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Igbo: Time to move on from 2019 election issues



WITH only results from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State remaining to be collated before Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) draws curtain on the state governorship election of March 23, it is high time Nigeria moved on to the business of governance and cast 2019 elections behind.
INSTRUCTIVELY, some candidates who lost in some of the elections have already congratulated their opponents who won over them in their contests while others yet to do so are taking their grievances to election petition tribunals. It is therefore time to set the country back on a lane of rapid economic growth and development to make life better for all citizens.
No state in Nigeria is more apposite for this clarion call than Anambra.
BUT the way some politicians are still carrying on suggests that they are either living in a world of fantasy, believing that the 2019 political ‘game’ is yet to end or are stone-deaf to  their own voices of reason.  Recent incendiary tunes of fake news, hate speech and wild speculations still rife in public domain bolster this fear.
AN INSTANCE of this waltz in delirium is ‘news’ trending on social media last Wednesday that Gov. Willie Obiano has jumped ship from All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and defected to All Progressives Congress (APC).
ACCORDING to sponsors of the lies, Gov. Obiano declared for APC at a brief ceremony in Aso Villa, Abuja, where he was welcomed to the ruling party by President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole – with a coterie of APC hierarchy in attendance.
SHOULD ours be same as other political climes, silence would have been a golden response to this sort of hoax and extreme bellyaching. But given how articles trade hotter and faster in Nigeria’s rumour marketplace than on the floor of the country’s stock exchange, it would be naïve to ignore this piece of mischief deliberately designed by detractors to destablise Anambra State by those who stand to gain from tumbling things in the land.
THAT’S why the state government’s swift rebuttal of the malicious rumour is timely.
ACCORDING to Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, Gov. Obiano has no plans to defect to APC or any other political party.
SPEAKING on Thursday in Awka, Adinuba dismissed the speculation of defection as what it is, baseless falsehood.
“THE Anambra State Government wishes to state for the umpteenth time that the reports which have been trending on the social media are completely false. Far from contemplating to, or defecting to any party, Governor Obiano remains both the National Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees,” Adinuba stated.
BUT even for the sake of argument: what could anyone rationally point out as any allure that APC holds for Gov. Obiano, which eludes him at APGA? Not with the resounding victory recorded by APGA at the last legislative polls to maintain its majority hold on Anambra House of Assembly (ANHA) which clearly endorses ndi Anambra’s loyalty to their people-friendly governor. Not on the remarkable inroads into other parts of Nigeria where APGA candidates were elected into both federal and state legislatures in high numbers.
IT SHOWS crass myopia on the side of these busybodies who would rather prefer that the tension stoked on the polity during the last general elections is not thawed, to approximate Obiano’s policy of constructive engagement in national politics as opposed to confrontation with sell out or betrayal of the Igbo Cause which APGA has come to symbolise.
ALREADY being understudied in political economy as ‘Obianomics’, the governor is fine tuning a new paradigm in inter-party relations and the enviable success he is making through his association with people, groups and institutions in this direction is making some people uncomfortable. This political direction means that irrespective of differences in social and cultural perspectives with those who belong to parties other than his own APGA, whether at the local or national level, he explores the equally vital necessity of going about these differences with open mind and comradeship with all eyes on the general good of his people.
THIS is what should be the battle cry in the present political firmament of Nigeria. After all, as a game of number – when reduced to its bare bone – politics is about building bridges along demographic fault lines. Who knows if this is what will take Igbo her political and economic destination in contemporary Nigeria?

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