“Abia Is Groaning Under Godfatherism”



Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia

Emenike, middle, after he picked nomination forms for the governorship at the APC secretariat, recently 


A financial expert, Dr Kingsley Ononogbu has said that since the advent of the present democratic dispensation in the country, Abia State has been groaning under godfatherism.

Ononogbu spoke at a meeting between an All Progressives Congress (APC) 2019 governorship aspirant in the state, Chief Ikechi Emenike and Bende Local Government Area stakeholders at his residence in Mkpa.

He accused successive administrations in the state of using its resources to cater to the interests of the godfathers who put them in power to the detriment of the generality of the people.

The expert maintained that even the community which has had very highly placed people in both the successive and present administrations in the state has nothing to show for it.

According to Ononogbu, who retired as a general manager from a commercial bank, “until we take a cue from Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi States to do away with godfatherism, we are going no where.”

Ononogbu said after going through the aspirant’s blueprint for the state, he became convinced that Emenike meant well for it and the people, and therefore endorsed his aspiration.

He explained that he and other like minds in the state have taken it upon themselves to draw the attention of the people to the need for a positive change in the government to better their lot.

“We have placed the cards before them. We have been trying to open their eyes to the realities on ground. If they choose to remain the way they are. We have nothing to loose,” he said.

He appealed to Emenike to disregard the criticisms the opposition have been heaping on President Muhammed Buhari, adding that the country had fared better under him than during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) era.

“But not until his coming to power in 2015, this community had never seen a tarred road. Through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), he has done a road for us,” he said.