By Rita Esegine
A group under the aegis of Obingwa Concerned Citizens, has criticized and described as unfortunate the recent cash, car and food stuff materials donated to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Uche Ikonne.
The Obingwa Citizens, in statement jointly signed by their Chairman and Scribe, Onyenkwere Onyeizu and Wisdom Ahukanna, respectively, bitterly expressed displeasure that the citizens of the local government area are languishing in abject poverty and lacking basic socio-economic facilities that aides human living condition, yet the political elites are throwing the needed resources on frivolity.
The statement in full read, “How did we get here? Who would hear our cries? Who would save our soul from further destruction? Indeed, we have been doomed.
“We received with nostalgia on the evening of September 19, 2022, the unfortunate news of select leaders of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, from our dear Local Government Area, Obingwa to the Abia State Gubernatorial Candidate of the party, Prof. Elezar Uche Ikonne where they allegedly made a cash donation of thirty seven million naira (37,000,000), 100 bags of rice, a life cow, stock fish, campaign materials and two Sienna Buses worth over One hundred million (100,000,000).
“This is coming from leaders of a local government where youths, men and women are suffering from abject poverty, deplorable road conditions including the road leading to the house of the first citizen of the state which has remained under construction for seven years now with alot of patch works to the rescue as always. The people of this LGA have a mind bulgging rural disconnection arising from dilapidated infrastructure, uncompleted projects and non existing social amenities; a donation that can best be described as man’s inhumanity to man and misplaced priority all in a bid to impose on the people another burden that would last for eight years.
“We are surprised that a local government as ours could have such huge sum of money for donation to an annointed party candidate while her people suffer in pains and penury including Ohanze, the community of the almighty executor of the plans of the party and an inlaw to our dear Governor.
“We ask as concerned citizens of Obingwa LGA what is the motivation for abandoning the real issues challenging the people to donate our collective resources stolen from public funds to help a candidate that has been imposed on the people by a selfish group of political leaders who don’t mean well for Obingwa LGA, when from Ward 1 to Ward 11 what you see is decay of public utilities, impassable roads, living day hunger, frustration, anger, unemployment, abandoned hospitals, insecurity, ramshackle public schools and a total manifestation of anguish from the populace?
“We worry that our youths, women, and men have been shut up from speaking up owing to threats to life and embarrassments from the powers that be even while wickedness thrive in the land as our supposed leaders have sold their conscience to the devil. Who would speak for us as a people? Are we really doomed?
“Again, we ask how a party that claims to give power to the people rape the same people in broad daylight without recourse to their feelings and well being. The people we chose as our leaders, are reaping us even in our very own eyes. And we ask again, who did we offend? Is this not a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul?
“Are we still going to keep quiet and allow the future of our youths and the next generation get doomed for a few individuals and their personal benefits? Our people of Obingwa must rise up and condemn this anti people’s donation to a man who isn’t prepared for leadership but foisted on the people to also end up like other leaders of the party that have kept Obingwa and our dear state Abia on her knees.
“Government, we all must remember is not a private business enterprise and cannot be allowed to be run by individuals who use public funds to enrich themselves by becoming in-laws with the Governor while the suffering of our people remain.
“The time to act is now. A stitch in time saves nine.”