A frontline ethno-political organisation, the Umuigbo Progressive Network, UPN, has endorsed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Andy Uba ahead of the November 17 governorship polls in Anambra State.
In a statement by its President General, Obi Mac Oscar, Esq, the UPN said has watched with keen interest the gubernatorial race in Anambra State and with clearer interest on the candidates in various political platforms.
“And we have taken a side, not just for the candidate’s competence but the wealth of experience in governance and for the good of Anambra State,” the statement clarified.
It added, “Leadership, as it is, must be borne out of self-abnegation, rich wealth of governance experience, tolerance, sense of responsibility, competence, technical skills and achievements to mention a few. And of all the candidates in the guber race in Anambra State, Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressive Congress (APC) possesses these qualities and competences of a qualitative leader.
“As noticed, Anambra State has been knocked off the radar of relevance in Nigeria since the leadership of the incumbent Governor. And this has deprived the state of the status and height it once attained in its glory days. We have lost our voice at the central government and it is disturbing and unfortunate. By the political structure of Nigeria, the need for relevance at the centre can never be overemphasized, and that is one of the things we ask for. The silence in our voice at the centre is overwhelming and shameful to say the least. This we believe strongly with conviction that Senator Andy Uba will rectify once elected into office as the Governor of Anambra State. He will definitely put Anambra State on the cynosure of all political eyes in Nigeria.
“We can never exhaust the achievements of the APC standard bearer in the upcoming Anambra polls as they are innumerable and inexhaustible. How can we not remember how the Senator while in the 7th and 8th Senate moved a motion for the construction of the 2nd Niger bridge? Or the motion for the national recognition of Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu and High Chief Edwin Umezeoke?
“Senator Andy Uba sought the amendment of the NDDC Act which brought Anambra to be among the oil producing states in Nigeria. That by implication brought the state to receive more allocation for the development of the state, of which the current administration has failed woefully to utilise for the development. We can also not forget that while as a sitting Senator, Andy Uba sponsored 17 bills at the floor of the Senate house. These bills were innovative as they cut across pivotal areas of the country like Arbitration, Transportation, Consumer Protection, Public Administration and a lot more. These bills sponsored by Senator Andy Uba have been passed as laws in Nigeria which are already transforming the lives of Nigerians.
“We should not allow this golden opportunity to rewrite the history of Anambra State to slip from our hands. A cursory look at Abia State should give us a glimpse of what constitutes bad leadership; we have to really avert that from our dear State. No other candidate can give us the liberation we need, not the PDP which is battling with leadership crises, nor the APGA that is immersed in same fate with the former and lends no voice at national politics. It’s time the youths and women stepped into their responsibility and give Anambra State a chance to being the leading State of the East in all spheres. A wrong choice of candidate in the November 17 polls will either make or mar us from being at our desired destination as a State.
“The Umuigbo Progressive Network beckons on Anambraians, especially the youths and the women to *come out en masse*, canvass and vote for Senator Andy Uba. He will put us at the table of political relevance in Nigeria. Anambra State needs that relevance and amplification of our voices at the central government. With the emergence of Senator Andy Uba, transformational and infrastructural development will be the order of the day in Anambra State. It’s time we gathered the dividend of democracy from the Federal government down to our state government. It’s time we leveraged on the relationship between the Senator and the Federal Government to rebuild Anambra State and make it better than it is now.”