Political Aides are Like Brigade of Guards – Obi Okoye

….As APGA Reconciliation Committee Meets With Political Appointees

By Abuchi Onwumelu

The Special Adviser to the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano on Political Matters and the secretary of the APGA’s Reconciliation Committee, Chief Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, has described political appointees as the brigade of guards of any government, noting that the appointees are there to defend and uphold the policies and programmes of their principal at all times.

Chief Obi-Okoye who stated this in Awka during a meeting of APGA’s Reconciliation Committee and political appointees held at Governor Willie Obiano’s Campaign Office, said that the appointees owed it a duty to defend and uphold the principles and ideals of the governor, even as he enjoined them to see their appointments as a privilege.

The astute politician, who said he had been into politics since 1983, reminded the appointees that if anything should happen to the APGA led government, they would be adversely affected, even as he emphasized that they (appointees) were the fulcrum through which the administration derived its strength.

Obi-Okoye, a lawyer, charged the appointees to ensure that Governor Willie Obiano’s government was not in any way ridiculed by any person or group of persons, especially on the social media, noting that the job of protecting the governor and party’s image should not be left for the media team alone.

The Special Adviser urged the appointees to be alive to their responsibilities and not to deviate from the core essence of why they were engaged in the first instance, saying that if appointments were to be taken to the wards or to be determined by the level of importance of the appointees, 50% of them would not be appointed.

‘I want you to understand that you are privileged to be here as an appointee of this government. It is not because you know a lot of people or that you are beautiful, no. There are more beautiful ones in your wards and local governments. You need to show some level of gratitude by defending the governor and the party.

‘I can tell you that if they are to take it to the wards, most of you here will not be in this hall today. You see why you should count yourself lucky? You are supposed, without prompting, to defend your governor and the party.

‘You cannot fight the governor for whatever reason. You can only advise; party can fight the governor, not you. You owe the governor 100% loyalty. Let us all go out there and fight for our party. We are going into election and we need all hands on desk. We need to support all APGA candidates,’ he said.

Chief Obi-Okoye stressed the need for the party to clear all the state house of assembly seats and also deliver APGA’s House of Representatives and senatorial candidates, noting that allowing the opposition to take over the House would spell doom for the ruling party in the state.

Earlier in a remark, the chairman of the reconciliation committee and Board of Trustees member of APGA, Dr. (Mrs.) Uju Okeke, appealed to the appointees to rally round the governor and the party, describing the party as Igbos’ identity.

The former Commissioner for Education, Anambra State, enjoined the appointees to move down to their various wards and campaign vigorously for all APGA candidates, noting that APGA could not afford to lose the forthcoming elections. She added that the appointees had a greater role to play in the reconciliation process.

Also speaking, the chief of staff to the governor, Hon. Primus Odili, expressed delight with the shape the meeting had taken, noting that the meeting would yield a positive result at the end of the day, even as he appealed to the aggrieved members of the party to sheathe their swords.

He urged the appointees to shun gossip, pride, lip service, sycophancy and double standard, saying that the aforementioned vices, if unchecked, could cast serious doubts on the continued existence of the party.

The State Executive Council members; MDs; CEOs; SSAs, SAs and EAs attended the meeting.

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