WRITTEN BY EGBUNA AMUTA
Few weeks ago, Governor Willie Obiano, for the umpteenth time, publicly acknowledged that his predecessor, Sir Peter Obi, is a great achiever and his bosom friend.
Chief Obiano reiterated this when a high powered delegation of Agulu People's Union, APU, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Amawbia. The Agulu delegation included Igwe Innocent Obodoakor, Chief Azubike Okoye, representing Anaocha one constituency in the state Assembly, as well as the President-General of the APU and his women wing counterpart among others.
During the parley, Governor Obiano reiterated his gratitude to former Governor Obi for his invaluable role towards his election as the governor of the state. He also reassured Ndi Agulu of his administration's determination to complete all uncompleted projects in their town, inherited from his predecessor, who is a native of Agulu. For their part, the delegation from the Agulu community expressed ratitude to Governor Obiano for his sustained delivery of democracy dividends to their town, and pledged their unflinching support to his government. They also publicly endorsed him for a second term in office.
Indeed, this is a welcome development which came on the heels of an earlier public apology and extension of an olive branch by Governor Obiano to Sir Peter Obi at the Christ the King College, CKC, Onitsha.
That was during the requiem mass for the first indigenous principal of the famous college, late Very Reverend Nicholas Tagbo.
Governor Obiano equally implored his media aides to desist from attacking his political opponents, who are surreptitious sponsoring media war and vile propaganda against him and his government. He has
instead charged his information management team to concentrate on giving wider publicity to the activities, actions, programs and policies of his administration. The governor, who has studiously
remained, focused believes that effective publicity of the activities and achievements of his government would enamor him to Ndi Anambra.
However, there is a school of thought that does not entirely agree with him in this regard. They are of the opinion that while it is proper to vigorously highlight his achievements, it is equally
imperative to debunk all forms of falsehood against the governor.
Otherwise, unchallenged lies against his government would ultimately diminish his rating in the eyes of the public. This is because, according to the hypothesis of Adolf Hitler's propaganda minister,
Joseph Goebbel; an unwary public tend to unwittingly believe lies that are consistently told if such lies are not refuted.
It is therefore a positive development that some media managers of Governor Obiano, recently picked the gauntlet to debunk a false story in the social media allegedly posted by a media aide of a former governor of the state. The offensive story has it that Governor Obiano rented a private jet to fly him to Abuja on an official assignment.
However, it has been proved beyond all reasonable doubts that the private jet that was referred to actually brought a former vice president of the country, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and that Governor Obiano has nothing whatsoever to do with the private jet.
That notwithstanding, even as the governor has directed his media team to sheath their sword, keen observers of Anambra politics are wondering how long he would restrain them from going on the offensive in the face of the ceaseless attacks on his person and government by his desperate political rivals and traducers. Only time will tell.