A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election, Senator Andy Uba, has decried the lack of development in the state.
Speaking with ward chairmen and other APC stakeholders in the state, Uba faulted the government of the state led by Willie Obiano, stating that it lacked direction.
In a statement issued by his media aide, the governorship aspirant said he was in the race to bring tangible developments to the state.
Uba stressed that vision and direction were key to any meaningful development in the society, adding that he already had a clear-cut vision for the state “when” elected as governor.
He said: “When you build industries, farms and other necessary infrastructure, you inadvertently create jobs, when you create jobs, you reduce crime and when you reduce crime, you improve lives and add more value and quality to the people.
“When all of these happen at the grassroots level, the state as a whole is uplifted and repositioned.”
Uba further buttressed the need for grassroots development, adding that empowering people who can stand on their own will indirectly raise an army of financially viable society through capacity building.
Some of the stakeholders who met with the governorship aspirant drew his attention to the rising security challenges in the state.
They expressed worries over the short supply of election materials such as voters’ register, voters’ card and ballot paper, adding that authenticity of such material was also questionable.
They said if it is not addressed, such challenges would make it difficult to conduct a smooth primary election.
Uba however assured the party faithful that the primary election would be conducted in a smooth and peaceful manner.
He said: “As I speak now, talks are ongoing to put in place all the necessary security measures.
“Your safety is important to me, so don’t be afraid. On the Election Day come out and vote because it is your right.
“As for the election materials, I will make sure they are adequately provided and it will come directly from the Independent National Electoral Commission because that is the only authentic election body.”
Uba thanked the people for their support, while urging them to focus on winning the primary election first as the first step in unseating Obiano.