Governor Obiano stated this while marking the country’s 58th Independence Anniversary celebration at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka.
The Governor said the 2019 elections would be a watershed in the history of the nation and charged political parties to use their primary elections to build a robust democratic culture.
Governor Obiano stressed the need for political actors to embrace the primary elections as a family affair and not allow their differences to create unnecessary rifts in the polity.
He urged the citizens to pray for God’s guidance in tackling issues confronting the nation.
In an interview, a former Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Chief Simon Okeke, called for the practice of true federalism to move the country forward.
The member representing Anambra Central District at the National Assembly, Senator Victor Umeh, pointed out that the country was in dire need of restructuring to fast track development.
Also, the Special Adviser to Governor Obiano on Political Matters, Chief Ifeatu Obi- Okoye, called for the proper management of resources to improve the nation’s economy.
The Managing Director of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), the Venerable Amechi Okwuosa, urged political leaders to offer appointments to the right people who would help in driving the nation’s economy.
A political stakeholder, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, said there was the need to include youths in all facets of national life, while a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr. Pete Ibida, reiterated the need for the independence of the legislature to build a lasting democratic culture.
The celebration, which attracted government functionaries, senior security commanders, political and traditional leaders, featured march past by pupils, students, Police, uniformed and voluntary organizations, calisthenics display and renditions by the Police Band.