WRITTEN BY EGBUNA AMUTA
As the Anambra electorate brace for the November 18, 2017 gubernatorial election in the state, they are being inundated by politicians with the idea of whether they
should vote for the party in control of the federal government or not.
This discourse is against the background of the fact that Anambra has been governed consistently by the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, a party not in charge of Nigeria's central government, from 2006 till date.
As a matter of fact, members and supporters of the ruling party today are holding tight to the argument that Ndi Anambra need to connect directly with the federal government in order to fully maximize the benefits inherent in the federal system of government.
On the contrary, the All Progressives Grand Alliance is contending that Anambra had fared better in her socio-economic and political life since it took over the reins of power on March 17, 2006.
The APGA point of view is shared by a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
The erudite professor of Economics had in his Third Anniversary lecture of the Obiano administration, last year, stated emphatically that there is no special benefit whatsoever for states that belong to the same political party with the central government in federalism.
Soludo's assertion is tenable, given the fact that as a former Presidential Adviser on Economic Matters and CBN Governor, he is in a vantage position to know and appreciate the realities of the country's political-economy.
Besides, recent experiences in Anambra state have shown that the people of the state have fared better under APGA than when they were ruled by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a federal government controlled party which ruled the state from May 29, 1999 to March 15, 2006.
It is also on record that the people of the Southeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria lived better and happier life under the defunct National Council of Nigerian Citizens, NCNC and the Nigeria Peoples Party, NPP in the First and Second Republics respectively. Like today's APGA, Ndi Anambra, nay Ndigbo regarded NCNC and NPP as their own.
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Moreover, it is a truism that since APGA took over the reins of power in Anambra, the citizenry have been enjoying peace and stability and more democracy dividends than under the PDP administrations which were in charge between May 29, 1999 and March 15, 2006.
Indeed, the two PDP governments in the state were shameful and disastrous. Under them, extra judicial murders were perpetrated with impunity between 1999 and 2002, a sitting Governor, who admitted that he swore oath of allegiance in a voodoo shrines to his election rigging co-conspirators was abducted on July 10, 2003, and in November 2004, public property worth billions of naira were destroyed during a mayhem.
This is how a former Governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi condemned those acts of brigandage under PDP governments.
Sadly, many of the suspects and persons who shared vicarious responsibility for the shameful acts of impunity have, without scruples, defected to the present ruling party in the country.
Happily, their antecedence is still known by the Anambra electorate. These cross carpeting men and women can only run but they cannot hide.
Without doubt, Ndi Anambra will prefer continued governance of APGA than to return to the days of the locust and condition of anomie, which almost ruined their state between May 29, 1999 and 2006.
Forward ever, backward never.