Gov Willie Obiano’s Thank You Tour as Invigorating Tonic
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has proved its mettle as the fulcrum of developmental politics and governance in Nigeria. Its commitment to good governance is consistent with the dreams of the founding patrons who wished a regeneration of our society through the instrumentality of purposeful leadership and governance.
Since its birth in 2002 and its subsequent ascent as the ruling party in Anambra State in 2006, APGA has remained surefooted in its cause of redefining governance as a functional means of growing society. APGA has continued to improve the lives of Ndi-Anambra.
This will surely rest the spirit of the eternal leader of APGA, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu (Ikemba), who made far-reaching sacrifices to ensure the entrenchment of APGA ideals among the apologists. Though Ikemba lived to see the APGA dream assume flesh when, against all odds, APGA took the reins of power in Anambra State, the party’s sustained growth from strength to strength in its appeal beyond the South East geopolitical Zone will definitely be more suiting to Ikemba’s spirit.
APGA’s popularity derives from its track record of comprehensive development.
Today, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike), continues to expand the frontiers of good governance as he labours to evolve a civilized polity by providing adequate security, improving the state’s infrastructural outlay and growing its economy through attracting private investments. Chief Obiano has continued to improve the education, health and agriculture sectors; more importantly he has groomed a vibrant and highly motivated work force in the civil service. For these, Ndi-Anambra are enamoured with their Governor and the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
Chief Willie Obiano has not only delivered as the Governor of Anambra State; as the Chairman of APGA Board of Trustees, he has ensured that the party finds strong roots across the geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Today as the third of the most notable parties in Nigeria, APGA sponsors candidates across the country who are competing favourably with those from the other two bigger parties.
This is popularly seen as the Willie Obiano effect in APGA.
APGA’s glorious height is not attained without internal hiccups. However, there is an unwritten code in the growth dynamics of the All Progressives Grand Alliance which makes the party more virile and sharpened for gainful electoral encounters at the end of every recognizable internal scuffle. Such occasions rather than cause the party mortal harm invigorate its determination to prove its unique familial features: a bonding that is imperative in the party’s ‘Onye aghana nwanne ya’ mantra.
Today, APGA-consciousness has become more evident in the congregation of support for the current humane leadership of APGA founded in the unassailable humanity of Governor Willie Obiano. This invariably earned the Governor the unprecedented overwhelming victory of 21 over 21 in the gubernatorial election that earned him a second term.
The people’s expression of love for Governor Willie Obiano and APGA knew no bounds when the Governor undertook a Thank You Tour of the 21 Local Government Councils of Anambra where his electoral prowess subdued other candidates in the November, 2017 gubernatorial election. The euphoria of victory came anew and enveloped Anambra State as the Tour progressed from one Council to the other. It was APGA all the way, as prominent sons and daughters of Anambra accompanied the Governor to visit yet greater number of prominent Ndi-Anambra who trouped out in their localities to celebrate a Governor who has given them utmost peace in safety.
No doubt the just concluded Thank You Tour inoculated APGA candidates in the state against electioneering traumata, and initiated them into the Conquest Mode of the party as they confront the forthcoming general elections.
Okechukwu Anarado writes from Adazi-Nnukwu