Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, says Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, achieved little when he governed Anambra. Obi said what Ngige achieved as governor of the state cannot be compared to his records in his eight years of leadership.
The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said this while reacting to comments credited to the minister in which he reportedly said Obi did not construct quality roads in the state after succeeding him as governor. But in a statement issued by Valentine Obienyem, his spokesman, Obi said Ngige achieved “little or nothing” when he governed Anambra for about 32 months.
“Over 90 per cent of the roads, Ngige mentioned he built were done in his Local Government Area,” he said. “Knowing the importance of road maintenance, shortly before he left, Obi set up the Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency with full compliments of brand new equipment.”
He said unlike Ngige, he patronised local contractors in the state and “left over N4bn in the ministry of works for road maintenance before he handed over”. “Where will the comparison start? Is it health, where Ngige did nothing? Is it education, where Ngige did nothing? Is it commerce and industry, where Ngige did nothing?” the statement added.
“Is it the provision of infrastructure, where all he did was to cause the burning down of the state? Is it our relationship with donor agencies? Where? What is most condemnable in Ngige’s attacks are the lies he tells just to bring Obi down.”