16 years of PDP.
“Today, the story is different. We have an investment friendly economic
climate that attracts both domestic and foreign investors. Nigeria’s
foreign exchange reserve has increased tremendously. Nigeria is self
sufficient in rice production. Other sectors are being developed and
serious attention dedicated to them. No longer lip service. Jobs are being
created. Infrastructure has improved across board. Budget implementation
has gone far. The government is affecting the people” he said.
He commended the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun
for performing excellently.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) is a political structure. The party
is in a good shape. It is doing what is necessary.”
The secretary of the party blasted those supporting Obiano’s candidacy,
saying all hands must be on deck to remove APGA.
“APC will ensure wealth creation, job opportunities, industrialization,
concrete infrastructure, general welfare and security of lives and
property in Anambra State.”
He also urged Ndi Anambra to live beyond mere sentiment and key to the
“Real change begins with self conviction, aspiration and desire. Anambra
people must take their faith and lives into their hands by voting
massively in the Nov 18 governorship election for real and positive
change” he added.