Abia Facts Newspaper and other media outfits, held an elaborate interview session with 2015 APC gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Nyerere Anyim. During the session, APC internal issues was discussed, the state was assessed and a lot of other sundry issues. Read the Part One (1) of the interview.
ISSUES OF 2019 ARE ALREADY HOVERING AROUND, WHAT IS THE CHANCES OF YOUR PARTY CONSIDERING THAT THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP IN ABIA STATE IS NOT A PRODUCT OF APC AND THEY ARE INSINUATIONS THAT APC IS NOT GROUND?
In the first place, to every Nigerian, especially those in the political circle, 2019 is strategic, in the sense that it will witness another transition from one democratic elected governor to another. It is strategic and peculiar in the sense that the Government that took power from a sitting government that has been there for over sixteen years, has to be watched on how they will be transiting to the next tenure, so that is why i say it is very strategic and an expectant year.
On the Second note, in Abia State we will be talking about 20 years of inglorious leadership and governance and then with what is happening at the centre which is not business as usual, those things that made them to be where they are today, the instrumentality they use to ascend to power would not be business as usual, it is a statement of fact that there has never been election in Abia state for the write result but the platform with which they use to do it then has been crippled.
So, it is as good as telling them to start packing their luggage to move out from the government house because their presence there has done nothing for the people of Abia State.
PEOPLE ARE EXPRESSING CERTAIN FEAR ABOUT APC, THERE SEEM TO BE A PROBLEM AMONG APC MEMBERS IN ABIA STATE, IS APC DIVIDED OR FACTIONALIZED IN ABIA STATE?
The APC of 2015 where you have one individual playing and at the same time been the goalkeepers, is not the APC we have today and another assurance i’m giving you is there is no division in APC. There is nowhere you don’t have people having one misunderstanding or another, even in the family but that is not a reason to raise doubts and fear in APC. Don’t allow anyone to deceive you because as far as I am concerned there is unity in APC under one leadership of the chairman of this state Hon. Donatus Nwamkpa.
HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT LED BY PRESIDENT BUHARI CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT NIGERIANS ARE COMPLAINING OF HARDSHIP AND THIS RECENT FUEL SCARCITY?
Firstly, i must appreciate and acknowledge the fact that Nigerian are going through some challenges orchestrated by the governance of the last sixteen years, but one thing i want us to appreciate is that there is sincere effort on the part of this present government to address those challenges. We inherited an economy that was already crumbling. It would only take the courage of a courageous leader to accept to lead at that moment because we were equally warned about the situation and economy and it is only someone who has the zeal to make sacrifice that will equally accept leadership at that time.
They didn’t sweep those problems under the carpet at that time just like it is usually being done, they started addressing the problems of this country fundamentally from its roots. It wasn’t business as usual and the result today is that one of the cancers that has eaten into the membrane of this country was corruption and it is not as it used to be before, people are afraid now as they no longer see it as business, from the recovery made so far from individuals and institution that govern this nation in the past, we can now say that this change have yielded positive results. i have told you about corruption, it is in the air and everybody feels it now.
LET ME CUT YOU SHORT, THE ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICY OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, HAVE BEING DESCRIBED AS SELECTIVE, WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THAT?
They are talking from the point of ignorance, an adage says “River cannot swallow someone that she has not seen his or her legs”, you can’t vomit what you have not eaten, you don’t expect people that did not eat to vomit.
ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY THAT MOST PEOPLE IN APC DID NOT EAT AT ALL?
Those in APC that were part of the eating are equally vomiting, if you know the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari is a man of integrity, that is on the corruption side. Then you look at the insecurity situation, so many things have cropped up, they were seeing results with the way the issues are pursued, we are not pretentious about it. We talk about the economy and recession, the zeal with which it was aggressively pursued and the result it has yielded to even make us to be acknowledged globally as people that are improving in one aspect of the economy or the other.
So we should know that this government is a proactive one that means business. When we look at Agriculture, 3 years ago you will hardly hear about made in Nigeria rice, the whole food was imported but today through the central bank and agricultural policy of this Federal Government we are doing well in rice production.
Today we can think of exporting certain food items, even our rice are finding their way out of the country unlike before, we can now say we are self-sufficient in rice production, the proactiveness of this government in certain areas is something to be commended but that does not mean we are not going through challenges, we are but the only issue there is that there are some collective measures to really help effect those challenges. Mind you, for a government that is barely 3years to be compared to a government of 16years that means they are doing something, give that government more years then you will not have basis for comparison.
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