Anambra Assembly: Nwangene bridge under construction enough to vote APGA candidates - traders

Anambra Assembly: Nwangene bridge under construction enough to vote APGA candidates - traders

From (L-R) Chiefs Mbachu and Idoko taking newsmen round the bridge under construction Monday.

Anambra Assembly: Nwangene bridge under construction enough to vote APGA candidates - traders

By Chinwe Nwacha, Onitsha

Barely four days to the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections nationwide, traders at Niger, Sokoto and  Haruna streets, near Onitsha Main market, Anambra State, hinted Monday, that the Nwangene river Bridge, currently under construction, by the State Governor, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, was enough to vote for the candidates of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, come the March 18 elections.

The traders made the disclosure while expressing satisfaction with the achievements of the Governor in less than one year he assumed office, pointing out that any attempt to have non APGA members in majority as lawmakers would spell doom to the State.

Explaining further through the chairman of Haruna Street traders, Chief Emmanuel Idoko, the traders said that endorsement of bills and  other State issues for implementation may be delayed since the Governor and lawmakers represent different political parties.

 "The efforts I have made even last week was that I moved round all the markets telling traders that we have finished Presidential election which we all voted for Labour party because Peter Obi is our brother, but this coming election, everybody should try to vote for APGA. I even moved everywhere in my street telling them it is APGA we will vote for, because we know all the works our Governor is doing for us in Sokoto road, Niger Street, among others.

"We know how many times we have written to previous administration, during former Governor Willie Obiano, to rescue us from this death-trap, Nwangene river bridge, that links Niger Street with Sokoto road, to Onitsha Main market, but to no avail. They will be telling us no money for the gigantic bridge construction.

"The Nwangene bridge, has swallowed 40 foot container laden with goods, cars, shops and we have lost a lot of lives there. We even petitioned direct to Governor's office and Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Uchenna Okafor Wiper, then, after reading all those petitions, they told us there was no money but that they will do it, yet they did not do it untill Soludo came to office.

"The Sokoto road/Niger Street are not functioning in any raining season but it is not up to one year Soludo came on board as a new governor and has awarded the road and they have started working on the bridge, day and night. He also commenced rehabilitation of not only this Niger street but is from Niger street to Sokoto road, down to Onitsha Main market, from Main market to Akpaka. 

"But the Nwangene bridge alone, we don't know how to appreciate him, whoever that said APGA will not go is looking for our trouble because the governor came to our rescue. We thank him so much for saving the lives of traders and our goods. We will make sure nobody disturbs him in this good work he is doing in Anambra state, by voting for all APGA candidates in this coming election. This my line is also my  polling unit, I will make sure that we deliver APGA candidates," he vowed.

In his reaction, the secretary of Haruna Street, Mr. Anisi Chibuzor Odili, said that whoever that has Soludo as Governor, has somebody to rely upon, adding that the traders  are very happy to see the good work he is doing for them and Prayed God to protect and guide him in piloting the affairs of the State.

He pleaded that, "In this coming election, we are pleading to all traders everyday that it will be APGA all the way, thereby giving our Governor assurance that we must try our best to make sure we, traders, vote for APGA because Nkea Bu Nke Anyi," he stated.

Also, Hon. Emeka Mbachu, chairman Sokoto road traders, said that, "What we are now in is, if you see something, say something, for things to normalize. The Governor, Charley Nwa Mgbafor, our Governor, is a promise and fulfil governor, it was not up to two weeks he commissioned this road, you can see men at work, we traders are solidly behind him.

"He should not fear for this coming election of House of Assembly, we are promising him that we will deliver in all the polling units because APGA is Anambra state and Anambra state is APGA. It shall be well with him in all his good works," he prayed God.

Mbachu advised the Governor to over look all those things people are saying about him and focus on the rapid infrastructural development of the State.

 "Whatever anyone is doing in this world, people must talk, so he should over look them and continue with his good works. We shall continue to support him to better the welfare of residents of the State," he affirmed.

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