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Obiano is too busy Building APGA to be Distracted

By Ifeanyi Aniagoh
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Our attention has been drawn to a publication in Thisday of April 4, 2015 with the caption: “Obiano not Welcome in APC, Vows Ogene,” which is credited to one Hon Afam Ogene, the outgoing member representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

Ordinarily, we do not respond to speculations, hawked around by attention-seekers looking for a needless spat with public figures to shore up their non-existent political capital. However, Hon. Ogene's laughable frothing in the mouth came at a time when the nation's appetite for sensational stories about political leaders is at the keenest level and therefore deserves to be dismissed with a wave of the hand before gullible members of the public begin to give him the attention he so desperately needs at this moment.

The question is why would any serious person manufacture an incredulous story in order to enable him issue a statement and cast aspersions on the governor of Anambra State? The answer is simple, after falling out of favour with his constituents and failing to get a renewed mandate from the people, Hon. Afam Ogene is clutching at straws to save his drowning political career. It may be necessary to recall that Hon. Ogene's career was built on quick sand in the first place; starting off as one of the whimsical acts of political patronage of the era that produced him. The erstwhile member of the House of Reps has since discovered that sterling political careers do not stand on legs of straws after he failed to make any impression on the members of his constituents with his pointedly abysmal performance in the legislative chambers.

Sadly, Ogene has continued to betray the poor political judgment that cost him his congressional seat with his recent hoary attack on Governor Obiano which he launched in the belief that such infantile gambit would shore up his political value before the APC leadership that is currently looking to heal the wounds of the recent presidential elections and build a united country. If Ogene thought that by demonizing Governor Obiano, he would win the approval of his party leaders, he has simply shown himself as a political cretin; incapable of seeing beyond his nose.

Afam Ogene's handlers must advise him to retreat from the ignoble path he has chosen for himself. It is not only unprofitable to seek to build a career from hawking pale-faced propaganda but almost suicidal to court unearned attention by attacking the people's favourite symbols of excellence.

While politics is known to be a game of possibilities, it may be worthwhile to remind Ogene that Governor Obiano is fully aware that as the Chairman BoT and National Leader of APGA, he carries the socio-cultural mandate of a people who look up to him to preserve and not betray it. It was in full awareness of the unction he carries on behalf of the people of the South East zone that Governor Obiano congratulated the President Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory, assuring him of the support of Ndi Anambra and Ndigbo in his impending effort to build a new Nigeria.

It may also be necessary to remind Ogene and his likes that Governor Obiano's antecedents as a technocrat and a man that keeps his words are well known. His exploits as a high-performing governor who has justified the confidence of his people with a resounding report card after just one year in office is also well known. Consequently, any attempt to diminish Governor Obiano with inchoate stratagems and yellow journalism of the type that Victor Ogene is orchestrating in the media will end in futility.

Candidly, somebody should please tell Hon. Afam Ogene that Governor Willie Obiano, the Akpokuodike Aguleri is too busy building Anambra and APGA to be distracted by political upstarts and cheap publicity stunt-masters.

James Eze
SSA Media to the Governor