By Jude Atupulazi
In order to effectively address the real needs of Anambra State, the next governor should be one who understands business and who is a business man, says Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial Zone.
Ubah stated this last Thursday in Ogboji, Orumba South LGA of Anambra State during a private visit to a Ghana based business man, Chief Celestine Okeke.
Ubah said that it was only a business man who, as governor, could harness the potentials of Anambra people who, he said, were mainly business people. He noted that previous governors failed to address this need because they did not have a business background.
‘Anambra is waiting for a business man as governor and that business man is Ifeanyi Ubah,’ Ubah stated, pointing at his contributions in the senate in favour of Igbo business people as proof that he not only cared for them, but understood their difficulties.
He disclosed that very soon, he would be taking 260 business men to China to gather experiences they would bring back to the state and enrich it in diverse ways.
He recalled that he had earlier taken people to places like Brazil, Russia, Egypt and Dubai, noting that he believed in empowering people and exposing them to ways of enriching themselves, even as he hinted that more of such were in the pipeline.
He urged the electorate to ask questions of anyone coming out to contest for the governorship position regarding what they had invested in the state. He said if anyone of them was found to have invested more than he had in the state, he would not contest the election.
‘If anyone has invested 30% of what I have in this state, I will not contest the election,’ he said, noting that the state was made up of largely business men.
He thanked his host, Chief Okeke, whom he described as a vibrant young man with a bright future, and urged him to key into his Afa Igbo Efuna Project to ensure that the Igbo retained their identity.
Earlier while welcoming Ubah and his entourage, the Orumba South LGA coordinator of Afa Igbo Efuna, Mr Oliver Onuzulike Okafor, extolled Ubah’s vision and contributions in the senate for the betterment of Ndigbo, noting that the high number of people who turned out to welcome him at short notice proved that he was valued.
He noted that Ubah had become a strong voice for Ndigbo in the senate with his fundamental contributions, remarking that Ubah had banished the era of sleeping senators.
Restating the resolve of Ogboji people to support him, Mr Okafor disclosed that a joint task force would soon be formed to mobilize people for Ubah, even as he assured that the host, Chief Okeke, would lead in the mobilization effort.
In his speech, the host, Okeke, expressed happiness at the visit of Ubah to his home and pledged his support for the Afa Igbo Efuna Project.
He commended Ubah for his contributions to the Igbo cause and prayed that his ambition of serving the state would be realized.
As his support to the Afa Igbo Efuna Project, Okeke pledged to donate a Sienna Bus to the group before January next year, even as he expressed interest in also propagating the Igbo cause in Nigeria just as he did in Ghana.
Speaker after speaker, including the PG of Nnewi, extolled Ubah’s qualities.