By Lizzy Ikuru
Senator Sam Anyanwu, former senator who represented Imo East Senatorial Zone in the 8th Senate, has advised the people to give maximum support to Gov. Hope Uzodinma to enable the new governor to move the state to the next level.
Anyanwu gave the advice in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Port Harcourt expressing confidence in Uzodinma’s credibility.
According to the senator, the new governor’s pedigree in the senate showed that he is capable of delivering good governance in the state.
Anyanwu, who was also a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2019 governorship aspirant in Imo state, said that Nigerians were bound to abide by all Supreme Court’s judgments.
According to him, Emeka Ihedioha and Hope Uzodinma were all citizens of Imo state with equal leadership rights and urged the people to support the new administration as ordered by the supreme Court.
“My advice to the people of Imo State is that they should support Gov. Hope Uzodinma so that he can deliver tangible projects and also develop human capacity in the state.
“To Gov. Uzodinma, I urge him to run an all-inclusive government irrespective of party affilliation, it shouldn’t be about APC, PDP, APGA or AA it should be about Imo State.
“Of course, I know the new governor, he is my friend; we were together in the 8th Senate and while in the senate he was Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs and I deputised him. So I know his capabilities and I have no doubt that he would indeed deliver democracy dividend to Imo State.
“I wish him well on this new task, first of all everybody in Imo is complaining about bad roads, even the governor himself is aware of our bad terrain and bad roads.
“I urge him to concentrate on building good road networks and developing our educational institutions, above all he should ensure prompt payments of salaries and benefits to our civil servants, this is very key.
“In fact, promoting good welfare for civil servants have always been my wish because I discovered that the reason we don’t get the best output from the civil service is because they lack motivation especially in terms of salaries and benefits.
“Even the Bible made it clear that a labourer deserves his wages. So I urge the new governor to look at ways of improving on the welfare of Imo State civil servants with a view of creating positive impacts.
On investigating past administrations in the state, Anyanwu urged the new governor to channel his energy more towards restoring the state its to former glory.
“My advice had always been the same, I even advised the immediate past governor Emeka Ihedioha not to focus on probing his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha.
“I told him, don’t make Rochas your focus, he has done his bit and had gone, it’s left for posterity to judge him,” he said.
Anyanwu, however, said that even if the new administration chosses to probe his predecessors, he should ensure necessary mechanisms and processes were followed.
“Not by taking some unconstitutional steps, like breaking people’s houses, waylaying them and meting all forms of molestations on past leaders, this attitude does not depict civility and therefore, should stop.
“I will advice Gov. Uzodinma who I know is an ambassador of due process to channel his energy towards reclaiming Imo to its glory.
“Even if he chooses to probe past administrations, he should follow due process but building Imo should dominate any other plan whatsoever and I believe he has a blueprint and I know he is going to do very well,” Anyanwu said.