The minister of Labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Monday said the government of All Progressives Grand Alliance under ex-governor Peter Obi and the incumbent governor Willie Obiano has not equaled his 34 -month achievements in the state as governor.
He stated this at his Alor home in Idemili South local government area of Anambra state.
Ngige, who was governor of Anambra State before he was sacked by the Court of Appeal on March 15, 2006 , said the Obi and and Obiano administrations had not measured up to expectation.
He said: “APC will be in serious contention for the office of governor next year because we are determined to take over the Government House because we will do better.
“However, it is too early to begin to talk about whether one will contest or not since the election is coming up next year.
“By the Constitution of Nigeria and the Electoral Act, the governorship election will take place perhaps, in December next year.
“Before then, the marshal plan APC has for Nigeria would have been on ground properly as we believe that will help us during the campaigns.
“For now, anybody who is saying he is campaigning for the governorship is only wasting his time as there is still enough time for that.
He added that with his performance as governor between 2003 and 2006, his party would be in good stead for the race.
He added that former Governor Peter Obi and his successor, Chief Obiano, put together could not equal his performance in 34 months in their 10 year reign..
Stating that he had an unbeatable record as governor, Ngige said “Even when they tried to do multiplicity of roads, their roads have collapsed, while the ones I did are still in perfect conditions.
“Even the handover of schools they are priding themselves about was started by me because I was the person that signed the Memorandum of Understanding with religious leaders in the state and handed over 37 schools on paper before we left office.
“If they had followed my agricultural road map , Anambra State would have been feeding the whole south east with rice by now.
“If I were to be governor today, I won’t be going to Abuja for money because our state would have been self-sufficient.”
“ I will get the required licence and begin mining of some minerals in the state, Ngige stated.
Ngige contested against the former governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi for the office in 2010 and against the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano in 2013.
He was a senator from 2011 -2015 before he was appointed a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.