Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige has declared that he is eyeing a return to the Anambra Government House come 2014 because he has “unfinished business” with people of the state.
According to Ngige, who currently represents Anambra Central in the Senate, he forgot a lot of things in the Government House which still require his attention.
“This race that we are talking about requires experience and I have the experience. First, let me say that my mission is simply to build Anambra State that would truly be the light of the nation in her human capital, natural resources and material development. Yes, I have been there before, but with one hand tied to my back, yet I performed creditably well”, he said.
Justifying his mission to return to the seat he was sacked from over six years ago by the Court of Appeal which upheld the Election Petition Tribunal ruling that nullified his election, Ngige said he is coming back, this time, without encumbrances to finish the work he started between 2003 and 2006.
His words, “It will only be proper to appeal to Anambrarians to give me massive support by giving me the mandate so that together we would continue and finish the task of building a state that we would all be proud of and happy to call our home and the light of the nation”.
Explaining that governance requires skillful combination of politics and consultations with different interest groups such as labour, civil society, traditional institutions, the church, business world, youths among others for the masterful management of the resources, personnel and materials in Anambra State, Senator Ngige noted that his political opponents lacked these qualities.
“I have done the work of governor for 33 months, even if it was three months, I have good experience. I have told Anambra people that I am the best qualified for the job. I have done executive function before and I have also learnt more on the legislative aspect of the job as a senator and I want to combine both experiences to help not only my state but the people of the South East.
“Before I became Anambra State governor in 2003, no other government did ashphalt roads in the entire South East. The best they did was surface-dressing roads, which was cheap. They complained that there was no money to construct the type of quality roads that I did. The roads I did are still there and if given this opportunity, I will do more. Anambra State is strategic to the South East so we must put our acts together. I have a manifesto which is a 12-point agenda that I will use to transform the state. These are issues concerning security of lives and property, education, healthcare, transportation, agriculture, electricity and power supply, water supply, housing and environment, labour and civil servants welfare, third tier government, infrastructure development as well as the issue of youths and sports development”, he sressed.
He, therefore, challenged the people of the state to open their eyes, reject primordial fears and sentiments designed to sectionalize them and vote him into office come November 16.
“The truth is that with their support, we can take our state higher and make it a better, safer and sweet place to live, work, transact business and raise children with great joy. I still have 70 per cent of unfinished business and I am the one who will do it. I will do urban renewal. I will make Awka what a state capital should look like. I will build a new Awka city. I don’t have a house in Awka but we will develop the city so that I can have one just like others will want to have and live there”, the medical doctor turned politician said.