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Opposition goes off kilter in Anambra as Obienyem, Obi’s Aide caught in Show of Shame

By Kenneth Nwogbo
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The Opposition Camp in Anambra State short itself in the foot today

when it hurriedly published misleading pictures of former Vice

President Atiku Abubakar’s private jet and claimed that Governor

Willie Obiano of Anambra State had chartered it for a trip to Abuja.

Shortly after Atiku’s plane touched down at the Akanu Ibiam

International Airport in Enugu today, Valentine Obienyem, the media

aide to former governor Peter Obi was spotted secretly taking pictures

of the former Vice President’s jet while his boss was receiving Atiku

and quickly forwarding them to the camp’s social media assassin,

Stanley Chira to spread with a false story claiming that Obiano had

hired the aircraft on his vicious Facebook account which he operates

with the name APGA Alaigbo.
The story and photographs of the aircraft quickly generated a furore

from people who felt that it was wrong for a governor to hire a

private jet in the midst of a recessional economy but who had no idea

that the story was totally false and plain malice intended to pitch

Ndi Anambra against their governor.
Many social media users who follow the invidious reports of APGA

Alaigbo have finally discovered the unholy alliance between the

shadowy Awka-Etiti born Stanley Chria who masquerades under that

Facebook handle and Val Obienyem who are heavily funded by former

governor Peter Obi to destabilize the government that he had a hand in

installing in Anambra State in a futile ego trip to prove to Nigerians

that Anambra is his private farm.
Atiku’s close aides reported that the former Vice President feels

scandalised by the antics of Obi and his hack writers who have

unscrupulously put his private vessel in needless limelight and

unwanted controversy. The aircraft had brought Alhaji Atiku and Okey

Ezeibe, a prominent Anambra born businessman to Enugu for an onward

journey to Awka where the ceremonies marking the 5th edition of the

annual Nnamdi Azikiwe Lecture was billed to take place.

Governor Obiano who was in the airport when Atiku and his team arrived

was later captured on camera boarding an Airk flight that was delayed

for three hours to Abuja while the private jet that Obienyem and his

gang had misinformed Ndi Anambra that he had chartered was still

parked on the tarmac.
Many people in Awka are shocked at the audacity of Obienyem’s growing

menace under the directive of Peter Obi, a Papal Knight who recently

gave a lecture that presented him as the quintessence of virtue in a

country where public officers are usually cast in the mould of enemies

of the people. Many people find it incredulous that Obi could be

working assiduously to bring down a government he installed, deploying

all his resources in the process, deploying his media handlers to tear

down his successor’s achievements with misleading stories while

projecting a lamblike image to the people.
They recall that recently the man Obi is bent on bringing down just to

prove that he alone decides what happens in Anambra State had directed

his media team not to respond to attacks from the former governor’s

camp anymore and to treat him with the highest respect. That directive

was carried in a press release that was widely circulated on the

social media as well as the print media.
Most political observers in Awka are miffed that despite the

governor’s peace overtures which includes a public apology to Mr. Obi,

the former governor has remained implacable, rolling out a huge war

chest to finance an empty ego trip of ensuring that Obiano does not

get a second term in office.
Chike Ofordile, an Awka resident expressed outrage at the corrosive

influence of Obi’s team in Anambra State. “Anambra is too big for

Peter Obi to treat like a piece of real estate. If he wants a farm, he

should go to Ayamelum like Coscharis and acquire a land where he can

be Lord of the Manor. Peter Obi cannot continue to trample down on all

of us for ever. He is not the only man who has money in Anambra State.

And if he thinks that he can force us all to abandon Obiano, he must

think again,” Ofordile blurted.
Another resident, Amaka Ifeakandu is not happy with Val Obienyem. “Val

Obienyem is the one behind all these misleading reports on Obiano. He

should be ashamed of himself now that the world has seen through his

lies. When they were in power here, Awka looked like a rustic hamlet.

Now, Obiano has turned Awka into a beautiful city and they want to run

him out of office. They are jokers! A thousand useless stories from

Val or APGA whatever cannot make us change our minds and turn against

Obiano,” she declared.
Anambra promises to be an interesting scenario as the gubernatorial

race schedule for 2017 draws nearer. Although many pundits argue that

Obiano’s achievements are enough to earn him a second term, it remains

to be seem where Peter Obi’s ego trip will lead to in the run up to

the election.