Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in next month’s election, Tony Nwoye, has accused the present administration of Governor Willie Obiano of siphoning money belonging to local government councils in the state.
He made the allegation after he was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Friday.
The candidate told State House correspondents that he was in the race to alleviate poverty if elected.
He also said youths in the state were being engaged so that they do not heed the election boycott order issued by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
He said: “If elected, Anambra people should expect a transparent government that would bring all the people to an enviable height. We want to alleviate poverty.
“Our local government funds are being siphoned every month since this current administration took over.
“Many key areas like agriculture and others are paid lip services. I will give them special attention if elected. We are going to take governance to the grassroots people.”
On the IPOB threat, Nwoye declared: “We are not afraid of the threat. Our youths are unemployed, people are wailing and crying. These are the symptoms of what you are seeing now.
“Our people are seeing reasons why there should be elections. Some of them who may have been brainwashed, we are engaging them to see reasons why they should allow people to elect people whom thy want to lead them.”
On his chances of being elected, he said he was better prepared than the last time he contested the office, expressing the hope that he would win.
“As you know, I am not God but based on the parameters and the indices of the Anambra political terrain and based on the campaigns that we have done so far, I am confident that by God’s grace because God gives power, that we are going to win,” he said.
On what he is bringing on board is elected, he stated: “In the last election, I campaigned for only 11 days, I was kept in court for some time. They accused me of not paying my tax in time.
“But this time around, I have more than two months to campaign. We have activated our structures, I have met all the stakeholders. This time around, it is going to be one man, one vote. We are not going to allow anybody to rig us out. Peoples votes will count.”
Governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, who led Nwoye to Buhari as the chairman of the APC Anambra State Gubernatorial Campaign, said the Party was ready for the election having concluded its reconciliation process over the party’s primaries.