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INEC says Anambra election to hold November 6

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday released the guidelines for the Anambra State governorship elections, declaring that the election will hold on November 6 this year.

The commission also released the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the governorship election.

According to a statement by the INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, the electoral body said that the guidelines and schedule of activities is in line with the virtue of Section 178(1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Section 25(7) & (8) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

He said that by the constitutional provisions, the election into the office of a state governor shall hold not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office.

Okoye stated that constitutionally “the tenure of the Governor of Anambra State will expire on the March 17, 2022 and the earliest date for the election into the office of Governor, Anambra State, shall be October 18, 2021 and the latest date for the election shall be February 15, 2022.”

“In the exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Constitution, the Electoral Act and all other powers enabling it in that regard, the commission has fixed 6th November 2021 as the date for the conduct of the Anambra State governorship election.

“Consequently, the commission hereby issues the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election,” Okoye explained.

Okoye said that the commission will issue the statutory notice for election on June 9, 2021, adding that the Collection of Forms EC9 (formerly CF001) and EC9B (formerly CF002) for the election will take place on June 10, 2021 and the conduct of party primaries and resolution of disputes arising from the primaries will take place on June 10 to July 1, 2021.

“The personal particulars of the candidates will be published on July 16, 2021 and the parties will commence campaigns on August 8, 2021. The final list of nominated candidates will be published on October 7, 2021.

“The commission enjoins all the registered political parties to pay close attention to the timelines and schedule of activities outlined in the timetable and schedule of activities as they are constitutional and statutorily provisions,” Okoye stated.

INEC enjoined all political parties to conduct rancour-free primaries, guarantee level-playing field for all aspirants and conduct necessary due diligence on all forms and documents that will be submitted to the commission.

Also, he said that the commission is concerned about the spate of acrimonious primaries as well as the nomination of unqualified candidates, which results in avoidable litigations, and the nullification of elections by election petition tribunals.

“We urge all the stakeholders to support the commission’s efforts to strengthen the electoral process, including the deployment of technology to deliver free, fair and credible elections,” Okoye said.

Also, by the notice of guidelines signed by the secretary of INEC, Mrs. Rose Orioran Anthony, the notice of election would be out on June 6, while collection of forms will commence June 10.

Anambra Governorship Election: The Way Forward

By: Emeh Udo

When Democratic governance returned to Anambra State in 1999, the people celebrated. After years spent under repressive military juntas, democracy was a welcome relief. But the succour many thought will be ushered into the state remains: politicians plunder the State’s resources, institute retrogressive policies and borrow copiously from military strongmen’s playbook.

Given decades of neglect of infrastructure and bad governance, the shift in human migration has posed problems for the state. Infrastructure improvements, both physical and social, have lagged behind the growth in population. There are problems in environmental sanitation, erosion control, and provision of social services. Major cities have become characterized by inadequate and deteriorated road networks and walkways, unregulated building patterns, poor sanitation, uncontrolled street trading, mountains of garbage, and chaotic transport systems, creating congestion, noise pollution, and overcrowding.

As the shadow political campaigns continue before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for the next gubernatorial elections in Anambra, the legion of aspirants are already spending mouth-watering amounts of money to pull voters to their side. But, recent experience has shown that election spending does not determine capacity or reflect the character of the candidate, which are the two crucial legs upon which the race is contested.

It is expected that the governorship poll would be keenly contested between the incumbent All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the major opposition parties in state, including Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and Young Progressives Party (YPP). Out of the top gubernatorial aspirants that would emerge from the four political parties the one that could succeed Governor Obiano appears to be a dark horse.

It is evident that true Leadership is more about competence and capacity regardless of how old you are. In a sane society, leadership is inter-relations between the wisdom of the old and the energy of the youth. Although it is applaudable that the #NotTooYoungToRun has enabled that new faces and the youths contest for office, with the projections of the PACT event, one can also question if a person who resides within a corruption enabling society such as Nigeria will efficiently lead a State.
The voters in Anambra must, therefore, understand that advocating for a new face is part of the transition and solution the State needs. To get to that Eldorado we continually yearn for, we must first seek a reorientation of those who become our leaders because the mentality of the bulk of those who lead the current political space has not helped.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and desperate measure begets special men and women who convert themselves into vessels to rescue humanity.

