<h4>By Patrick Andrew
The United Progressive Party (UPP) has expressed shock over Governor Willie Obiano, the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate in the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election, campaign antics alleging undue indulgence in threats and insults on the Christian faith.
The party claimed that Governor Obiano’s designation of the November 2 election as a “fray”, was alarming because it presented the election as ‘a matter of life and death’.
The party said the speech has exposed the governor’s undemocratic intentions for the poll, noting that Obiano’s tendencies bother on frustration over his impending defeat in the coming poll.
“We find it unpardonable that the outgoing governor engaged in self-praise and celebration of the ordinary when the state is collapsing in his hands; when all critical infrastructures he inherited have gone moribund.
“When investors are now setting up outside the state for lack of environment conducive for business, when the education and health system in the state have decayed and when citizens are no longer safe even in places of worship.”
Further, the UPP in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Ogbuehi Dike said: “APGA’s disrespect for church leaders shows the scorn with which they hold the Christian faith. If not, can they make such disparaging statements on officials of other religion in their own stronghold?
“We know that Governor Obiano and his party have been in a chaotic mode since the people of Anambra across board moved their support to the United Progressive Party (UPP) and our candidate, Chief Osita Chidoka; but he must not throw the state into a fray in his desperation to cling to power even when he knows his time is up.
“Governor Obiano and his APGA should have known by now that this election is a matter of the will of the people and not a fracas. He has squandered the goodwill of the people and cannot regain same through insults, instigating of brawls and trying to buy communities and union leaders.
“Recent history is replete with political leaders who used such approaches at a time they should have taken a bow and ended up colossal failures,” it said noting that Chief Osita Chidoka would continue with the people in the march to victory.