Governor Peter Obi
Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has reassured the people of Anambra North senatorial district of commitment to ensure that his successor emerges from the zone for the sake of equity.
Obi, who was addressing stakeholders from the seven local governments that make up the zone in Onitsha, said he remained resolutely committed to his campaign promise to the people of the zone that he would do everything possible to assist the zone produce the next governor that would take over from him.
He recalled that of the 20 years that the state had been in existence, Anambra Central and Anambra South senatorial zones had occupied the governorship seat to the exclusion of Anambra North senatorial zone.
The governor maintained that fairness demanded that the people of Anambra North senatorial zone should be allowed to produce the next governor in order to give the zone a sense of belonging.
Obi said he would be delighted if the people of the area should produce a governor, who would provide more dividend of democracy than himself and who would not discriminate against any segment of the state.
He, therefore, advised the people to scrutinise properly all the political aspirants in the zone and come up with a candidate that would be acceptable to the people of the state.
“The choice is yours to give Anambra electorate a candidate that will be acceptable to them and who will rule without discriminating against any group,” he said.
In reference to those who called on him to select a candidate and present to them, Obi said he was not a dictator who could just impose a candidate on the people.
He said: “I do not do politics of imposition. I do not want anybody who will bring returns to me when he is elected. You should organise yourselves well and bring out somebody that can lead well and surpass me in achievements.”
Earlier various speakers at the occasions had extolled Obi for his interest and consistency in identifying with the people of the zone in their quest to produce the next governor of the state.
In his speech, Hon Ralph Okeke, had expressed the resolve of the people of the zone to pursue the governorship project with the commitment and vigour it deserved.
He said stakeholders in the area had resolved categorically that nobody from the zone should accept to curtest election as a deputy governor.
Also speaking at the occasion, Dr. Tim Menakaya, commended Obi for identifying with them in the governorship project and pledged the resolve of his people not to compromise in the pursuit of the project.
In his vote of thanks, Chief Mike Areh, said the people of the zone had both the will and the might to achieve their goal and thanked Obi for his interest and commitment.