As the All Progressives Congress(APC)
Party primary for the selection of the Anambra governorship flag bearer for the November 6, 2021 election comes up this weekend, below are some of the finest likely winners as seen from the eye of an observer.
By: Chuks Collins, Awka
Sen Andy Uba,
Senator Andy Nnamdi Emmanuel Uba needs no introduction. Literally speaking, he has been to so many places in such a short time of his emergence in the political horizon of Anambra state.
A man of few words, it could be safely said that his career has been regularly punctuated by one scandal or another.
Evidently he has a morbid fear for company or contest, no matter how minor. The longest he lasted on any position was the eight long years as the Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo of Domestic Affairs.
He was to be settled with the governorship seat of Anambra state, unfortunately the gods had different plans. He got the seat, but it was quickly taken away from him and handed over to Mr Peter Obi.
Ever since, he has been trying without success to reclaim the seat. He has consequently changed political parties, still no way.
In the present dispensation, if the stories making the rounds is anything to go bye, his constant closeness to Gov Hope Uzodinma of Imo State who was handed over the Anambra 2021 Governorship matter by the party to successfully prosecute, Uba might have secured the APC ticket. And whether he would win the main election is a matter for another day.
Incidentally he found himself in the main quartet of the APC who look good of taking the victory in the Anambra guber election. However, no one would discount the negative effect of the Heritage Bank loan scandal currently hanging over his head. The badly written letter by his lawyers notwithstanding, the gamble by the bank was one platform Uba would have used to shine and turn the smear tide in his favour.
Again, it was suspected that wether the smear campaign by the supposed bank against him, first of its kind was good enough to cause the management their license, the Senator was said to be racing against time. He was reliably said to lack the favour of the nation’s seat of power, contrary to the deceptive impression being sold to the Anambra public. Being that he was from the Obj school of politics, the incumbent powers at Aso Rock do not find it funny to walk along with anyone from the past order. That appeared to be Uba’s greatest undoing.
It’s even more scandalous that a man who was reputed to be stupendously rich less than twenty years ago would have so soon resorted to bank borrowing beats anyone’s imagination. Would he really manage a complex and developed economy like Anambra? He is a member of the quartet!
Chief Ben Etiaba,
Etiaba is the eldest son of the former Governor of Anambra state, Dame Virgy Etiaba.
He appear to be among the very few articulate and well prepared for the job. From what he called ‘The New Vision for the Light of the Nation’, premised on five economic pillars involving Security, Education, Health, Agriculture and Integrated Infrastructure, he plans to return Anambra state back to steady development.
He is a well known sports enthusiast and administrator. He left his mark at the Enugu Sports Club. He has spoken in virtually all key Radio/broadcast stations East of the Niger.
He is a workaholic who also reads extensively.
Dr Amobi Nwokafor,
A popular chartered Accountant, like Ben Etiaba. Nwokafor is a very organized, articulate and confident man who has his eyes on how to transform Anambra state.
He sees himself as ‘the right man at the right time’
Col Geff Onyejegbu, (rtd)
A retired soldier diplomat who has tentacles and contacts in all parts of the world. This, he will bring to bear on the opening and development of the state and her citizens.
A versatile and humane administrator, Onyejegbu is desirous of unleashing his package on the state for the benefit of all. He has the clout, the mindset and attitude to pull Anambra back from the lethargic near rudderless leadership it currently has been experiencing.
As a soldier, discipline remains his watchword and would want every aspect of the government business to be done with special precision.
According to him, the penalty for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
As an individual there are limit to which you can operate especially in infrastructural development, youth and women empowerment, creating enabling environment for business and people to thrive.
I’m in the race to prove a point and better the lives of our citizens.
Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
It’s the passport for the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepares for it today.
I will ensure that our children acquire the basic knowledge, by enhancement of existing facilities and quality of education, providing more Infrastructures, enabling environment etc.
Will reduce the cost of education to a minimal level to ensure that every parent gives his/her child the basic education.
I believe that investing in our children’s development through quality education from the earliest age is the single most important contribution we can make to the health and wellbeing of our citizens, their capacity and the future prosperity of our state.
Believing that everything we do and everyone that we meet were put in our path for a purpose. That if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks we will definitely win this primary and main election. We must work hard for what we want because it won’t come to us without efforts.
Dr Hygers Igwebike,
A very level headed man who pledged to be transparent, selfless and vibrant in leadership; provide succour to the people; as well as develop and implement a blueprint for a more economically viable state.
Believing that such will ensure that the enormous human and material potentials that abound in the state could be harnessed and effectively utilized for the good of the citizens and the nation at large.
He is worried that though successive administrations from the era of Dr. Chris Ngige, had consistently done their bit in the development of the State but regretted that none had been able to develop a policy framework for continuity.
‘This is not my first time contesting this very election. I have been in the race before but the reason behind my consistency is that there is a particular thing that is missing and that is the foundation of the state.
