By Nick Chibunna
Ndigbo have been advised to take a cue from Anambra State and improve upon their welfare in the country.
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chieftain, Dr. Alex Obi, gave the advice when he spoke to Christian Voice in Owerri, capital of Imo State, recently.
He said that in the Anambra example, the government and the people have been working together and, investing massively in infrastructure, industries, agriculture, education and other areas “without making noise”.
Obi, who was chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, further urged Igbo people not to be cowed by any person or circumstances in their bid to take their rightful position in Nigeria.
The Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) award recipient, however, told Ndigbo to come together, like their counterparts in the South West and the North, and speak with one voice.
He regretted that they have been shortchanged in the past due to ignorance and greed on the part of those who claim to represent them as leaders.
According to him, these class of leaders played politics of individualism and bread and butter whereby they are enticed with contracts and powerless appointments, adding that anyone wanting Igbo votes must negotiate for it.
Obi, who once contested for the governorship position in Imo under the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) described APGA as a true identity of the Igbo man.
The APGA chieftain warned that no one should intimidate Ndigbo with memories of the civil war which ended 48 years ago, adding “enough is enough” Ndigbo are major stakeholders in Nigeria”.
The renowned medical director and also a school proprietor said that as PDP Imo State chairman, he delivered his candidate’s in all the elections, from local government to federal.
He, however, left as a result of unending intra-party squabbles and undemocratic elements within the party, according to him, adding that at a point, he fell victim to conspiracy.
Obi, who left a record as the longest serving PDP chairman in Imo, said that APGA is the party to beat and urged everyone to join the train, citing the 18 Imo governorship aspirants in the party as indication of wide acceptance.