By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja
A governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the Anambra State election, Sir Azuka Okwuosa, has posited that the state cannot afford to have a political neophyte as its next governor, stressing that it will affect the state’s development strides.
He noted that as a commercially viable and socially gregarious state, the next Anambra governor should be a person that strikes a balance between business acumen and political experience.
Okwuosa, a former chairman of APC reconciliation committee in the state also urged voters to learn from the track records of outgoing United States (US) President, Donald Trump, to elect a balanced person as governor.
Anambra State will go to the polls later in the year to elect a governor that would succeed Chief Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Okwuosa, who was a former Commissioner of Works and Transport, said “anyone aspiring to be the next governor of Anambra State must have a combination of ability to create wealth and political skills.”
He pointed out that the billionaire US President, Donald Trump, has shown that political leadership requires all those attributes in addition to all-encompassing experience.
He lamented that in the political leadership of Anambra State in the past 21 years, “we hardly see people with a mixture of both. And that is the problem we have. Any leadership that will take over Anambra State without experience will never succeed.”
His words: “If you look at previous experiences, since the creation of the state, those who lacked political experience failed. I believe before you can be a governor, you must have been privileged to pass through the local government, you must taste executive at the local level, which will propel you by the time you find yourself at the state level to be able to function well.
“You must also be an accomplished person. Take myself as an example; I am an accomplished businessman, I have business interest in oil and gas as well as communications. I am also into construction. You must have a sustainable source of livelihood and also have had the opportunity of going through political tutelage, of which I was privileged because of my association with Dim Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
“And as the great Ikemba would say, there is no school you would attend, and assume you are a politician. I was not cut out to be a politician, but by association, I was able to imbibe those qualities and sustainable values. As for me, if you have the business capacity, but lack political experience, you will be a failure.”
Okwuosa said Anambra has gone beyond electing a governor that would begin to learn the ropes in office, stressing, “Look at the people they imported, after four years they couldn’t make any mark, because of lack of experience. They are learning the ropes while on the job. We have instances in the state, where people without political experience were brought in and they started learning on the job.”
He remarked that the most evident lapse of a pupil governor is that “at the end of the day, they will not have a credible successor, who will take over from them, because you don’t offer what you don’t have.”
Alluding to the tenure of Dr. Chris Ngige, Okwuosa recalled a situation where people mounted the saddle in the midst of crisis and were able to excel, “because of their experience.”
“So, it must be a combination of both factors. Having gone though the local government and state house, being in party politics, building up a political formation and being involved in presidential campaign of a notable personality like Ojukwu. I wear the shoe and know where it pinches.
“All these would enable somebody like myself to excel once I get there and I am going there to solve the problems, because I already know what the problem is and not to start learning the ropes,” he said.
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