Every generation has a choice to make, they can choose to either be wasteful with opportunities that come with every electoral cycle or they can stand up for what is right. It is not up to the next generation to fix the issues that are fundamentally wrong in Anambra; the youths and people of all ages can make a positive difference by voting for an ideal candidate. The only option we have is to be a great generation, and I like the way Nelson Mandela said it, he said “sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you be that great generation, but now the responsibility is upon you to let your greatness blossom…”
Encourage those who you know, who have been doing great things with little or no resources, making a difference, encourage them to run for office, and don’t be the one that tweets ‘let us see what experience he has’, don’t be the one that discourages people, because those who want to steal from you don’t need any encouragement, the money they want to take from the Anambra people serves as their inspiration.

I implore everyone to join hands and press for a new experience as we align with pragmatic and exemplary leaders to lift Anambra out of the doldrums and position it as one of the leading States in Nigeria.

Udo writes from Awka

ANAMBRA 2021:I Will Revive Education- Chika Jerry Okeke(Guber Aspirant)

Just like Awolowo did to the West, so will I do to Anambra State. My government will pay special attention to education. Minimum wage for the teachers will be raised higher to attract qualified teachers most especially male teachers to the sector thereby injecting more seriousness and discipline into our students Teachers should be given car loans and affordable houses.

My government would not collect any school fees from primary 1 to 6 school pupils. All the exams conducted in the state would be free of charge.

I will pay special attention to schools in rural communities because I want to be the governor of the poor.

With the exception of Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Awka South and Nnewi North LGAs, my government will build 17 new secondary schools. One in each of the 17 LGAs in the rural areas of the state. The new schools which should be boarding schools will be model and of world class standard. Special exams should determine who gets admission into the schools. The children of the poorest of the poor who are brilliant enough should have the opportunity to study in thoe schools. The schools should be tuition free, free uniform, free feeding and free textbooks

I will launch education tax fund in the state and money will be raised to renovate all the schools in the state from primary to secondary schools. I will bring back the boarding school system in some schools. I will build teachers quarters in most schools as well as principals” houses.

There should be functional e-libraries in our schools and functional science laboratories.

There must be at least one standard technical college in each of the 21 LGAs.

I will build one standard teachers training college TTC in Anambra state into to train my teachers.

All the PTA teachers presently suffering in our public schools will be trained and converted to permanent teachers. I will officially announce this on my inaugural speech in March 2022 during my swearing in ceremony as the brand new governor of Anambra state. About 10 thousand teachers will be recruited in education sector before the expiration of my 100 days in office.

Fellow Anambrarians, you don’t need to know somebody that knows somebody before you get a job in Anambra. You don’t need to fast and pray again before getting government jobs in Anambra State. We have disturbed God enough. The time for Grace is now. And God will take all the Glory.

Teachers will be promoted based on the performance of the students. One best teacher in each of the educational zones in the state will be rewarded with a brand new car or its cash equivalent. Other nominees will get consolation prizes.

There should be one state university, one state polytechnic and one state college of education in each of the three senatorial zones in the state to take care of admission problems of our youths that want to study.

I will reactivate the Anambra state scholarship board to take care of our students that want to study abroad or at federal universities. There should also be a bursary award in each of the 21 LGAs

Poverty will cease to be a barrier to any one who wants to excel in education.

The money I will use to revamp education sector will be raised through grant and funds especially from UNESCO, affluent Anambrarians, our friends and people in diaspora and as well as education tax fund.

Chika Jerry, gubernatorial aspirant for Anambra State 2021

Anambra 2021: Looking beyond money, name and personality

As the race into the government house, Awka, Anambra State come 2021 gathers momentum, it becomes pertinent for Anambra people to take a cursory look at the journey so far to enable them make an informed decision as to who will be at the helm of affairs as the governor.

There is no gain saying the fact that Anambra State parades the best and the brightest in virtually every sphere of life ranging from commerce, industry, business, academia, entrepreneurship, politics, etc.

