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Why Obiano Should be Worried Over Who Succeeds Him In 2022

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By Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp

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The anxiety over the likelihood of abandonment of all the reforms Willie Obiano’s administration has put in place by his successor should preoccupy the outgoing governor’s mind, and considered his greatest challenge.

As Anambra set to elect the next governor,  majority of the governorship candidates on parade are simply jostling for public recognition, and political stardom, while a few, possesses the requisite character attributes cum personality gaits to really succeed Obiano.

Reading the public opinion, gathered after a painstaking exit-survey, it is clear that many people are already asking questions if the reforms and changes Governor Obiano has made and implementing will continue after his tenure in office.

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My sincere advice is that the Willie Obiano’s led administration should continue to strengthen the institutions, sustain the effort in rebuilding the public and civil service before handing over the baton. Governor Obiano should ensure that while leaving office, the structures and institutions that his administration built would remain and continue to sustain his developmental strides.

From apolitical viewpoint, Obiano’s led administration has done so much in the area of media, rebranding state owned Newspapers, “National Light” is a newspaper published by the Anambra Newspapers And Printing Corporation (ANPC), owned by the Anambra State Government. It is the longest-thriving state-owned newspaper in Nigeria, having lasted as long as the state, which was created on 27 August 1991, following the split up of the Old Anambra.
It is the ANPC that also publishes the only Igbo Newspaper currently existing in Nigeria, known as Ka Ọ Dị Taa, which was introduced in July 10, 2017 as a sister newspaper of the National Light, with the arrival of the corporation’s current MD/Editor-in-Chief, Sir Chuka Nnabuife who assumed the office in 2014. Both the National Light Newspaper and the Ka Ọ Dị Taa have received a plethora of awards from different organizations across the country.

Also, the Obiano’s administration retouched the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) Radio and Television brand. With Dr. Uche Nworah as the MD/CEO, the state government owned broadcast organization has witnessed massive transformation into a fully digitized media organisation, with state-of the art facilities and trained broadcast Journalists. Gov Obiano has strengthened these institutions and equipped them with world-class technology.

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The next governor will be voted into office November 6, 2021, to serve the people of Anambra. Surely, the new governor will not have issues with strengthening the existing structures. He is expected to hit the ground running, not crawling. His first 100days in office should speak volumes. The security of lives and properties should be top on the list.

In recent times, the crime rate has hit the highest level; the security challenges appear insurmountable. The new governor should make concerted effort towards arresting the ugly situation. In his first 100days in office, his critical assignment should be; the full restoration of the dwindling fortunes of Obiano’s security architecture. The only guarantee is our resolve to choose the right person to succeed the incumbent.

Ekenem!

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Funds expended on political campaigns in Nigeria is now a critical component of Nigerian corruption…Otunba Opeyemi Agbaje,Chairman Afenifere Ogun state

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The Ogun state Chairman of Afenifere,a vibrant and active social Political group,Otunba Opeyemi Agbaje spoke extensively with our News medium on INEC’s demand for all candidates to declare their bank assets prior to the 2023 General elections and other concerned issues.

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In his words on INEC and Party Candidates Bank assets,he said “My first concern is what is INEC’s definition of “bank assets?” Is it just bank account balances or more than that? If its just bank account balances, I doubt what practical use such information will be to INEC.

Secondly, I wonder whether INEC has the legal authority to request candidates to declare their “bank assets”. Yes the agency is authorised to monitor campaign expenditure but does that ipso facto confer on them the power to request bank balances? I’m not so sure of that. Code of Conduct Bureau and perhaps EFCC or ICPC may have such authority but its not clear that INEC does.”

Responding to the commission’s move to establish a finance monitoring teams,Otunba Opeyemi Agbaje says, “It is desirable and proper for INEC to establish mechanisms to monitor campaign finance and expenditure. The funds expended on political campaigns in Nigeria have become unreasonably huge and is now a critical component of Nigerian corruption and political dysfunction. I support any lawful effort to constrain and control this issue within the ambit of the law.”

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The Ogun State Afenifere chairman emphasized that The EFCC and Deposit Money Banks have the responsibility to report suspicious financial transactions and he support leveraging this mechanism to monitor campaign finances…

“The Constitution guarantees freedom of association to all Nigerians so I can understand as many parties as possible seeking INEC registration. As a practical matter of course I recognise the operational, logistics and political difficulties inherent in having too many political parties. Nevertheless I believe every legitimate and conscientious political tendency should have the right to express themselves through a political party.”Otunba Agbaje maintained.

“I am excited at the news that youths and students top new voters registrations. I urge all youths, students, professionals, workers and indeed all Nigerians who are yet to register to do so. We can aim to register 12 million additional voters before the General Elections and take new registrations to over 20million!!! I know that’s an ambitious target but we need ambitious objectives and goals if we must reform and transform Nigeria.The Youths deserves encouragement to take up challenges and prepare for the future.

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Presently, Afenifere Social Political group is made up of very active, focused and visionary youths with their membership growing by the day,”he added

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