On November 6 the entire Nigeria will set their attention on Anambra state for the 2021 Governorship election to elect new Governor for the state.
The leading candidates in the race are; Chief Obiora Okonkwo of Zenith Labour Party, ZLP; Professor Chukwuma Soludo of All Progressive Grand Alliance; Senator Andy Uba of All Progressive Congress; and Mr Valentine Ozigbo of Peoples Democratic Party. If we are to be honest without sentiment, only one among these candidates is deserving our votes.
Mr Valentine Ozigbo of PDP is a puppet of Peter Obi, and has no support of the people and the party. Even the National Assembly members from the state are not in support of him. Many senior party chiefs, including Hon Azubogu and Senator Stella Oduah declined to be part of his campaign council. Besides, he is not seen as the valid candidate of PDP in the eyes of the law because an unpopular Senator Ugochukwu Uba is the recognised candidate for now.
Prof Chukwuma Soludo, the candidate of APGA, is seen as the lapdog and godson of outgoing Governor Willie Obiano. Despite his fame, his unpopularity in the state is unprecedented as he has not touched lives of people in his community. He is also in contention with Hon Chuma Umeoji for the nomination of the party.
Senator Andy Uba of APC is a colossal failure. The underdevelopment of Anambra state can be traced to him as an individual, and the Ubas as family. Besides, his party is a BIG NO to Ndi-Anambra state.
The only candidate with solid credentials is Dr Obiora Okonkwo Dikeora of Zenith Labour Party, ZLP.
Chief Obiora Okonkwo of ZLP was a strong and committed member of PDP until the party through the infamous suspended chairman, Uche Secondus, and a former governor of Anambra state, Chief Peter Obi, manipulated the process by denying over 3000 delegates of their right to freely elect the party flagbearer simply because they want to coronate a new entrant in the race and adopted godson of Obi, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, at the party’s primary election.
Penultimate to the charade, majority of the party’s adhoc, statutory and automatic delegates across the entire local government areas of the state were prepared to hand the party’s mandate to Dr Okonkwo due to his laudable plans for the state.
The delegates aligned with Dr Okonkwo because of his commitment to their welfare as a people and as party, his programs for the state, his antecedents as private citizen, and most importantly, his resolve to be a man (and Governor) whose loyalty is primarily to the indigenes of the state and not a self proclaimed godfather.
An interesting aspect of Dr Obiora Okonkwo is that all his promises to Anambra state are things that he has been doing as private citizens for several years due to the fact that God has blessed him with wealth and compassion for his people. This cannot be said candidates of other parties.
Following the self inflicted tragedy that hit PDP on the evening of the primary, party stakeholders and citizens of the state prevailed on the businessman to switch to Zenith Labour Party and actualise his ambition; a call he heeded to as a people servant.
The case of Dr Obiora is similar to what played out in 2007 in Ondo state when Governor Segun Agagu was foisted on the PDP members by President Olusegun Obasanjo for a second term despite the preference of the stakeholders and the people of the state for Dr Olusegun Mimiko. The unrelenting party members simply prevailed on Dr Mimiko to switch to Labour Party, and mobilised the people of the state to cast their votes for him (the party) at the main election in a historic victory.
While the case of Ondo state was about PDP members queuing behind Mimiko, the case of Anambra state is about PDP members, APC members and APGA members queuing behind Dr Obiora Okonkwo of ZLP because no one want someone that will be a puppet to his godfather nor a crooked individual to preside over our dear state.