‘Anambra state is a project and a project without a solid foundation cannot stand the test of time; it will be like the biblical big house built on sand, and the Bible said “great was the fall”. For instance, when Chris Ngige came in, he focused on road construction. Peter Obi also consolidated; while Obiano too is doing the same, but there is no policy on roads, no policy on water supply. When there are policies, they provide a yardstick for the members of the House of Assembly in their oversight function to know whether things are being done with the set standard. He is a key member of the quartet
Dr George Moghalu
Admitting that he has really come a long way in his desire to serve the state as governor, therefore I thank God Almighty for granting me health, strength and sound mind to think in that direction. It’s not actually about what I have put on ground; it’s about the people of Anambra state. Every election as we all know has two stages-the primaries and the other is the main election.
So the emphasis now is on talking to our party members for them to place their confidence in me. It’s only after successfully concluding the issue of primary and becoming the candidate that i can move my preparations up to the other level that needs to get the entire state involved in the process of contesting in the election. We are indeed doing our best in reaching out and consulting as much as possible. We are talking to friends, party members and colleagues. We are also continuously talking to God ceaselessly to be by our side. As I often say, all power belongs to God and He gives to whom he pleases at His own time.
I have designed a 13-point agenda that I will present to Anambra people when I flag off my campaign. But the very critical issue there is the fact that our people have lost confidence in government. Our people don’t trust government anymore. They don’t believe Government. They don’t see the sincerity in government. So, this glaring loss of confidence is a primary concern. It’s something that requires urgent attention. Therefore if I win the nomination today, that will be a major consideration for me.
Another key issue is Security which we all know is the primary responsibility of government. Because we can only talk about economic prosperity in a secure environment. So that is key in governance.
Then we consider the issue of infrastructure. Because for a stable and thriving economy there must be a functional, standard infrastructure base that cut across.
Since you asked or three points I have to limit myself to this three.
we keep spending, because I strongly believe that if there is any calling I have, it’s to be my brothers’ keeper. And that is what am working towards.
When asked to address Ndi Anambra ahead the party primary coming at the weekend, Moghalu said, “like I have always told them, let them trust me. I appeal to all, I come with a sincere aim, commitment and dedication to serve. I am someone who is ever conscious of the judgment of history. I want to be remembered for positive reasons. I always said that no one is ever remembered for his material wealth or acquisition. What people are remembered for are their contributions to the society. How they have served humanity.
I say it always that public office is a trust given to you by God Almighty. If you don’t account here, you will account in the world hereafter. It is sure. That’s why I pity fellow politicians who act without deep or consideration
He belongs to the quartet!
Dr Chidozie Nwankwo,
The exuberance and zeal is infectious, especially being his first attempt in politics, but do not sound like a greenhorn at all. Apparently because he surrounded himself with experienced political technocrats.
He noted that our problem is leadership. So far we have not been lucky to get people with the ideal experience, zeal and know how. It requires one with the ability to achieve the set goals. Except for a few, like Sen Chris Ngige, and Mr Peter Obi. Their achievements that I can describe as the foundation need to be improved upon.
So people like myself, I have established and own successful businesses in no fewer than seven countries in the world today. This means I have successfully managed men and material resources in different environment, scenarios financial ideologies. I have in each of these businesses reached the apex, and that alone has singled me out of all other contestants -who are either administrative/managerial neophytes or mere vocal/hot air blowers in leadership. Little wonder we have continued to wobble with our future and development where people who have no affinity or plan with even their immediate environment, let alone the state are often foisted on the citizens to endure their baggage of character flaws.
Anambra is richly endowed with people who are creative. In the entire nation, most of the flourishing businesses are owned and managed by sons and daughters of Anambra state and that has singled us from the crowd. So if you look at our infrastructure and projections, it doesn’t translate to who we are and who we ought to be. Looking at the citizens of the state who were given the equivalent of only twenty Naira after the civil war and where we are today, it clearly explains the intellectual industry and capability that God endowed us with.
Therefore what we need are people who have justified themselves in their chosen fields of human endeavors. People who have verifiable pedigree and records that can be able to transform this state to the place of our dreams.
I will try to decongest Onitsha, Nnewi and then be able to set out five mega projects. Then the Awka capital city and environs need to be given a major lift. Within my first 100 days we will be able to set the stage going to show Anambra what we intend to do in the first one year.
The first 100 days would be used to kickstart what to expect in the next one year. It’s to show Anambra and her citizens that we are not making empty promises.
He is a member of the quartet.
Other aspirants include: Chief Azuka Okwuosa, Mr. Paul Izuchukwu Orajiaka, Mr. Edozie Madu, Mr. Maxwell Okoye, Chief Ikeobasi Mokelu, Rev Godwin Okonkwo, and Chief Johnbosco Onunkwo, popularly called “the digital governor”.