Anambra in every aspect you look at it is the leader of the Igbo race. If Anambra gets it right the rest of Igbo race will follow. This is one of the major reasons every Igbo person should pick interest in the upcoming Anambra election. Anambra State is the industrial hub of Nigeria. No wonder the slogan of the state is ”Light of the Nation”.

In the south east geopolitical zone, Anambra State has produced gladiators like the great Zik of Africa, Dr.Alex Ekwueme, former vice president of Nigeria, Sir Nwafor Orizu, former senate President, Sir Louise Odumegwu Ojukwu, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Ikemba Nnewi, and the likes. In the chequered political history of the state, these names have been prominent as the past governors of the state: they are Dr. Chris Ngige, Mr.Peter Obi, today, it is Chief Willie Obiano of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, a party that was formed by Chekwas Okorie and built around the personality of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Ojukwu.

It is therefore clear that the battle of who clings any political office, especially the governorship position in the state will never be expected to be a smooth one, but highly prolific and competitive anchored on name, money and personality. But this is a mistake Anambra people must not repeat. Anambra needs a dedicated chief servant, not a money lord, expired politician or a godson that will be controlled by his or her godfathers.

This time, the test for who will be a Governor in the Light of the nation should be a simple and single one: someone who will boldly disregard other ethnic forces like Arewa, Afenifere and any other powers or persons and do what is right for our people.

Someone who can move on with Anambra economic and political development without looking over his shoulders wondering whether anyone is angry at him/her. This was the character Tinubu showed that helped him in building Lagos.

Someone who have the capacity and political sagacity to tackle insecurity, pass anti grazing bill, launch our own Amotekun. If we’re to tell ourselves the truth, most of those glamouring to govern with entrenched deep political links and expansive business interest will be too politically correct to carry out these radical surgeries.

The above stand was influenced by the recent event that made me to have a rethink. Just of recent l was rooting for Dr. Godwin Maduka, but the recent revelation coming from no other source than Anambra fearless political amazon, Ekwunife, made me to change my mind.

Senator Uche Ekwunife in a widely covered outing at Awka few days back lampooned Dr Godwin Maduka, a front-runner in the governorship race coming up next year. She bluntly told her audience at GeoGold hotel in Awka that the United States of America based medical doctor believes that he can intimidate other aspirants with his wealth which she promised the audience that he will expose the rotten source of Dr. Maduka’s wealth at the right time. She was adamant that Dr. Maduka is disconnected from the people of Anambra state and therefore not a good material that will fly the governorship flag of PDP come November, 2021. In buttressing her points, she wondered why the show of brutal wealth and outright disrespect to other aspirants by Dr. Maduka during the opening of his campaign office near Aroma, Awka. According to Senator Ekwunife, she knows the source of the ill gotten wealth of Dr. Maduka.

We know what Doctors who majored in pain treatments do. We know how they manage hard drugs obtained for the treatment of their patients. At the right time, Nigerians will know the source of the wealth he flaunts. She vowed that over her dead body will she allow a hard drug dealer to fly the flag of PDP during the governorship election.

No doubt, this might be a political brick stone being thrown at an enemy by a political opponent. But, politics apart, this calls for caution by anyone that loves Anambra. Let’s not be dazzled into Dr. Maduka’s display of wealth, making money and leadership aren’t the same. Most wealthy merchants who ventured into politics have proven that there’s a great wall of difference between the two. Most of them couldn’t separate between running their private enterprise and public business.

In this category also falls Dr. Chidozie Nwankwo, the Chairman/CEO of Wichtech Group, an indigenous company that is into manufacturing and selling of building materials with over 4000 staff and over 200 agent offices across Nigeria. Mr Godwin Chukwunenye Ezeemo, Mr.Valentine Chineto Ozigbo and most importantly Senator Ifeanyi Patrick Uba. Undoubtedly all these great business achivers have the intellectual capacity and leadership quality to govern Anambra State. But because of their vested political and business interest, they will be naturally busy looking across their shoulders not to offend the powers that be. That’s not what Anambra needs now.

