Home Blog Winds Against Obiano’s Return by Hon. Hon Victor Afam Ogene

Winds Against Obiano’s Return by Hon. Hon Victor Afam Ogene

Gov Willie Obiano

In, perhaps, more ways than one, the November 18, 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra can be fittingly described as a referendum on the leadership ability of the people from the Anambra North Senatorial zone of the state.

Consisting of seven, out of the 21 local government areas of the state, Anambra North had never had the good ‘fortune’ of having one of its own mount the exalted seat of the governor since the creation of the state, almost three decades ago. Well, that was until four years ago, when the immediate past governor of the state, Peter Obi, led the clamour and actualisation of the “Anambra North for Governor” project, which led to the election of the incumbent, Willie Obiano.

Today, after three and half years on the saddle, it is time for stock-takings regarding whether the incumbent, nay the people of his senatorial district, would be entrusted with a fresh four-year mandate.

Although every election ought to centre around an individual candidate’s ability to deliver on the job, the coming Anambra polls have, quite against the norm, dovetailed into a citation on the leadership capability of the entire people of the governor’s senatorial zone.

An easy reference is made to the governor’s clannish tendencies in filling many appointive positions with his Aguleri kith and kin, as well as having started and completed no fewer than 35 roads within the community while leaving the other 170 communities in the lurch.

For a man who ascended the governorship stool on the promise of Continuing, Completing and Commissioning projects started by his predecessor before Commencing (4Cs) any other, Governor Obiano didn’t take long in recanting this pledge. For, as soon as he mounted the saddle, he spared no effort at proving that he was antithetical to everything former Governor Obi represented.

Gov Obiano and Peter Obi

Whereas Obi is known for his prudence, Obiano is an acclaimed spendthrift; just as Obi’s sobriety is made nonsense of by his domineering disposition; and his frugality jettisoned for an ostentatious affinity. Few examples would suffice. While Obi maintained a five-car convoy, Obiano’s stretches to above 25; while Obi flew regular flights, and sometimes on economy tickets, Obiano routinely chartered jets; just as he revels in champagne trysts in the Lodge, while Obi was famed for severely cutting down the costs of governance generally.

Now, as someone who hails from that region and who actively played a defining role in actualising the North’s governorship quest, this rankles. Yet, no one can gleefully deny the sincere concerns of our brethren from the Central and South Senatorial zones, when they make infamous references to ndi North, as represented by Governor Obiano, as “happy-go-lucky fellas” – a euphemism for a people who prefer to merry when the bell of duty tolls.

Ironically, the angst of the people does not only dwell on the governor’s dubiety, infrastructure-wise (a story for another day), but rather on his many foibles, many of which are in contrast with the governor’s status as His Excellency!

Quite understandable, though, is the fact that man by his very nature is given to several idiosyncrasies: an excessive desire for wine; an irresistible proclivity for womanising, and perhaps a drunken addition to power and its abuse. Yet, all these and more are tolerable in private life, but not when it concerns the occupant of a public office. Moreso, the high office of a state chief executive officer.

Indeed, the dividing line of moral probity is reinforced by the use of the word, Excellency, as against the commonplace prefix, Mister. Though high ethical and moral rectitude is expected of everyone regardless of title or status, a heavier burden of acceptable social conduct, at all times, is placed on the head and shoulders of every public office holder.

This, instructively, is what ought to differentiate an Obiano, who as a dainty banker can afford to spot a stylish 1950’s patting of the hair and the many distractions that it breeds, from the man who the people choose nearly four years ago as their standard bearer, with misplaced belief in his ability to further the moderation curve which his predecessor had enthroned. Instead, what confronts reasonable indigenes of Anambra in the public arena are often tell-tale signs of a somnambulist.

The lesson is forcefully reinforced when we recall that in spite of all his charisma and eight years of superlative service to the American people and the world, the Bill Clinton years is, perhaps, best remembered by that little indiscretion of allowing an “inappropriate” liaison with an intern, Monica Lewinsky, right within the hallowed precincts of the White House.

In Awka, despite having a beautiful ornament of a spouse, the ferocious spat of the First Lady with a former female legislator was so engaging that at some point, the buzz word in and around Awka, the Anambra state capital, was that His Excellency was more enamoured to “Ukwu Sara Mbala”.

Added to the realization that instead of growing the state’s fortunes as bequeathed to him, Governor Obiano has proceeded to not only lavish same but has even taken the audacious step of accumulating debts of his own, one can begin to understand the on-going negative profiling of the people of Anambra North.

But the average Onye Anambra North does not fit this label. On the contrary, they are an industrious lot, being predominantly farmers who work hard to eke out a living. Indeed, above all else, they are a people given to a high degree of fidelity to the truth.

Which is, perhaps, why it is the people of the North that would readily agree that they sold a defective merchandise to ndi Anambra in 2013. And as a conscientious lot, it behoves them to change the bad product, with profuse apologies, and then proceed to replace the deficient with a better one.

