Thursday, 31 May 2018

Why Anunobi Declares His Intention To Be Elected As APC National Organising Secretary


Ebere Uzoukwa writes from Owerri

Barr. Rex Anunobi is indisputably a personality to reckon with when it comes to politics in Imo State. While the Nkwerre born political strategist is highly admired and called "Sokom", other close associates and allies have always celebrated his sagacity and brilliance by eulogizing him as 'Igbudu Nkwerre'.

A university of Nsukka trained lawyer and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Anunobi remarkably showcases a profound profile as a public administrator, grassroots mobilizer, political and development strategist.

A two-term elected Chairman of old and present Nkwerre Local Government Area, Imo State, Anunobi has occupied several positions that endearably exposed him to offering quality and strategic services to his people and the state.

Anunobi served variously as the Special Adviser on Inter Governmental Affairs, Special Adviser on Revenue Generation and Mobilisation, Political Adviser to the Governor of Imo State 2007 to 2011, Chairman Land Use and Allocation Committee(LUAC) Imo State and State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) before joining the All Progressives Congress(APC). He also stands as the immediate past Director General, Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies(ICAPS) and presently the Special Adviser to the Governor of Imo State on Trade and Investment.

He was notably among the political bigwigs that were received eminently by President Muhammadu Buhari in Owerri, as a Presidential Candidate, shortly before his landmark victory in 2015. Anunobi's foray into APC indisputably reshuffled subsequent political developments which spirally influenced a landslide victory for Imo APC in 2015.

Anunobi, serves as a Member of Imo State APC Disciplinary Committee. 

Only recently, Anunobi publicly declared his interest to serve his party as National Organizing Secretary. His declaration took place at Nkwerre with the presence of Party stakeholders.

That Anunobi posses the credentials, political capacity and outreach relishing on his vast experience as party and public service administrator is obviously not in doubt. That his aspiration and subsequent declaration are generally viewed as a strategic development that may "unifying" the party is ostensibly perceived by discerning stakeholders.

The alarming disunity and disagreements enveloping the party as a fallout of the recently conducted congresses at the ward, local government and state levels by APC remains a contentious issue that must be genuinely addressed for the party to move forward. Imo as predicted by bookmakers and political watchers got her own dosage of the spirally but congress induced crisis.

There is no gainsaying that the genuine concern expressed in some quarters over the survival of APC Imo calls for consensus and sacrifices. And this should begin strategically with the office of the national organizing secretary.

The congresses and the attendant crisis rocking over 20 state chapters as there are still unreconciled parallel congresses are obviously not healthy to the party. This development potends frightening danger and shall adversely affect the party's forthcoming primaries if not adequately addressed.

This suggests that a firm, fair-minded and party loyalist like Anunobi should be given the opportunity to vastly deploy a worthy experience in unifying all state chapters with parallel executives by strictly applying due process and the constitution of the party. 

This supposedly calls for a 'neutral' or 'unity' candidate whose political profile and credentials will progressively restore confidence and strategically shield the party from a looming disaster.

With Anunobi's declaration for the office of the National Organizing Secretary , the search for a new helmsman assumes a perfect conclusion. He showcases the capacity, intellectual prowess, political sagacity and the right disposition to midwife a new era for APC should the delegates choose him through their votes as the next National Organizing Secretary of the party.

Little wonder Anunobi declared "I am presenting myself as a unifying candidate for the position of national organizing secretary. My election will restore peace and unify stakeholders who are disagreeing over the outcome of the congresses in some States.

"To be honest, members of APC need to remain united if we must win the forthcoming elections. Our leaders should be unified and encouraged to work closely with one another to maintain a one united family".

That promise of deploying robust knowledge and experience in party administration ensuring that APC remain united and stronger is one major reason Anunobi should be encouraged and supported by all stakeholders to succeed Sen. Izunaso as the national organizing secretary. 

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