When Governor Peter Obi gave me his CV, and indicated his interest for the governorship race in Anambra, from that moment, I knew he will get there and he will also perform.
At the time, some friends and I were running a political party in Anambra state, he would always come around and donate about a N100, 000.00 worth of refreshment such coke, fanta, pure water etc, with his black Peugeot 504 salon car without a driver.
One day he cornered me when he attended one of our meetings and asked my advise regarding the political party he should join. Our party then the UNPP which was actually fronting for Ibrahim Babangida. I advised him to join APGA because APGA was more or less an Igbo party because of the Late Chief Ikemba Nnewi Odimegwu Ojukwu's involvement. I reminded him that Jim Nwobodo was voted into office by Igbos because of the Late Chief Nmamdi Azikiwe's involvement in NPP.
Peter Obi was a very rich business man then, he was in the same line of business with me. We were in the same business category. Our category then had fleet of cars with drivers but Peter Obi had only one black Peugeot 504 car.
I admired his way of presentations at public functions, his smart and intelligent speeches were attracted the attention of quite a number of people. That was why I presumed that this kind of man will deliver, coupled with his way of life as a chronic miser.
His political turbulence initially was as a result of people's grievances because he closed his door on people. As a governor you don't close your door on people like that, you must help people so that people can pray for you. He eventually opened his door.
Coming to my point that Peter Obi is working, I was going to Ifite Ogwari in Anambra state recently, moving up to almost the boundary between Anambra and Enugu State in the northern side of Anambra. All the roads there are cleanly tarred, I asked which Governor did this overwhelming development, I was told it was Peter Obi.
Anytime I am in Anambra I don't enter Onitsha, but recently I was compelled to enter Onitsha to see a sick friend. I could not recognise some areas as a result of the development. Again,when I inquired , the answer was Peter Obi. This is why I find it a bit disturbing that some individuals accuse Obi of poor performance.
How can El Rufai who is not even from Anambra state and whom no one knows when he visited Anambra state last and moved around the state to determine Peter's performance.
Before I embarked on this write up, I have done a thorough investigation and I have observed that Peter Obi has done a lot in Anambra State, he has covered all sectors of development viz: education, roads, water, health etc. even to the extent of settling contractor's debts incurred by Mbadinuju's administration.
My concern is that I am an Igbo man from Anambra State. We must search for a credible Igbo man whom we can position when it is time for Igbo presidency. For sure President Jonathan is constitutionally entitled to a second term if he performs well which I believe he will. After him, it should be the turn of the South East.
Since after the first republic, the north has ruled for over 25 years, South West 11 years, South South now 8 years so in 2019 it will definitely be the turn of South East. I don't personally believe in zoning but rotation.
This is the period we should begin to shop for a credible Igbo man that wilt represent us in Aso Rock in 2019 and we should examine the performance of the present and ex- governors from the South East.
There is no gain-saying the Obi's achievement in Anambra is overwhelming; a very busy governor who has acquired so many awards, a governor who visits schools on monthly basis, the presence of a governor in any school boosts the morale of the children and their teachers.
He bought 500 vehicles from a local manufacturer in Anambra; some governors will import and steal money in the process. Peter has built over 200 health centres in Anambra. The media is awashed with the various businness of governance Obi is involed and engaged in.
Since the inception of democracy, Akwa-Etiti my town has not benefited from any state government's key position despite all contributions from Akwa-Etiti. Today. Obi has appointed one of the noble sons of Akwa-Etiti as one of state's commissioners.
Mr. IKECHUKWU IGBOANUGO, a social critic, wrote from Anambra State.