Luckily, the major political parties in the country, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), have both picked candidates from the North Senatorial zone.

All that the voting population of ndi Anambra have to do on Saturday, November 18, 2017 is to pick one of them – but this time, with the deep philosophical lyrics of folklore music maestro, Maduka Morocco, ringing in their heads: Onye obu na ya chi Anambra, chi kwa ya ka Peter Obi ( anyone who will rule Anambra state should do so like Peter Obi).

Hon. Victor Ogene was a former deputy chairman, Media & Public Affairs in the House of Representatives.


  1. I’m the proprietor of JustCBD label (justcbdstore.com) and am aiming to broaden my wholesale side of company. I really hope that someone at targetdomain is able to provide some guidance . I considered that the most ideal way to accomplish this would be to reach out to vape companies and cbd stores. I was hoping if anybody at all could recommend a dependable web-site where I can get Vape Shop Business Mailing List I am already examining creativebeartech.com, theeliquidboutique.co.uk and wowitloveithaveit.com. Not exactly sure which one would be the most ideal selection and would appreciate any assistance on this. Or would it be easier for me to scrape my own leads? Suggestions?

  2. Greetings, I think your web site could possibly be having internet browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that, fantastic website!

  3. I blog often and I really appreciate your content. This article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new details about once per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

  4. After I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is a way you can remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

  5. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after going through a few of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

  6. Hi, I do think this is a great site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may return once again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

  7. Hi, I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to come back once again since I book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  8. I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this blog. I really hope to view the same high-grade content by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own website now 😉

  9. After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. Is there a way you are able to remove me from that service? Cheers!

  10. Achieving your fitness goal does not need a certified personal trainer or an expensive gym memberships, especially if you have the budget and the space to consider practically every workout machine in the market.

  11. Aw, this was an extremely good post. Finding the time and actual effort to make a superb article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

  12. You are so awesome! I do not suppose I have read anything like that before. So good to discover another person with a few genuine thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is something that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality!

  13. Having read this I thought it was rather informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this informative article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  14. This is the right site for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You understand so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a topic which has been discussed for a long time. Great stuff, just great!

  15. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this topic here on your website.

  16. I’m excited to uncover this page. I wanted to thank you for ones time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely appreciated every little bit of it and i also have you book marked to look at new information on your blog.

  17. We tested coffee makers for the water temperature during the brew cycle and the brewing time as well as the temperature of the coffee at the end of brewing and during the keep warm cycle. In addition, we evaluated each brewer’s ease of use, including how easy it was to read and use the controls, access the water tank and brew basket, read the markings on the tank and carafe, whether or not it had automatic keep warm and shut off cycles, and the ease of cleaning the carafe.

  18. Good thinking. Wondering what you think of its implication on society as a whole though? There are times when things like this begin to have global expansion and frustration. Ill be around soon to check out your response.

  19. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always exciting to read through articles from other authors and practice something from other web sites.

  20. I must thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this website. I’m hoping to see the same high-grade content by you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my very own website now 😉

  21. I definitely wanted to construct a quick note to be able to express gratitude to you for those awesome points you are writing on this site. My considerable internet research has at the end of the day been honored with good concept to talk about with my colleagues. I ‘d point out that most of us readers are extremely endowed to exist in a superb place with very many brilliant professionals with insightful plans. I feel rather grateful to have come across your entire website and look forward to many more excellent minutes reading here. Thanks a lot again for all the details.

  22. After I originally commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment. There has to be a way you can remove me from that service? Cheers!

  23. That is a great tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate info… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read article!

  24. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing problems with your RSS. I don’t know why I am unable to join it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS problems? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  25. This design is incredible! You definitely know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  26. That is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise information… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read post!

  27. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. It’s always useful to read content from other authors and practice a little something from other web sites.

  28. The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it does not disappoint me just as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, nonetheless I actually thought you would probably have something useful to say. All I hear is a bunch of moaning about something that you could possibly fix if you weren’t too busy searching for attention.

  29. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website. I’m hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal site now 😉

  30. Hello there! This blog post could not be written much better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I’ll forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!

  31. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it as well as love understanding more about this topic. If possible, while you acquire expertise, would you mind upgrading your blog with more information? It is extremely ideal for me.

  32. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  33. My brother suggested I would possibly like this blog. He was entirely right. This publish actually made my day. You can not consider simply how a lot time I had spent for this info! Thank you!

  34. Hervorragend gelesen, ich habe dies gerade an einen Freund weitergegeben, der ein wenig darüber recherchiert hat. Und er lud mich gerade zum Mittagessen ein, weil ich es für sein Lächeln fand: Danke für das Mittagessen!

  35. Excellent blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused .. Any recommendations? Bless you!

  36. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and everything. However think about if you added some great pictures or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this site could certainly be one of the most beneficial in its field. Good blog!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here