By Praise Necherem
Anambra State government has dismissed media reports alleging that governor Willie Obiano donated N3billion to President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection campaign.
The government also refuted alleged donation of N500m plus nine brand new very expensive vehicles to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Gen. John Gbor, at the official launch of the party’s 2019 general election campaign.
The commissioner Information & Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, in a statement, titled “Anambra’s Resources Are Managed Most Prudently”, described the reports as totally untrue and unfounded.
He said it was regrettable that despite the loud statement of Anambra voters on at last year’s governorship election, those who were against the prevailing social harmony in the state have returned to their discredited trajectory.
He said the citizens of the state cannot watch akimbo as a tiny group of self-serving politicians and their agents set out to wreck the state through the destruction of social harmony which has become the hallmark of the state in the last few years.
“Ndi Anambra cast protest votes against the social harmony wreckers by ensuring that they got well defeated in their respective constituencies, in some places in their wards and even polling booths.
“How one person can be working so assiduously for two presidential candidates in the same election is known to only these incompetent blackmailers.
“The section of the social media which published these fantastic allegations knew full well that the accusations are fourth rate fake news and still went ahead to turn itself into a vessel of disinformation, falsehood and hate should bear in mind that it has done tremendous violence to both its individual and professional reputations.
“The fact that it could publish such fabulous stories without bothering to speak to any official of the Anambra State government to get its side of the story—an elementary canon of both journalism and natural justice—betrays a profound commitment to filthy lucre, if not blood money because the purveyors of these falsehoods are purportedly from Anambra State.
“Beyond the issues of ethics and morals, there is the question of whether the purveyors of the infantile lies and their collaborators in the social media sometimes wonder how the public would regard them for debasing themselves to an unimaginable level.
“Is it rational to believe that N4bn would leave the coffers of the Anambra State government within one week for a presidential election that is two months away and the people couldn’t feel it?
“How much does Anambra receive monthly from both the federation account and internally generated revenue? Is it not well known that the state receives monthly one of the lowest allocations from the federation account throughout Nigeria?
“We are proud that despite our limited financial resources, Anambra has become exemplary in rapid development.
According to the commissioner, Obiano’s inspiring leadership, demonstrated at every point had earned him qualifications, including professional auditor, banker and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
He said, “Anambra never went to the Federal Government for a bailout even when leading oil-producing states went twice. It did not receive because it had no need to do so.
“Anambra is the least indebted state in Nigeria, according to the Debt Management Office of the Federal Government. Anambra has the lowest poverty index of all states in Nigeria, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
“At a time when a number of state governments are owing their workers for almost one year, neither workers nor pensioners are owed in Anambra State even for a day.
“In fact, they received their November salaries on November 24 and 25, that is, a week before the month ended. All workers received their 2018 leave allowances the same month, the only state with this record throughout the federation.
“Every worker in the state, however lowly his or her designation may be, has since received a bag of the famous Anambra Rice free of charge as a Christmas gift. All this has been possible because the state’s resources are managed most prudently.
“There is no way Anambra State could have become a model in governance if its governor were a spendthrift. States like Kogi could not have been sending its delegations to Anambra to understudy its financial management.
“Nor could states like Ebonyi and Enugu have borrowed from it the highly innovative community development strategy of providing N20m infrastructure to each of the 179 communities in the state, though Ebonyi and Enugu are giving their communities only N10m each.”