The forthcoming governorship election in the state must be a different ball game, different from what has been obtained in the past. The People of Anambra should be wary of these obvious facts l pointed above and look for a candidate that has the potential and capacity to give Anambra people the governor of their dream for posterity and socio-economic legacy. A candidate with rooted political and economic interest that’s rooted on political godfatherism, money and Abuja cannot achieve this.

In the emerging global trends, leadership has gone beyond material acquisition and personality. Leadership now revolves around vision and reality. Yes, money play a role, but should not be the basic standard to determine who picks party ticket. Anambra people should look beyond sentiment and pick the kind of personality that can radically take the state to the level of mini Dubai, which is supposed to be her right place. And only someone with radical ideas can achieve such. As a result, it is time for a paradigm shift as far as the political leadership of Anambra State is concerned. In order to bring out the very best in the state from the array of gifted human resources that abound in the state, the people must take a critical look at the immediate past to see how they have been able to manage their successes and the abundant human resources God has blessed them with. Believe me, with Senator Uche Ekwunife widely covered outing at Awka that lampooned Dr Godwin Maduka, Maduka is out of the equation. Though am not rushing in judgment, but like the saying, “there’s no smoke without fire”, i won’t dismiss what Iyom said in a hurry.

There are some other entrants into Anambra politics that we need to consider, while others are well known people within and outside the shores of Anambra. Big masquerades like: Dr.Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Engr. Chris Azubogu, Chief Chukwunenye Ezeemo, Mr.Valentine Chineto Ozigbo, Dr Ifedi Okwenna, Dr. Chidozie Nwankwo, Nze Akachukwu Nwkpo and other heavyweights will be firing from all cylinders in 2021.

When you take cursory look at the names of these gladiators, you will notice they’re mostly technocrats and full time politicians like Senator Ekwunife and Senator Ubah. But with the fight Senator Ekwunife has started with Dr. Godwin Maduka there’s going be too much mood and dirty politics between both sides. The battle is going to be so fierce that both of them must have been so destroyed before heading to Agu Oka. So the best thing for ndi Anambra is to look beyond them.

The Young Progressive Party (YPP) likely candidate Senator Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah (Ebubechukwuzor Nnewi) could have been a better choice, he is youth friendly and has lots of projects scattered across Anambra, especially, now that majority of people that matters in Anambra State are looking towards South. But, handing over the purse of Anambra State to the control of a business tycoon that has billions of debt hanging over his neck will be very fatal. With his properties at the risk of being taken over by AMCON, Senator Ubah will naturally pay himself first, pay his debt and rebuild with Anambra commonwealth before remembering Anambra people. There’s no secret about this, it’s the natural law of nature.

Still going down to the South, since the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) has zoned its party governorship slot to this particular zone, one could have thought that Soludo will pick it on a platter of gold. Especially, with the rumor going round that he’s the candidate of the governor. But that’s not the case. For reason that has to do with his attitude towards politics, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has over the years, lost his popularity among Anambra people. His social life is not people oriented, he’s not in touch with his people. He lacks the capacity to reach out, if APGA were he has ran to in order to hide behind Willy Obiano and sneak to the Lion House gives him ticket, even his Isuofia community might desert him. With one Clinic that has one nurse and bad roads, the people have considered his previous position to be of no use. Even, mare looking at the impacts the former Emir of Kano that took over from him made in the northern educational circle, through CBN critical interventions, which Soludo failed woefully to do. Most Igbo politicians are not happy with him. APGA is most likely to lose the general election if the party handover the ticket to him.

But as it stands now, with the right ticket and support of the religious, traditional native political pillars of Anambra to APGA. Firstly, because of the Ojukwu factor, secondly, because it is seen as the Igbo party, with the right candidate, Willy Obiano is most likely to retain the state for APGA.
On this issue of zonning, the deafening silence from the camp of the PDP and APC on their zoning arrangements is not helping the parties. Maybe, because of the party’s constitution and other reasons best known to them. But so far, it appears the odds are much in favor of Anambra South.

