Oseloka Obaze, PDP candidate for the November 18 Anambra governorship has described the Governor Willie Obiano government as a disaster.
He said although the primary responsibility of government is to solve problems, the current administration has continued to create new ones.
Obaze made this remark in Awka on Thursday when his convoy and other motorists were forced to take an alternative route as heavy flooding besieged Nibo Ring Road, Awka.
The situation made it difficult for road users to ply the road.
Obaze consequently called on the attention of the Anambra people to the deplorable state, urging them to vote out the incumbent regime now that they have the opportunity.
He said: ”The Nibo Ring Road in Awka flooded due to government approved market project that blocked waterways. I wonder who approved the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment), if any. Evidence government is not working.”
“This problem was created by the current Anambra State government who issued licence for a market there subsequently blocking the drainage channel. Passing this route after a downpour has been a nightmare in the past three years with consequent losses. Government must solve problems not create them.”
Meanwhile, former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has said “idiots” were behind allegation that he demanded N7billion from his successor, Governor Obiano.
Obi said he could not have demanded for such amount of money when he left N75billion in the coffers of the state.
The former governor told newsmen on Wednesday, that he was not surprised by attempts by some people to malign and spread falsehood about his government.
Obi disclosed that a friend had hinted him that some people were cooking up lies in a bid to blackmail him.
“Somebody said to me that they just came out of a meeting where it was discussed that for the upcoming election in Anambra State, that they will soon come out aggressively to blackmail me, attack my integrity, bring my person into disrepute in front of Nigerians that will make it impossible for me to campaign for the candidate of my party in this election”, Obi said.
“I asked him, how is it going to happen? He said they have what it takes to bring persons to come to TV, newspapers and things like that. I said well, that’s fine. When they start, we will see.
“Not long after that, about a week later, I started hearing on radio, a local radio around me in Anambra State, people being put on radio owned by the state government and other people, calling me names and everything. Then suddenly, there was even news that I mentioned that I will fight the election with the last pint of my blood. And that I demanded money from the governor.
“The question to ask is I joined PDP in October 2014 and it is three years from now. So, at what point did I start demanding this money, because they are saying that that is the reason I’m now in PDP. Are they saying that if this money was paid to me, that I won’t campaign for PDP or what?
“It is on record in this country, it is documented and I can prove it with every clear documented evidence that when I left office, I left over N25 billion in local investment for Anambra State. I left over N25 billion in cash at the banks, and I left $156 million in the bank in Nigeria.
“Do you think anybody can leave such money and then go to tell the person he is handing over to give him N7 billion, when I left over N75 billion? I would have taken it first and then give them the balance and I will still be in good shape.
“Let me use the dollar as example. Nobody has ever left one dollar in any state in Nigeria. I left $156 million. $30 million alone is over N7 billion. If I had taken $36 million and left $120million, I would have still been a champion. So, why will I leave the money and go and beg the person to start giving me peanut? I will take it.
“It is madness for anybody to do it. Not even in a family business. I cannot leave money and then start chasing my brother to give me, not to talk of handing over to somebody who is not my brother, who can change tomorrow.
“I have never, I’m a Christian, I’m not supposed to swear, but I can put my hand on the Bible and say I’ve never discussed with anybody to be paid any amount. Let Obiano himself come and let’s go before any church or anything and swear. I have never done that and I will never do it.”