By Pamela Eboh, Awka on 14/07/2017
A governance expert and PDP aspirant for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has described the recent call by governorship aspirants from the South Senatorial zone that they deserve to serve out their remaining four year tenure before the North zone, adding that though the argument is understandable, it is self serving.
He argued that the zone should have fought to complete their tenure after former Governor Chinwoke Mmbadinuju left office rather than raising it now that the north is holding the mantle of leadership.
Obaze, who made the statement at a press briefing in Awka, said: “Whereas there is no statute of limitations for a Governor to complete his second term, bringing it up now, is aimed at negating the zoning understanding now in place.”
The retired United Nations diplomat, however, dismissed rumours making the round that he is not in for the contest but hired to play a spoilers game against the incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano who incidentally is also from the north.
He added: “Anybody who knows me or has dealt with me knows that I’m not whimsical. I’m not for sale or a hired hand. I engage in events, projects and activities, only if I can add value.
“To suggest that I’m not out to contest is laughable. It is the views of those who argue that there is no vacancy, and that the incumbent should be allowed to complete a second tenure regardless of the level of performance. Such views are self serving.
“Perceptibly, Anambra may seem to be working, but Anambra State is presently overleveraged. We can’t afford to mortgage its future. Sentiments aside, Anambra State need a leadership change.”
Source News Express:
Posted 14/07/2017 12:13:14 PM
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.