Obiora Ifoh, Abuja
The Anambra state governor Chief Willie Obiano has said that the security agencies are zeroing in on those responsible for last Sunday’s massacre at the St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Amankwa, Ozubulu in Anambra state.He reiterated his earlier statement that the target of last Sunday’s gun attack on the Catholic in Ozubulu was the businessman from the town whose business partners were apparently after him.
On the the update on the tracking of the assailants, the governor said: ” We are taking precautions, we have a lead and the police has made some arrests and we are very confident that we will resolve the matter very soon,” he said.Obiano who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Friday shortly after returning his nomination form for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) said that the state government is bankrolling both the cost of treating the injured and burial of dead victims of the sordid attack.
Speaking on why he is gunning for a second term as governor, Obiano said he want to institutionalize the achievements he has made in his first term and want to actualize some ongoing projects like the Anambra airport which is going to come on stream in next two years.
According to him, in less than three years, every town in Anambra state has experienced government’s presence to the tune of N40 million.He said that his target is that by the time he has done eight years in office, every town in Anambra would have very significantly improved on their infrastructure.
Obiano who expressed confidence at the possibility of clinching victory at the poll, said that in the state virtually all major roads have been lighted up and beautified.He said that so far his government has achieved 66percent target in internally generated revenue.
“In agriculture, he said that the state is doing very well and has attained self-sufficient in rice production. We consume 320,000 metric tonnes and now we produce 375,000 metric tonnes per annum, from 80,000 metric tonne when we assumed office.”What I want to leave behind as my legacy when I leave office after eight years is to ensure that Anambra state is self-sufficient in the its revenue sources so that we will not have to be waiting for Abuja to run the affairs of governance, ” he said.He said that agriculture is the major employer of labour in Anambra state.
On the crisis rocking the party, the governor said there is no faction in the party, adding that he knows no other leadership of APGA other than the one led by Chief Victor Ike Oye.Also the former national chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh said that the activities by a factional group is a non issue and will not affect the chance of the party.
“We have been on the process for our governorship primaries but the other side has not sold any form” we have not heard that they are doing anything towards organising their primaries maybe they will enter their room and concoct a name and send to the INEC but of course it will be thrown into the trash can.He also assured that the party is ready to checkmate rigging at the November 18, governorship election, adding that ” we know how they are doing the rigging and we will block it”.
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