Labour Party (LP) candidate for the November 6 Anambra State Governorship Election, Obiora Agbasimalo, believes that the ‘Home for all’ desperately needs a new lease of life through a committed leadership that comes with accountability. In this interview, the chartered accountant and philanthropist, spoke on why he remains the best candidate for the forthcoming election in Anambra State, reports Sam Egburonu.
Why did you join the Anambra guber race?
I joined the race because Anambra is in need of and is ripe for a new lease of life. Anambra requires leadership with accountability. It is time for Anambra State to truly take its place and live up to the true meaning of its National Slogan as “the Light of the Nation”.
What you say stands you out among other candidates?
I am selfless. I am a youth. I am energetic. I have worked in a top notch private establishment where result oriented performance and accountability is paramount. I bring all these to leadership in Anambra.
Do you think, your platform, the Labour Party, is popular enough in Anambra to win the forthcoming guber election?
There is nothing like popular party. People should be looking out for credible round-peg in round-hole candidates with deliverable blue prints and not false and bogus promises. The idea of the so-called popular parties branding money bags; that is our undoing in this part of the world. We should come together and stop it.
My party will win the November 2021 guber elections in Anambra State. It can also win in any other level of government elections in the country.
Labour Party is the party of the Civil Service, the workforce of the state, the pensioners, the artisans, etc.
Anambra is a state of many billionaires; do you think you have the financial war chest to win the Nov 6 election?
It is highly unfortunate that winning elections in this country has become a highly capital intensive project. But that notwithstanding, we have the requisite financial muscle to pull it off.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing Anambra State?
There is a myriad of challenges facing Anambra State that if one starts to comment on them, a good journalist such as yourself may be able to write a 10,000-page epistle on them. One of the challenges facing the state is its unutilised and unearthed wisdom, which we are going to dig up when we come up.
In the business environment, the state has more millionaires and billionaires per square kilometer than any other state in the country. We have enormous potentials to surpass the likes of Taiwan and Vietnam, and even India in manufacturing.
We have the potential using our traditional apprenticeship methods, to usefully engage every youth in the state and also bring them far above the poverty line.
Anambra has had enough of political alertness and eagerness. Every local government in the state has what it can contribute to the state. If well harnessed, the state would become the envy of Nigeria.
How will you raise the IGR when you emerge as governor?
Income leakages and diversion are parts of the issues my administration would tackle. I can grow Anambra’s IGR by at least 30 percent from this. Other percentages will come from genuine, proper and calculated income/revenue drives from areas neglected and or taken for granted. It is too early to express all here and now. Rest assured that they abound and we are capable. I would also seek support from the centre to speedily conclude Federal projects in the state to boost our IGR. Our ever willing brethren in the diaspora will not be left behind.
What is your relationship with the Church which, many believe is a critical factor in winning elections in Anambra?
The Church is indeed critical in winning elections in the state. I am in constant touch with all the religious denominations in the state. I am in the centre of friendship with all churches and indeed mosques in the state, leaving out none. I believe I would have the full backing of the church at the polls. I would say that my relationship with the Church is cordial.
What’s your relationship with Anambra State’s political godfathers?
I don’t know what you mean by political godfathers. Maybe you should shed more light in that area. But if you are speaking about stakeholders (i.e role models and leaders that can influence voters), I am making wide consultations with as many of them as I can in the religious circles, the civil service, in the cultural circles, among traditional rulers, and also among the youth. I am reaching out to all stakeholders in Anambra State soliciting their support.
By Sam Egburonu