The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra State has asked Governor Willie Obiano to apologise to the people of the state for absenting himself from the security meeting of South East Governors in Enugu state.
The party described the governor’s defense over his failure to attend the meeting as an election-specific lameduck excuse.
In a statement from its Publicity Secretary, Okelo Madukaife, APC challenged Obiano to commence rebuilding of the state security architecture, expressing hope that the situation would not deteriorate.
The statement read in part, “The spirited defence put up by the Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Political Affairs, Barr. Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, for Obiano’s failure to attend an emergency security meeting of South East Governors in Enugwu is an election-specific lameduck excuse.
“In the first place Anambra State naturally occupies a leadership position in the South East, which neither Obiano nor Obi-Okoye seem to realise, because of the way governorship was awarded to Obiano through Peter Obi’s election rigging.
“Secondly, even Mazi Mbonu Ojike, of ‘Boycott all Boycottables’ fame and blessed memory will confirm that boycotts never solved much problems even in his own time.
“The calamity of the issue in review is not only that Obiano did not attend or send anyone, he was in local governments he appropriates their money campaigning for an election which requires security to hold.
“Thirdly, security issues, particularly the one that has claimed many lives in Anambra State and damaged quantum properties cannot be turned into a mere object of political propaganda by a government that does not understand its responsibility.
“This responsibility goes beyond claiming to identify sponsors of a security snarl, but using the accumulated N1. 5bn monthly security vote to address the situation or excalate same with forensic facts and evidence.
“If in Obiano ‘s view the situation was generated by any of the other governors in the South East, telling it to the faces of the presumed culprits is the Anambra-like solution, and not staying back to canvass for votes forl an aloof parallel candidate, when the train has left the station .
“At the worst, Obiano should have allowed Anambra State Government to be represented, since his party stalwart Chief Mrs Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu saw through the precursor and openly advocated that Gov. Obiano should attend.
“Obiano should apologise to Anambra State, South East Governors and begin to rebuild the security architecture, hoping that for want of time, he has not negligently allowed the situation to slip out of his control.
“This is so, because not all levels of governance will fold their arms like Obiano has done and let persons play football with the skull of a fellow human. Speak of Emperor Nero fiddling while his nation is on fire.
“To this end, whether Anambra Statel Government was represented in the South East meeting or not, the government of Anambra State should within 48 hours make its position known on EBUBEAGU SECURITY INIIATIVE, highlighted in the resolutions and and announce a plan within the given time frame.
“Otherwise Obiano-led government should outline its dissenting alternative plan and state its plan to restore Anambra State to a normal economy, unperforated by non-state actors.”