As preparation for the Anambra governorship election hits its peak, one of Nigeria’ s most vocal lawmakers has called on the people of Anambra to go out en- masse and carry out their civic responsibilities.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who represents Abia South senatorial district in the National Assembly appealed to all registered voters in Anambra to ensure their exercise their franchise.
The Punch reports that while receiving an honourary award from the Nigerian Society of Engineers at a ceremony on Thursday, November 4, Abaribe warned that when people fail to participate in elections, they give those who voted the opportunity to elect their choice leaders.
Also blaming the state of roads connecting Abia with neighbouring states, the senator said there was nothing wrong with the region’ s structural designs but bad governance and politics have been the greatest challenge for development in the area.
Explaining further, Abaribe said that from the administration of late Musa Yar’ Adua to Olusegun Obasanjo’ s, the Aba- Ikot Ekpene federal road has been subject to politics and the federal government appears unbothered about it.
The PDP chieftain also noted that he had in the past had discussions with former Abia state governor Theophilus Orji and Senator Godwill Akpabio, for the reconstruction of the road and send the bill to the federal government.
Abaribe further queried the identities of those within the ministry of finance who have constantly refused to release funds for the construction of these roads.
He added: ” We have continued to suffer. It is a real problem. We have to play the politics of faith and make sure we are there. ”
Meanwhile, the former Head of State and chairman National Peace Committee, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his contributions to the peace and development of Delta state.
The former Head of State, gave the commendation on Thursday, November 4 while addressing newsmen at Government House, Asaba, shortly after a courtesy call on the governor.
Abubakar who was in company with the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, said that they were in Asaba en route Awka ahead of the governorship election in Anambra.
He commended Deltans for sustaining the peace in Delta which, he noted, had enabled the governor to carry out developmental projects in the nooks and crannies of the state.
His words: ” Bishop Matthew Kukah and I are coming from Awka. You know that Saturday (November 6) is the governorship election in Anambra, and in our duty as the National Peace Committee, we went there to sign a peace accord with the contestants.
” We felt that it would be out of place if we came through Asaba without coming to see the Governor of Delta.
” I must commend Governor Okowa sincerely because when you come to Asaba, if you’ re away for about two to three months when you come you will see quite a lot of changes and development.
” I want to congratulate the governor for the good work he is doing and also for the peace in the state. ”
On the Anambra election, Abubakar urged the people to maintain peace, knowing that there could only be a winner at a time.