It’s a fact that Nigeria has suffered from poor admisnitrators over the years, and successive Eastern governments have had remarkable imprint of such mediocrity. Let’s start by saying the SE region is still miles away from real development. Many thanks to private capital, mostly from ’Nwa afors’; if not, Igbo land won't be less different from the middle belt, SW (except Lagos) and the the Northern regions. However, some regions beat us when it comes to public fund utilizations, which could be attributed to be centrally (FG) induced, accountability and some other forces. But don't get it mixed up, Nigeria still remains backwards when leveled up on an international scale.
Focusing on the OP’s remark, I would contribute to the debate by assuming we are using the Nigeria gauge of development in this analysis. That said, it's modest to say only Anambra has attained such feat, with Enugu, Imo, Abia and them Ebonyi trailing behind in same order.
The duo- Obi and Obiano- have done well regarding utilization of public funds in the state. To be sincere, if not for the dirty central politics we practice, Anambra could have achieved more. But, kudos to indigens of the state: they are the real champions of the ’aku n’lo’ mantra. Their private investment surpassed that of the government, which is a contributing factor of the haphazard pattern of development.
Meaningful development could be seen around state capitals of Enugu, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi, but this is yet to be widespread. Aba, for example, is in mess. If not for the resilient of the locals, Aba could be mistaken for war-torn Syria. Though I may commend the governor of Ebonyi on the quality of his projects, but mediocrity still runs in the system.
Enugu (city) and Owerri, if you take out Diaspora funds flowing majoly into real estate and hospitality, they are truly no substantial ventures to fuel the wheels of ’new money’.
We, as people, needs to get our priority right by having a longterm, development blueprint....see Dubai! Like the OP remark, we should vote in genuine technocrats who understand what ’real’ development is and entails. A plan that will be followed by successive governments when they come in, and not everyone doing what he/she pleases.
Also, there is a dire need to increase the revenue base in the region, through technology and being honest. Investments should be touted into health and education sectors. Imagine if ten (10) out of those numerous 4-stars hotels in Awka, Enugu and Owerri were hospitals...lol. We need a paradigm shift from ventures that used to produce old monies to ’new money-spinning’ institutions.
I believe we will get it right someday; hopefully in my lifetime