The leadership of Labour Party in Anambra State has scored the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano low in socio-economic development of the state.
It also accused the governor of despotic tendencies just as it alleged that the governor has over bloated personal aides.
Addressing journalists yesterday at Udoka Housing estate, Awka, the state capital, the state chairman of the party, Comrade Luke Ezeanokwasa, noted that there was a setback in the tempo and urgency in delivering democracy dividend as initiated by Dr. Chris Ngige and Mr. Peter Obi in the state.
According to him, “the tempo and the urgency in infrastructural development in the state has suddenly slowed down and crawling almost to a halt in the present administration of Chief Wille Obiano.
“We are yet to ascertain the direction and tone of his government, especially as it relates to the welfare of the people of Anambra State.
“Some of the raging issues, which are capable of derailing our democracy are: the unusual intervention in the leadership of market unions and the attendant disquiet and simmering hostilities it has created. It has made it urgent for us to sincerely engage the government constructively so as to avert the looming crisis that may emerge from insensitive usurpation of democratic structures in the market unions.
“We are therefore appealing to the government to as a matter of urgency dismantle the various caretaker committees in our markets and allow the traders to democratically elect their leaders.”
Ezeanokwasa further stated that “Our party also frowns upon the increasing level of illegal and multiple taxes orchestrated by agents masquerading as government revenue collectors to fleece our traders and citizens of their hard earned resources in our various markets. This is sadder given that our occupational mainstay is trading and continued abuse by these illegal revenue collectors will make our markets unattractive and will drive customers from the traders in favour of nearby markets.”
He condemned the manner in which pensioners are increasingly finding it difficult to access their pensions and gratuities which were never neglected by the past administrations.
In his contribution, the national deputy chairman of the party (South), Comrade Calistus Okafor, vowed that his party would deploy every democratic means to ensure that Obiano would not get a second term, saying that the 15-month administration of the governor has shown that he has no direction.