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Anambra 2021: Re-evaluating Engr Azubogu’s Antecedents

By Chukwudimma Aaron-Okonkwo

The current developmental state of dear Anambra should be likened to a very brilliant and flamboyant child who became an orphan and then handed over to a new parent. All of a sudden, the new parent began to deprive the child parental care due to his sedentary lifestyle and lack of parental knowledge. As a result, the child’s life became wrecked by bad influence that needs only a professional touch of a therapist to bounce back to its healthy state.

This means, in consequence, that Anambra State has been so wrecked that she needs the experience of a proven politician to get shaped into a healthy state.

The November 16th governorship election in the state, therefore, is presenting for us an opportunity to choose between a mere politician and a proven politician. Also, the June 26th primary election presents for us a golden opportunity to choose between personal governance and public governance. The primary election is a golden opportunity because the personalities that emerged determine the extent to which parties, especially my dear party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP will win the main election.

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It is therefore imperative, in view of how golden the opportunity of the primary election offers us, that we re-evaluate the antecedents of the man called Mr Project, Engr Chris Emeka Azubogu; one of the PDP aspirants running in the governorship race, in order to make the good choice of who becomes the party’s flag bearer.

The legislator representing the people of Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency for a consecutive third term warmed his journey into politics when his firm, Exmark Technologies Limited got engaged by the Rivers State government under Gov. Peter Odili’s watch to set up the National Examinations Automated Marking Centre for South-South region in Port Harcourt; a project the firm executed satisfactorily.

Next, the Anambra State government under Gov. Peter Obi’s watch consulted Engr Azubogu’s firm for payment of local government staff, pensions, and primary and post primary school teachers. The ever passionate and people oriented Hon. Azubogu successfully conducted biometric verification of civil servants and schools; put in place an automated payment system after weeding out ghost workers/schools [existing on government records in Awka but physically nonexistent] from government payment system. Thus, it is to his credit that Anambra State government eliminated a cankerworm that had hitherto made it impossible for government to pay salaries, pensions and gratuities promptly.

In furtherance, the attention of Enugu State Government under Gov. Sullivan Chime’s watch got attracted by the excellent work Engr Azubogu did in Rivers and Anambra States and they engaged his services, mandating him to replicate the feat in the Coal City of Enugu and he delivered satisfactorily.

Mr Project worked for Gov. Peter Obi’s and Gov. Chime’s governments from 2007 to 2011 and 2009 to 2011 respectively.

Therefore this facts show that the ever workaholic legislator who conducts an annual world class medical intervention programme consistently since 2017 where over 1,500 free surgeries have been done in the past four editions, did not enter the muddy waters of politics by accident.

Moreso, the fact that the last edition of his world class medical intervention held in December, 2020 delivered medical service to over 17,000 patients in two weeks is a proof that his passion for entering into politics is about emancipating the people from the shackles of poverty, unemployment and wrecked economy.

Is Engr Azubogu a mere politician or a proven politician? Let’s watch the next series.

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