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Anambra 2017: Titanic Battle Underway as Obiano, Nwoye, Obaze Chidoka Square Up

Osita Chidoka

For the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Its candidate is Chief Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor of the state. He hails from Aguleri, in Anambra North Local Government Area. LGA, of the state.

With his giant developmental strides which have impacted on the lives of his people, he is the candidate to beat. With his performances in the state, different segments of the society, including opinion leaders and the masses, have at different times given him their endorsements, leaving no one in doubt that the coming election may, in fact, have been decided, if the entire process are to be free and fair.

The fascinating thing about the wide endorsements that Obiano has garnered is that people who admire his style of governance and his stellar performance in the past three years go beyond Anambra state.

Tony Nwoye

 Among the very importance personalities and opinion leaders who believe that Obiano has done tremendously well and should be allowed a second chance include former secretary- General of the commonwealth, Dr Emeka Anyaoku, Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, former presidential Adviser and Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) stalwart, Ben Obi, and former minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili.

On zoning: Many people from the North zone have been arguing that he should be allowed to do eight years like former Governor, Peter Obi from Anambra central before it shifts to another zone. However, the people of the state are also arguing that there was no written agreement in the state that candidates from respective zone must do two tenures, they explained that Obi was able to break the jinx of one tenure in the state, because of his excellence performance from his first attempt in office.

The main argument of politicians from the south is that former governor, Chinwoke Mbadinuju was not allowed to go for second term and and as a result candidates from the zone have every right to seek for election so as to correct the perceived injustice done to the zone in 2003, when Dr. Chris Ngige from Anambra central was elected.

But Obiano’s camp is also arguing that the best option for the south is for politicians from the zone to support the incumbent and take the slot naturally from him come 2022. The candidate of the All Progressive Congress Party (APC) is Tony Nwoye. Presently, he is a member representing Anambra East\ west federal constituency in the House of Representatives.

Nwoye emerged APC standard flag-bearer in the just concluded Party’s primary, held in Awka, Anambra. He hails from Offianta Nsugbe, in Oyi Local Government area of the state and from the same North Senatorial zone with Governor Willie Obiano.

The Federal House member, started his political career as a medical student at the University of Nigeria Nsukka where ere he functioned in different capacities as a student union leader.

Nwoye was noted for being an outstanding student unionist. He later , became the first medical student to became the speaker of the student union at the university of Nigeria and contested in the last governorship election under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) As political events continue to unfold in Anambra state, especially as they concern the primary election of the party, would determine the outcome which was greatly influenced by an unwritten charter of equity and power rotation among three senatorial districts in the state.

Governor Willie Obiano

Although as it affects Nwoye’s candidacy, reports were rife that he entered into a deal with Chief Arthur Eze to bankroll his election in a return for some juicy positions. The business mogul had last week debunked such insinuations and agreement being leveled against him.

Dr Oseloka Obaze candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP): a former secretary to the Anambra state government under governors Peter Obi and Willie Obiano administrations. Has a senior United Nations official and hails Ochuchu Umuodu, Ogbaru local government area, North senatorial zone of the state.

In his recent interview, Dr. Obaze spoke on how he managed to rise to become a top politician and successful businessman, irrespective of his humble background. In a tactical conciliatory move, Obaze, has appealed to other PDP aspirants to join him in ensuring that the party wins the November 18th gubernatorial election. In his words:” I thank God for this day and the outcome of our party primaries. I am humbled by this show of confidence reposed on me by the representative electorate of our great party, PDP.

“I thank our party leadership, the executive governors who oversaw the electoral process, the PDP South-east zonal leaders, and the Anambra state PDP caretaker committee, under the able leadership of prof. ABC Nwosu. “I thank and congratulate my fellow aspirants for their graciousness and extend a hand of fellowship to them and invite them to join me in the campaign to win the government house for our party.

“I thank my friends, family, admirers and supporters immensely. To Ndi Anambra, “I promise in humility to remain focused on the campaign to turn Anambra around and deliver good governance to our people because Anambra deserves better. Osita Chidoka is the candidate of the United Peoples’ Party (UPP): Chidoka is a native of Obosi, in Idemili south local government area, Anambra Central senatorial zone.

He served as corps marshal of the federal Road safety commission (FRSC) and one time minister of Aviation under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. The former minister boasted that during his tenure, he transformed the FRSC from a ‘docile brick and mortar’ agency in road traffic administration and safety management driven by information and communication technology.

Godwin Ezeemo

In a recent interview, he said: “We introduced ICT to enhance patrol operations; we established modern communications centres, deployed phones to capture offenders as well as increased capacity building for the men and personnel of the corps so as to attain globally acceptable standards.

From the FRSC I, became Minister of Aviation where I set new standards in aviation safety in the country” “I will replicate what I did at the FRSC and the Ministry of Aviation in Anambra state if given the mandate in the forthcoming November 18th 2017 governorship election.” Meanwhile, the movement of Biafrans in Nigeria(MOBIN) during the week said it had withdrawn its support for the UPP.

MOBIN had a mutual agreement with UPP to be the party’s mobilising agent on the promise that the party would pursue the ideologies of Biafra which it says is based on justice, truth and equity. But the organisation said it was pulling out of the arrangement, alleging that UPP failed in keeping its own part of the accord.

A statement by the Director General of MOBIN, Rita Anigbogu stated: “The movement of Biafrans in Nigeria(MOBIN) wishes to inform the general public that it has withdrawn its support for the United Progressive Party(UPP). “Earlier this year, the UPP presented itself as the ideal political Biafrans can get good governance in our struggle for freedom.

On this premise, MOBIN had worked assiduously, believing that it was building a formidable haven the interest of Biafrans. Although, the former minister has a better chance to win the election based on his pedigree but the issue of zoning may hinder him as he comes from the central senatorial zone.

Ozeloka Obaze

Godwin Ezeemo, is the Progressive Peoples Alliance(PPA) candidate: He is a native of Umuojogwo- Amanasaa village in umuchu, Aguata Local government area of the state. He is from the Anambra south senatorial zone. Ezeemo is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, farmer, industrialist and publisher of Daily Orient newspaper.

During one of his campaigns, he promised to address the challenges facing children and youths in the state. “Anambra needs leadership that will look youths and empower children.

That is my dream and vision for contesting Anambra governorship election. “We will declare free Education, at least from primary to the junior secondary school-JSS 3”, he said. It’s generally believed that the contest is between the APGA, APC and PDP because the three candidates Comes from the same senatorial zone.

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