Fr Pat Amobi ChukwumaTuesday, December 3, 2013




n 16 November 2013, the gubernatorial election day in Anambra State finally dawned. At 9.05 a.m., I trekked about three kilometres from St Patrick's Cathedral Awka to St Matthew's Catholic Church Amawbia where I voted. It was a sacrificial trekking for my own good and the good of all Anambrarians. There was restriction in movement of vehicles. Only Independent National Electoral Commission officials and the detailed security personnel were allowed to move freely. As a priest in essential duty, I would have travelled down to Amawbia with my car. But to avoid unnecessary interrogations along the way, I decided to use my natural car (my feet). The trek was long but healthy. I have to exercise my franchise as a good citizen of Nigeria. If you are eligible to vote and you didn't vote, you will answer for it before the judgment seat of God.

At Amawbia, I was accredited. I have to wait there till 1.00 p.m. when voting commenced. I was the second to vote in my polling unit. Any reward for me for the second position? I voted according to my conscience and conviction. Do you know whom I voted for? Of course, he is the winner!

On Monday, 18 November 2013, I was glued to my radio and television to hear the result of the November 16 poll. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard that the election was inconclusive with Obiano of APGA leading with a big margin. To fulfil all righteousness, a supplementary election was scheduled to hold on Saturday 30 November 2013. It is over. Those parties who did not participate in the supplementary election manifested an act of cowardice. The inclusive election has been concluded at last. In all APGA got 180,178 votes; PDP 97,700 votes; APC 95,963 votes. The winner has emerged.

The winner is Chief Dr. Willie Maduabuchi Obiano from Aguleri, the candidate of All Progressive Alliance (APGA). Agulerians, rejoice! Umulerians, rejoice! No more fighting. Anambrarians, rejoice! It is victory for all. Nigerians, shout for joy! As soon as Obiano of APGA was announced the winner of the just concluded Anambra State gubernatorial election, I saw late General, Chief, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in a vision dancing for joy with the Angels of God. In ecstasy I joined them in the joyful dance for victory. Ojukwu carried me shoulder high for voting for his son Willie Obiano. He gave me a congratulatory letter to give to Dr Willie Obiano. I hereby call on the Personal Assistant to the Governor-elect to come and take the congratulatory letter from Ojukwu for Willie Obiano.

Mr Peter Obi will be handing over to Chief Dr Willie Obiano. A banker is handing over the Anambra Government House to a banker. A technocrat is taking over from a technocrat. Obi is handing over to Obiano. Obi has worked so hard for eight interrupted years to make Anambra State the Light of the Nation. Obiano has come on board to consolidate the gains of Democracy. Hence Anambrarians are relieved (Obi anoola ndi Anambra). After Obiano, Obieri will ascend the throne. By that time, all Anambrarians and her residents will no more sweat. It will be a time of everlasting merriment till Jesus Christ comes again.

To pave the way for Obieri, Obiano must consolidate the legacies Obi leaves behind. He must do more. He must send kidnappers, armed robbers and pen robbers parking from Anambra State. Most of our teeming graduates are jobless. Therefore, Obiano should endeavour to create more employment opportunities. At the same time, the government cannot provide for all. Hence, I admonish some of our graduates to create jobs for themselves, no matter how small. An idle mind is the devil's workshop. Obiano means Relief. Thus, Obiano must make this relief realizable by leading Anambrarians into the Promised Land. Obi acted as Moses. We look on Obiano as our Joshua.

The Nigeria-Biafran civil war ended in 1970. The then Nigerian military Leader, General Yakubu Gowon made this declaration: "No Victor, no Vanquished." He went further to declare the three Rs: Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation. These are yet to be fulfilled. Nonetheless, I hereby call on the candidates who participated in the Anambra November 16 and 30, 2013 gubernatorial race to unite with the winner, Chief Dr Willie M. Obiano, to move the state forward. The campaign war is over. All should now sheathe their political swords and allow peace and progress to reign. They should reconcile their ideological differences as politicians. No politician makes a permanent enemy. As a body, they should now reconstruct the physical and moral damages encountered during the campaign and the election proper. The political adherents of each candidate and party are to be rehabilitated to avoid unnecessary rancour that would set the clock of the state backwards. Those who are Donatus within and outside Anambra State should be approached to financially rehabilitate the candidates who have lost all their life earnings during the political campaigns. I appealed to them to come to me for prayers so that God may assist them replenish their purses. I will also give them Holy Water for spiritual bath.

Obi has now about three and half months to quit the Government House at Awka for Obiano. As Obi is doing rounding-up calculations within the period, Obiano should be busy doing his home-work. A good governor walks methodically. Consequently, Obiano should learn how to walk alike, to avoid unnecessary fall along the corridors of power. I also advise Obiano to wash his eyes with Holy Water so that he can see beyond the ordinary Anambrarians. He must be more prayerful in order to overcome the devils in the state. He should be prepared to confront the principalities and powers that be within and outside the state. The Scripture makes it emphatic: "For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. So put on God's armour now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy's attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still stand your ground" (Eph. 6: 12 - 13). Willie Obiano, take note! Beware of enemies of progress (saboteurs) within and without. He who eats with the devil must have a long spoon. In the words of Moses to Joshua, I encourage you Obiano: "Be strong, stand firm, have no fear, do not be afraid of them, for Yahweh your God is going with you; he will not fail you or desert you" (Deut. 31:6).

My fellow Anambrarians, we disagree to agree. We must overcome our political inclinations and join hands with our new Governor-elect in our journey towards the Promised Land. We have elected him; let us not lift a bag of salt on his head and pray for rain to beat him. His success is our success. His failure is our failure. United we stand; divided we fall. We owe the Governor-elect allegiance and cooperation. Long live Anambra State! Long live Nigeria! Thank you, Victor Umeh! Welcome, Obiano! Goodbye, Obi! Ojukwu, rest in peace! Best wishes from Amobi Chukwuma, a citizen of Anambra State. Glory be to God in the highest!!!