The Oasis Reporters
December 14, 2018
It was the ultimate antithesis the other day, watching Rotimi Amaechi, Director General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organization in 2015, reappointed again, for the 2019 election, under very different circumstances. Therefore if he’s unable to manage a smile, it would be clearly understood.
For over three years, one theme that underlined the Muhammadu Buhari presidency was the blame game, and the cheap shots at former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who out of the recognition of the times and the need for statesmanlike dignity, chose to be silent.
The government blamed it endlessly for not saving enough money for a future government to spend. In other words, if the current government failed to fulfill its core obligations of implement it’s promises and programs, blame the outgone government. They left no money.
Perhaps in recognition of those factors, especially the fact that the government would be called upon in the future to tell Nigerians how much it equally saved for the incoming regime, Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State has blamed former governor of Anambra State and now vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for saving so much money for the succeeding government in Anambra State in the face of lack of roads, hospitals etc.
Watchers and commentators could not hide their shock at what Amaechi was saying.
First, Peter Obi inherited a derelict state, with much infrastructure, including the Government House, destroyed by hoodlums. He rebuilt everything on an astonishingly lean budget. He did roads, hospitals and equally revamped education, which put Anambra State on top of the performance index, such that even though, he was from a minority political party, APGA, his governor colleagues made him the doyen of governors. But this post is not about the achievements of Peter Obi as governor. That would be better handled elsewhere.
Therefore to lampoon Obi for saving money for an incoming administration to spend, whereas the policy of the administration of which he is a key member of, is rather ironic.
Perhaps the real panic in the Buhari Reelection Campaign Office headed by Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi is that the People’s Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar chose a near spotless candidate, as far as the APC criteria goes.
Well, if Jonathan did not save money, here’s a Vice presidential candidate of the same PDP that saved. So what now is their argument all about?
Perhaps the greater pain is that Atiku Abubakar was fast in obeying the first rule of politics after quickly nominating his vice presidential candidate, which is, getting a candidate who can best win, with the added bonus of having a candidate who can best govern to pair with him.
Therefore, in getting one who combines the two factors (best win and best govern), is the deft move by Atiku Abubakar to combine preparedness mixed with opportunity.
The candidature is receiving rave reviews in the 2015 APC strongholds for President Muhammadu Buhari. strongholds that voted for Buhari in 2015.
Peter Obi remains one of the few governors who understands how to create opportunities for industrialization, make money for his state, turn his five loaves and two fishes to abundance and satisfy the multitude, with several baskets filled with excess, running over.
In the face of very inept governors who depend solely on oil wealth sharing before they can pay deserving workers their wages, Governor Peter Gregory Obi laid the enabling environment for industry to thrive. Most Nigerians recall how he took the Innoson Automobile Manufacturing Company entrepreneur to see then President Jonathan directly to secure the necessary permits for the first private automobile manufacturing plant to commence production, having been frustrated by one or two previous governments before Jonathan. He simply sat back and let the revenue office collect taxes in booming economy, while many of his colleagues were bemoaning the fall in global crude oil prices. Therefore they defaulted in paying workers their due wages.
Peter Obi may not have Tradermoni to dash voters. But he can put conditions or the enabling environment in place for traders to become wholesalers and manufacturers. As long as Gregory Peter Obi is with Atiku Abubakar, the team would be cause for concern to other candidates whose qualifications appear lacklustre.