The three Anambra State senators and House of Representatives members may have boycotted the stakeholders’ meeting organised by Governor Willie Obiano at the weekend.
Senators Andy Uba, Uche Ekwunife and Stella Oduah, as well as former Governor Peter Obi, oil mogul Sir Emeka Offor, Dr. ABC Orjiakor, did not attend the meeting.
But other important personalities like former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Prince Arthur Eze, Senator Chris Ngige, and Senator Annie Okonkwo, were present.
It was gathered, however, that the lawmakers, Obi and others absent at the meeting were allegedly not invited.
The Nation learnt that the Senators and other political big guns were not comfortable with Obiano’s leadership style because, according to them, he undermined Obi’s legacy.
The meeting, held at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, attracted the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) faithful, including its National Chairman, Victor Oye and former National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh.
Obiano praised his predecessor, Peter Obi for his achievements. He said the strategic plan laid by Obi made him launch a war against crime with the inauguration of “Operation Kpochapu”, which was a joint taskforce to restore the dignity of Anambra.
His words: “Our onslaught was so clinical that in a short time, we wiped out their weapons supply lines, pulled down their command and control centres, and inflicted a psychological trauma on them by razing the warehouses where kidnappers kept their victims.
“This led to the arrest of Alphonsus Ngwu, the notorious arms dealer who supplied most of the weapons used by the criminals and beyond, and Okechukwu Nnaegbo, a kidnap kingpin.”
The governor said all hands must be on deck to make the dream of lifting Anambra a reality.
He said the fifth pillar that focuses on Anambra becoming the logistics hub of Nigeria and West Africa was being developed.
“This pillar will leverage our natural advantage of being a gate way to the Southeast and Southsouth and our position as one of the most established trading centers in West Africa,” Obiano said.