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Obiano: Maintaining His Commitment To APGA

Posted: Oct 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Willie Obiano, in November 2013, made history when he became governor of Anambra Sate under the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), succeeding former Governor Peter Obi.
As Obi’s successor, doubting Thomases thought that it would be difficult for this Aguleri-born banker and politician to record meaningful achievements compared with the achievements of his predecessor.
Today, Obiano, from Anambra East Local Government Area, can beat his chest for arguably doing as much as his predecessor, or even more.
Apart from attracting over $2.4 billion investments within his first 18 months, the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR) rose from N500 million to N1.3 billion with an indication of hitting a N3 billion target.
He said that his administration also attracted over $660 million investments to the agricultural sector, especially in rice, tomato and cassava production, processing and storage, among other investments across the sectors.
All seemed to be going well with Obiano until last week when it was reported that he planned to dump APGA for the All Progressives Congress (APC). The party’s chairman, Chief Victor Oye was also reportedly removed.
If it was true, Obiano would have followed Obi’s footsteps, who after his two terms, embraced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and became a member of President Goodluck Jonathan’s economic team, to the chagrin of Anabrarians.
Obiano, Chairman of APGA’s Board of Trustees (BoT), denied the report, restating his commitment to the party. He said that in addition to building the party, he has been working on how to get the state out of its economic challenges.
Also, James Eze, Obiano’s Senior Special Assistant (Media) stated that there was no truth in the report, describing it as the handiwork of a “clique of internally displaced politicians,” even as he urged APGA members and supporters to disregard it as it was “totally false and does not have the slightest semblance of truth.
Obiano has been deeply involved in restoring peace in his party, consulting widely to ensure that APGA takes its rightful position as the third party in the country and an alternative to the PDP and APC come 2019.  He has also helped to restore Chief Oye to his position. How far can he succeed in making APGA a truly national party? Only time would tell.
Born on August 18, 1957, Obiano attended the Holy Trinity Primary School and Christ The King College, Onitsha; the University of Lagos, where he studied Accounting and Marketing. He joined First Bank of Nigeria, had a stint with Texaco as the Chief International Auditor before joining Fidelity Bank and rose to its Deputy Manager, Head of Audit, and an Executive Director, before embracing politics to become a governor.