20th October, 2021
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the November 6 Anambra gubernatorial election, Andy Uba has said he is the best candidate contesting the election.
Uba said that his antecedents among his people as a problem solver and human resources developer positioned him as the best candidate to deliver on the job if voted into office.
He said his edge over other candidates is that he understood the gravity of the challenges on the ground and the solutions they require.
The former senator also said that he knows people’s expectations as his structure across all the wards in the state has been in constant engagement with the people since the 2007 election that he won.
Uba said all these in Lagos where he addressed reporters on his candidacy.
He said it was ironic that people he once reportedly assisted one way or the other including All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, are in the race with him, but he is confident of winning.
“I know my people. I know what they want. I know what they are going through,” he said.
He promised to establish industrial parks to drive industrialisation across the state and harness all the available resources of the residents towards the development of the state.
“Industrial parks encourage rapid industrialisation through Foreign Direct Investment, expertise that we are reputed for, as well as the production of quality goods and services, he said.
“That way, more and better jobs are created; more people are gainfully employed and can spend a part of their earnings in the marketplace, which boosts the economy, creates a bigger tax base for the government, and reduces the crime rate in the state.
“My government will work with the Federal Government to construct the Onitsha-Awka-Nnewi gas pipeline, which will become a boost to manufacturing in the state, especially the industrial parks we intend to set up.”
He declared that with the level of defections to the APC and the people wanting to belong to the centre, the party was confident of winning the election.
Uba also decried worsening insecurity in Anambra State.
He said a proactive state government ought to have found a solution to the problem, as he recalled that he rose swiftly in 2007 to solve the same problem by visiting Ralph Uwazuruike of MASSOB while in detention, five times, to dialogue with him and his men.
He regretted that Governor Willie Obiano lacked the wisdom and skills of engagement and capacity to reduce youth restiveness through job creation.
Uba promised that if elected, he would conduct local government elections and pave the way for council autonomy.
He said it’s distressing that while N220 million was due to each of the 21 local government areas, the state government reportedly releases a meagre N5 million as monthly allocation to them, though they are made to sign for the N220 million.
He asserted that this is why the state is decrepit that even the governor does not stay in the government house.