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Anambra guber: Let merit take its course

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Sir: On November 6, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, having nearly exhausted the two terms pursuant to Section 182(1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution, Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, will be getting set to transfer the baton. Arguably, his administration sustained the momentum. It could be argued that Anambra has the most proficient administrations from the era of Chris Ngige who pigheadedly pulled down ‘‘godfatherism’’ after things fell apart between him and his PDP-godfathers branded as ‘‘OBJ Boys.’’ It was a tough ‘‘do-or-die’’ battle between Ngige and then President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for control of state power.

No doubt, by 1999 CFRN, all the candidates for the Anambra poll are prima facie qualified having attained the mandatory age of 35 years as stipulated, however, looking at the interest of the state, majority may not satisfactorily fly the cart. To sustain the enviable progresses recorded over the years should be utmost priority of Ndi-Anambra. Of course, the candidates’ profiles indicate they have individually recorded significant accomplishments in their respective vocation. This is commendable. Almost everyone one of them can lead organisations however on different heights.

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Most states, particularly in the South-East are looking up to Anambra as pacesetter on account of good leadership it has consecutively maintained. In other words, Ndi-Anambra must resist egocentrism and extreme political intrigues at this time. Ndi-Anambra should endorse a candidate with proven managerial capability – managed capital and human resources credibly with economic growth and contemporary innovations. Nothing beats administrative experience. Short-and long-term economic development cannot be gathered by embryonic struggles.

Looking at the aspirants, one undeniable fact is that each of them has excelled one way or the other. But taking a look at the standard the state has sustained vis-à-vis economic growth through preceding administrations up to the present, it suggests that though all the contenders could score high in their respective endeavours, majority may not be sufficiently stout as to step into the big shoes to steer the affairs of the state from the point the incumbent will vacate. To call a spade a spade, Anambra Government-House is a big shoe yearning for a strong leg in terms of managerial skills, otherwise, it will drop in value and worth. The space cannot be properly occupied with mere private business acumen or philanthropic activities but proficiency in corporate governance and economic spheres.

On the international scene, former U.S. President, Donald Trump’s political career at the White House for four years should be an eye-opener. Nemo dat quod non habet rules states, “no one gives what they do not have.” Trump managed his chains of businesses ‘‘successfully’’ as a magnate who hires and fires at will. But, that’s not same with public sector. Arguably, Trump failed woefully in managing public office. The level of development in Anambra doesn’t encourage ‘‘trial-and-errors’’ or a novice to wear the shoes. Anambra mustn’t retrogress as other South-East states.

• Carl Umegboro is a public affairs analyst and social crusader.

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