As the people of Anambra State wait for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release the timetable for the state’s governorship election scheduled for this year, under ground politicking is taking place, as aspirants prepare to test their popularity.
Indeed, as the days go by, more and more aspirants are directly and indirectly joining the fray. While some personally want to contest, some are being asked by those who know their potentiality, to join the race. At the last count, there are no fewer than 42 aspirants in the People Democratic Party (PDP alone. Also, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) have many aspirants.
However, checks revealed that while some of the aspirants are serious, many others are pretenders.
In the race for the Anambra governorship seat are two former governors, who incidentally, were both removed by the court, for the current governor, Mr. Peter Obi to assume and continue office, at different times.
Below are some of the top contenders, including those who joined on their own and those being lobbied to contest.
Barr Dr. Obinna Uzoh:
This urbane, and unassuming politician hails from Ihiala, in Ihiala Local Government Area. He contested the state’s governorship election in 2003 but lost out in the PDP due to the imposition of candidate. Later, his campaign for the seat, on the ticket of the National Democratic party (NDP), was devoid of bitterness. The fact that the court eventually annulled the victory of Ngige and gave it to Governor Obi shows that the contest was not free and fair and therefore, Uzoh’s popularity cannot be rated with the outcome of the 2003 election.Continue reading