The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Anambra State, George Moghalu, has stated that the boycott of anambra election by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), does not make sense.
Moghalu made the statement in parts of interview with tribune while view on the Biafra agitation and his ambition for contesting in the upcoming Anambra governorship election.
Ahead of this election, a separatist group in the South-East, IPOB, has vowed to disrupt the election. As an aspirant, aren’t you worried?
The issue of not wanting Biafra and not wanting election, I think it has been sufficiently addressed by various Igbo organisations. Ohanaeze has come out to make its position clear. What message are we sending when we say we don’t want to have election in Anambra? One state in our zone? It doesn’t make sense.
I believe that there will be election and I believe that the Ohanaeze and other Igbo leaders have come out to say that the elections will hold in the South-East. I am sure that the Federal Government has the capacity to provide enough security for people in Anambra.
WHAT are those things you feel aren’t being done normally in Anambra State that you want to correct when you become the governor, considering the fact that the incumbent governor can still seek a fresh mandate?
I try to use an analogy to explain the situation in Anambra State. When you come into a dark room, if you come in with a candle, there is light and there is illumination. If you bring in a bulb, there is an improvement on the candle. If you bring in floodlight, you have greater illumination. It looks like the day.
So, that’s exactly the situation in Anambra. What some people see is a candle-lit situation because I believe that the potentialities of the state to be number one in this country is there. But first we need to create an enabling environment for the private sector to grow. We need to build on our potential to expand the place. We need to change the narrative.
For me, there is quite a lot to be done in Anambra, in terms of governance, infrastructural development, expanding our agricultural base to address unemployment.
This is why I have taken time to build up a manifesto which I am going to sell to the people. I have said we must de-emphasise oil if we really want to drive this economy and that’s because with our emphasis on certificates, today people buy the certificates which they cannot defend.
We must target a situation where we train people so that they can be self-reliant and have the capacity to employ people in a very short time.
We have a lot to do in our state. Our infrastructure is totally decayed. Never mind what you see on television. There is quite a lot to be done.
What is your take on Igbo presidency?
On the issue of Igbo presidency, why not? By the time the presidency leaves the North after eight years, what will happen is that honestly speaking every zone in this country has produced the president except the South-East and I think that we the leaders of South-East should go back to the drawing table to plot, to think, to work out how it is going to manifest, because we are looking at the president of Nigeria of Igbo extraction.
For us to achieve that, we must talk to the northerners, we need to talk to the South-West, we need to talk to every Nigerian to see it from our perspective. If we should be talking about that, I don’t think it makes sense for us to be talking about secession, because they are two straight lines that can never meet.