It is very ridiculous and very unfortunate the level the supporters of Mr. Peter Obi has taken his ambition of becoming Nigeria President to, from cyber bullying, to personality attack, unbridled religion bigotry to crude ethnic sentiments, which makes one to wonder whether it’s Igbo or Christian President alone that Mr. Obi is aspiring to be.
This is a man who has penchant for telling bare-faced lies and will stop at nothing to portray himself as a Saint, I recall during the Vice Presidential Debate in 2019,how he was reelying out data and figures which when fact-checked turned out to be outright lies.
Just like he claimed at a public lecture in Lagos that he wore one wrist watch for 13 years only for media to publish photographs of him wearing several watches in one year.
His claim of leaving office without any debt also turned out be another falsehood, as a check of Debt Management Office Website as at December 31st 2013 revealed that Anambra under him was owing 3 Billion Naira domestic debt and external debt of $30.3 Million. A total debt of 7.5 Billion in Naira, although his successor Mr. Obiano claimed he inherited 127 Billion Naira.
He’s claim of providing efficient and improved electricity supply during his tenure only exist on pages of newspapers, as a neo-liberal advocate, he played a major role in the failed privatization of power sector, as an active member of the National Economic Council Committee on Power Sector Reform.
Mr Obi, just like any other bourgeois and opportunist political office holder used public position to enhanced his personal business interest and that of his close associates at the expense of the masses. For example how does buying 1000 vehicles at once at a whopping amount of 4 Billion Naira, become an achievement in a state like Anambra that is in dare need of basic infrastructure, only for the vehicles to be distributed to his cronies.
In his bid to run away from proper funding of education, he returned 1040 public schools to their previous owners without building any public school throughout his eight years tenure only to dash these proprietors whopping 4 Billion Naira of public funds and continue to fund them throughout his tenure without building one public school or hospital, he practically privatized most of the existing public schools.
When I see some youth jumping up and down for Obi I just pity them, may be because they have a very short memory and are not students of history, this was the man as governor of Anambra that vehemently resisted paying 18,000 minimum wage only for him to increase the School fees of the State University from 36,000 to between 86,000 to 120,000. His refusal to implement minimum wage then led to shutdown of public hospitals for 13 months in 2011,his response to demand of workers then was threat of no work no pay, eventually when he was forced to pay after strike action, he vindictively sacked a number of workers.
Most of his so-called achievements are nothing but miss-placed priorities, throwing money at projects without proper conceptualization and impact analysis, most of which turned out to be projection of personal vested interest at the expense of the masses, no wonder they ended up not being sustainable.
In a classical case of abuse of office and using public position to advance personal interests, he invested $30 Billion of Anambra fund in Brewery owned by his family.
He invested #300 million in TRACAS through ANIDS only to declare it a private venture and handed it to a private company, when he was about leaving office. The company never paid a dim to Anambra state coffers.
Lagos State Police Command under Marvel Akpoyibo arrested on Sunday, June 1st 2009 an Anambra State Government vehicle with #250 million raw cash at Aerodrome Street Apapa, the corporate headquarters of Mr. Obi’s company
Major source of Anambra IGR are from the markets and motor parks, Mr. Obi handed over all markets and motor parks in Anambra to his uncle, and throughout his tenure the highest the state was able to generate monthly was #400 million, only for Obiano to raise it to #1.4 billion monthly within a year of assuming office.
Politically, Obi does not have anything in common with the downtrodden and masses of this country, he is just one of those wicked opportunists, hungry for political power, he betrayed APGA that gave him the platform and ticket to be Governor of Anambra State, jumping to PDP in his search for power at all costs, when it became clear to him that he has no chance of picking PDP’s ticket he ran to labour party, a rolling stone, with no ideology nor principle, propelled only by inordinate ambition.
Nigeria of today is too big and delicate for a school boy like Obi who needs to go to Egypt to learn how to run efficient power system, imagine how many short courses and overseas trips he will need to make for transportation, housing, environment, health, education, aviation etc. Nigeria cannot afford any dangerous experimentation now, let us be properly guided.