Thursday, May 19, 2022

AnambraDecides: Andy Uba Floors PDP, APGA Candidates in a Rousing Debate

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The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Saturday Governorship election in Anambra State, Sen. Andy Uba this afternoon put in a seven star performance in the Live Governorship Debate by Arise News dusting his closest challengers, Valentine Ozigbo of PDP and Charles Soludo of APGA.

Sen. Andy Uba who was exuding calmness all through the debate spoke passionately about the many thematic areas captured in his Igwebuike Manifesto. Sen. Andy Uba who was very direct in his responses spoke on critical areas such as security, infrastructure, industrialization, economy, investment, local government system and a host of other issues including well orchestrated campaign of calumny against him.

Unlike his verbose opponents, Sen. Andy Uba categorically decried the collapsed state of infrastructure in Anambra State especially in the road sector and promised to declare a *State of Emergency on infrastructure* once elected. Sen. Uba noted that without good and solid infrastructure on ground we would just be running in circles. He chided Gov. Obiano for being excessively wasteful stating that instead of spending N10 billion on a Conference Center and purchase of branded buses for Soludo, these public funds should have been channelled to fix our dilapidated roads.

On security and IPOB agitations, Sen. Andy Uba stated that the solution lies primarily in a carrot and stick approach which involves engagement. He noted that the security situation in Anambra State has taken a turn for the worse because the APGA-led government are not interested in looking for solutions. He promised to sort out the security issues from the root causes which revolves around unemployment while also pushing for deterrent kinetic security measures once elected.

On industrialization, Sen. Andy Uba announced that his government will put in place a gas infrastructure framework to supply gas for independent power to Nnewi and other industrial clusters to be created. This pipeline infrastructure which will emanate from our oil bearing region in the Omambala axis will be similar to the ongoing FG’s AKK Pipeline project.

While responding to a question from one of the Anchors of the debate, Mr. Reuben Abati on how to attract investors into the state, Sen. Andy Uba directly and succinctly stated his strategy would be to first restore security to the state as no investor will bring his money into an insecure place to invest. Afterwards, his administration will give incentives to investors such as tax rebates from state taxes and quick approval of necessary permits as captured in his Igwebuike manifesto.

Sen. Andy Uba also lambasted the APGA government of Willie Obiano for its refusal to conduct local government election for 8 years now, effectively stifling the local government system. According to Sen. Andy Uba, if the local government system was working, Anambra would have been working. He promised to conduct local government election within six months of assumption of office.

Sen. Andy Uba equally touched on his urban renewal plans to change the face of our urban centers including the State Capital, Awka which the APGA government has abandoned for 8 years and is fast becoming a glorified slum. Sen. Uba equally unveiled his plans in the education and healthcare promising to inject life into these moribund sectors which are very critical to our Human Development Index.

Replicating his campaign trajectory of focusing directly on issues, Sen. Andy Uba was very clear and unambiguous on his plans in every sector while his opponents were busy reeling out unworkable and grandiose textbook plans promising to turn Anambra State into Japan in four years!

Sen. Andy Uba understands the enormity of problems he is going to confront and has laid out very realistic and achievable plans and strategy to frontally attack them as evident in this Anambra Governorship Debate. It is therefore time for Ndi Anambra to build on this Igwebuike momentum and finish the solemn task of voting out APGA this Saturday.

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