Anambra Election: Senator Abaribe Finally Opens Up, Tells Residents What To Do

Anambra Election: Senator Abaribe Finally Opens Up, Tells Residents What To Do

  • Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has said that it is important for registered votes in Anambra to come out and exercise their franchise on Saturday, November 6
  • Abaribe said when people do not vote, they give those who voted the opportunity to elect their own candidates of choice
  • The senator also said that the growing number of bad roads in the southeast region can only be attributed to politics

As preparation for the Anambra governorship election hits its peak, one of Nigeria's most vocal lawmakers has called on the people of Anambra to go out en masse and carry out their civic responsibilities.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who represents Abia South senatorial district in the National Assembly appealed to all registered voters in Anambra to ensure their exercise their franchise.

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Senator Abaribe
Senator Abaribe has called on the people of Anambra to go out tomorrow and vote. Photo: Senator Enyi Abaribe
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Punch reports that while receiving an honourary award from the Nigerian Society of Engineers at a ceremony on Thursday, November 4, Abaribe warned that when people fail to participate in elections, they give those who voted the opportunity to elect their choice leaders.

Also blaming the state of roads connecting Abia with neighbouring states, Abaribe said there was nothing wrong with the region's structural designs but bad governance and politics have been the greatest challenge for development in the area.

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Explaining further, the lawmaker said that from the administration of late Musa Yar'Adua to Olusegun Obasanjo's, the Aba - Ikot Ekpene federal road has been subject to politics and the federal government appears unbothered about it.

Abaribe said:

“My own thinking is, it is deliberate. Aba - Ikot -Ekpene road is only 24 miles. In 2007, it was still motorable. I insisted we do it and in 2008, it was put in the budget at the cost of N6 billion."

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“It was contained in the budget, but no money was released."

He also noted that he had in the past had discussions with former Abia state governor Theophilus Orji and Senator Godwill Akpabio, for the reconstruction of the road and send the bill to the federal government.

He said:

“Akpabio only did the Akwa Ibom end and collected the refund from the federal government. It is the same thing with Umuahia - Ikot Ekpene federal road, Enugu - Onitsha federal road and others.”

He further queried the identities of those within the ministry of finance who have constantly refused to release funds for the construction of these roads.

He added:

"We have continued to suffer. It is a real problem. We have to play the politics of faith and make sure we are there.”

Meanwhile, previously reported that the streets of Anambra state remained empty ahead of the November 6, governorship election in the state.

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Social and economic activities in the state appear to be on ground zero following a stit-at-home order given by the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). reporters on the ground notes that several busy areas in the state capital like Unizik Junction, Ifite, Okpuno Agu Awka have remained empty as residents stayed indoors.

Also, Late Chukwuemela Odumegwu Ojukwu's wife, Bianca has said that the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) is being run like a secret cult.

Bianca also said that the incumbent governor of the state, Willie Obiano, has put the party in ruins through his leadership style.

According to Bianca, APGA would still emerge victorious in the forthcoming election because the party has fielded a strong candidate in the person of Charles Soludo.


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