USAfrica: Anambra Gov-elect OBIANO says “my election reflects God’s grace”; thanks Obi, Anambra voters

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OBIANO says “my election reflects God’s grace”; thanks Gov. Peter Obi, Anambra voters. 

By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfricaonline.comCLASSmagazine, IgboEvents e-groupNigeria360 e-group and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston.

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USAfrica: The high achieving son of Aguleri and banking technocrat Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano who — a few hours ago — was declared winner of the Anambra 2013 Governorship election, told USAfricaonline.comCLASSmagazine, and IgboEvents e-group Publisher that “There are several extraordinary circumstances and events regarding my position today

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that only God’s favour could have been at work. I am very thankful for these special blessings.”

During their exclusive chat, Obiano, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) who holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting (1979) and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Lagos, offered “special thanks to the voters of Anambra State for their steadfastness especially the incumbent Governor Peter Obi for his support and record of achievements as an APGA Governor. With divine grace everything is possible. As you, Chido, knew from day one when it all started, I believe that my election as Governor really reflects God’s grace.” He is a devout Catholic with his wife Osodieme V.E Obiano.

Obiano of APGA was announced by Prof. James Epoke, the Anambra State 2013 returning officer in the governorship election, as having satisfied all the requirements of the law “and is hereby declared winner.”

The combined tally of votes from the November 16th election and the November 30th supplementary election showed Obiano as having won 25 per cent in 18 of the 21 local government areas of the state; more than the required two thirds.

Obiano’s opponents from the APC (Dr. Chris Ngige), Labour Party (Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah) and PDP (Mr. Tony Nwoye) boycotted the November 30 supplementary elections taking place mainly in Ngige’s main districts of relative strength. They allege irregularities and lack of voting materials in some stations. Obiano’s vote tally from INEC has since put him on a commanding, insurmountable lead with at least 17 local governments (out of 21). They have also threatened to go to court over disagreements on the conduct and fairness of the elections — an arena where APGA Chairman Victor Umeh has said the aggrieved parties should go to election tribunals.

Obiano retired as Executive Director at Fidelity Bank of Nigeria, and has several experiences and training in the corporate world. His candidacy was strongly backed by the APGA incumbent Governor Peter Obi.

In May 2012, in Houston, Texas, at the 19th anniversary of USAfrica and the annual USAfrica BEST OF AFRICA awards, Chief Willie Obiano was honored as Banker of the Year 2012; alongside dignitaries such as Nigeria’s deputy Speaker Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, U.S Congressman Al Green and several oil and gas heavyweights.

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USAfrica notes that the immediate, next challenge for Obiano is moving past the

USAfrica: Anambra Gov-elect OBIANO says “my election reflects God’s grace”; thanks Obi, Anambra voters
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combustion of the campaign, anticipated legal-court case(s) and partisan conflict with his opponents. Simultaneously, Obiano will have to move to the important task of governance and live up to the very high expectations of the APGA party faithful and thousands of non-partisan Anambra professionals who supported his candidacy.

As he balances those challenges and lays the framework for governance, Governor-elect Obiano should profit from the words of the greatest writer of African descent, Chinua Achebe: it’s morning yet on creation day….                                                                                               •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com, has served as adviser on Africa business to the Mayor of Houston (America’s 4th largest city). He appears as an analyst on CNN, SkyNews, and is completing the 2014 book titled MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness.

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MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of GreatnessForthcoming 2014 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives Mandela_Achebe_book-by-Chido_2013_cover-LrsMandela_Achebe_book-by-Chido_2013_cover-Lrsand friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

 

Long Live, CHINUA ACHEBE! The Eagle on the iroko.                    

FULL text of this tribute-commentary at USAfricaonline.com click link  https://usafricaonline.com/2013/03/22/long-live-chinua-achebe-by-chido-nwangwu

ACHEBE Lives As an Immortal Writer In Our Hearts and Minds. By Chido Nwangwu.                USAfrica, May 22, 2013: https://usafricaonline.com/2013/05/22/achebe-lives-as-an-immortal-writer-by-chido-nwangwu/

ThisDay  Sunday May 26, 2013.  http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/achebe-lives-as-an-immortal-writer-in-our-hearts-and-minds/148550/

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