For the last 23 years we have experienced the leadership of three parties in Anambra state and Nigeria, the PDP, APC and APGA (APGA in Anambra at least). We are not in any doubt that the outcome has been disastrous. At this time, we need to reflect and discern our path moving forward.
We have had the APGA government in Anambra state for the last 16yrs, yet Anambra is today one of the most unsafe places to live or raise a family; safety concerns aside, youth and teenage cultism are widespread. Yet APGA is campaigning hard to retain control of the state. What new do we expect of them?
PDP and APC have been in charge of the entire country. APC controls the central government and shares the control of the states and Parliament with the PDP. PDP was in control of the central government for 16 out of the 23yrs. The poverty, unemployment, insecurity, infrastructural lack/decay, the hopelessness and the near-state-failure of the country that we experience today are consequences of the misrule of these parties.
While the ordinary people say enough of them and want them out, the elites feeling content, privileged or scared, continue to play ostrich. Anambra like many states in Nigeria walks the path of Afghanistan. Human lives seem to be worthless. No matter what we think, the Time Bomb ticks, we don’t know who will be next victim. We are in a state of anomie; uncertainty, misery, strife and bloodbath have taken root. Meanwhile, we have a government in place and 3parties in charge of the state and country.
The biggest challenge facing us is our apparent inability to confront the status quo. I am sure everyone wishes Nigeria/Anambra good and we acknowledge that election time is the best time to make the critical decision about leading the future. There will never be change except we make a deliberate effort in a new direction. We cannot mouth newness, third Force or change to life, we must take deliberate action.
The African Democratic Congress ADC has been in the forefront of creating a system that works for everyone, and a government that is disciplined and accountable to the people. A new Anambra that is production driven, with progressive people and developmental politics beckons. I invite you to align with ADC and with a warm HANDSHAKE let’s make Akachukwu Nwankpo the Governor and build a state of our dreams and make Anambra the IJELE of Africa.