Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of having destroyed the South East region of the country during the 16 years it had custody of political power.
Ngige further alleged that in all the 16 years PDP ruled the country, no federal road was attended to in the South East, saying it was the remote reason why federal roads in the zone were in a very deplorable condition.
The minister who is also the chairman of Dr. Tony Nwoye campaign organization for Anambra State governorship poll pointed out that though the PDP-led Federal Government commenced some road projects in the area, it abandoned them with death traps in the guise of roads.
Ngige who spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting of the APC in Awka over the weekend, maintained that the time had come to aggressively address anomalies in the zone especially as it concerns passable roads in the South East.
He also disclosed that though Ndigbo did not vote for President Muhammadu Buhari, the president has extended his magnanimity to the zone assuring them that they are an integral part of his administration and as such, they would not be marginalized.
The minister noted that in spite of the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari met an epileptic national economy, he ensured that states got their allocations though most state governments suffocated the local government system because of their inability to conduct council polls.
He accused some state governors of usurping the affairs of local government councils thereby causing confusion and rancor in the polity.
Ngige said that the situation was not different in Anambra State where the incumbent governor has refused to conduct local government elections.
He said, “We have a governor that doesn’t conduct local government elections. He is not even thinking about releasing the so-called money to the caretaker committees he instituted so that they will function properly.”
The former governor of Anambra State who accused ex-governor Peter Obi of making clandestine moves to impose the PDP candidate Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze on Ndi-Anambra as governor, the same way he purportedly imposed the incumbent governor on the people of the state, explained that the APC had come to Anambra to change the status quo.
He urged Anambra electorate to vote massively for Dr. Tony Nwoye, the APC governorship candidate to enable him to emerge as next governor of the state.