An All Progressive Congress (APC), stalwart in Ebonyi, Chief Chaka Nweze, has urged Nigerians to appreciate resourceful leaders who provide democratic dividends in spite of party affiliations.
Nweze who was the pioneer APC secretary in the state, gave the advice on Wednesday in Abakaliki in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria noting that he was awed by the level of infrastructural development in the state under Gov. David Umahi.
“I was marveled with the level of infrastructural development witnessed in the state when I visited recently after a ‘long absence’ as my eyes saw what I never imagined to see.
“I never imagined to see more than four standard ‘flyovers’ completed on the main expressway in the state, the trans-Saharan Abakaliki-Enugu high way and others about to be completed on the same road.
“I did not use the headlamps of my vehicle when I toured Abakaliki at night because virtually every area had functional streetlights.
“I do not know anywhere in Nigeria where almost all the roads in the capital have been reconstructed– majority on concrete,” he said.
He said that although his assessment might ‘hurt’ the APC in the state, it was time Nigeria was salvaged with leaders and the led saying the truth notwithstanding party affiliations.
“The most astonishing aspect is the successful relocation of traders at the Abakpa main- market Abakaliki to the ‘new-look’ International market.
“I have been involved in Ebonyi politics since its state’s creation in 1996 and I know that preceding administrations tried to effect such relocation but were unsuccessful.
“The new government house is ‘monumental’ as the governor took the developmental strides to new heights by ensuring that other parts of the state also received the same infrastructural facelift.
“Afikpo, the second-ranked most developed town in the state, has been turned into a ‘mini’ capital with concrete roads everywhere while Onueke, which ranks next has also been given a major face-lift,” he said.
Nweze said that one of the country’s major problems is ‘political bias’ where political parties and their members had failed to see anything good in a ruling-government which they did not control.
“It is time Nigerians realise that despite the party in power, it is the people that matter and, one day, leaders would return to them and give accounts of their stewardship.
“Ebonyi people are benefiting immensely from these projects and despite being in the opposition, I stand for the progress no matter the party such ‘performing’ government belongs to,” he said.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)
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