With the traditional fathers, the religious leaders in support of power moving South, the notable candidates from Anambra South who the religious leaders are silently glamouring to to succeeded Chief Willie Obiano is from Ihiala local government. Though there are other candidates from Ekwusigo, Nnewi North and South, Aguata, Orumba North and South, the political temperature is increasing everyday and tilting towards a not too popular horse, Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo. The reason may not be far fetched from the qualities he showed while serving Jonathan. His prudence in managing public funds and not abusing public trust seems to have won the heart of the religious establishments, in a state were religious leaders to a greater percentage, determine election outcome. It is nice that the power brokers are looking in his direction and undoubtedly, they will see those qualities the religious leaders saw in him.

As the race for Agu Awka gets more interesting by the day. Outside Nze Nwankpo there are other good candidates like Dr. Ifedi and some above listed powerful individuals scattered across Anambra South and Central who have shown keen interest to govern Anambra state come 2021. But, truth be told, it would be unfair for Anambra North to throw up any candidate because the incumbent, Chief Willie Obiano is from this particular zone and he’s enjoying an uninterrupted two tenure which will elapse in 2022. Going further, any candidate from Anambra Central may not be having a smooth sail because the zone has tasted power for an uninterrupted eight years, whilst the South clamour for power shift to its zone for equity sake. This instantly gives Anambra South Senatorial zone an upper hand in the forthcoming polls. Since among the candidates glamouring for ticket from the south, the best option so far with lesser political liability seems to be Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo.

To go ahead with the Ojukwu’s political Philosophy, APGA should look for someone like Chief Nwankpo who is not known to be a money bag nor a die-hard politician but a moderate technocrat who knows his onions. His antecedents speak volumes and he readily fits into the mould of a governor who will surpass whatever he meets on ground and take Anambra State to the promised land if given the opportunity.

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‘We are Biafrans fighting for freedom, our PVC is our AK 47- Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria, to inaugurate Dunukofia Anambra chapter

The umbrella body of Biafrans in politics, Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria has stated that although they are fighting a bitter war for the purpose of Biafra’s freedom from Nigeria, they are battling with different kinds of weapon from the ones usually deployed for war. It said that in place of the gun AK47, its deploying Biafrans with their PVCs to ensure that core Biafrans win the elections and take control of government in the state.

MOBIN, while revealing its plans to go into Anambra 2021 elections, said it will be re-inaugurating its chapters in all local governments of the state, beginning with Dunukofia Local Government Area, and then moving into the other LGs of the state.

In her message to MOBIN MEDIA on the development, Rita Anigbogu who is the Director General of the political organization said;

“We want to gather the Biafrans especially those who believe that although they are Biafra indigenes, they are also Nigeria citizens. Those who say that as long as they are still in Nigeria that they will participate in everything happening in Nigeria till Biafra eventually regain its lost sovereignty after the 1969-70 war.

“We are different, we are reinaugurating to start getting our PVC together. Our PVC is our own AK47 and we will use it to decide who will go for us as long as the politics of Anambra is concerned. At the expiration of the reinauguration, we can authoritatively tell you how many MOBIN members that we have in Anambra state and whether we can drive home our insistence of deciding who goes to Agu Awka as the governor and those who will be in the House of Assembly.

“We are beginning to ease out of a pandemic lockdown. Life and it’s existence will not be terminated with the pandemic and so the political activities. The reinauguration is not only special but important to us because our enemies are not resting and we will not rest. We want to get our tact together, we want to be ready at all time knowing that Anambra election is almost with us. We will guide and guard ourselves with our facemasks, observe the social distancing and our hand sanitizers will be handy with us.

“In Anambra 2021 election, our people will witness the Biafra spirit. The multitude of Biafrans that will participate in the next year’s election will out number that of 2017. We have the message and we have the content. Long live Biafra, God bless Biafra, forward ever, backward never.”

Anambra 2021& enfeebled forces against zoning & rotation, by Law Mefor

Anambra 2021 governorship election promises to be like none other for many reasons. As always, it shall be star-studded. But that is not what will make the forthcoming election unique.

Anambra has always been refreshingly different in its elections since the return to democracy in 1999. Remarkably, there is so much money, flurry and furry but no blood. To the best of my knowledge, no matter the heat generated in the fierce contests and the crossfires, nobody has ever died because of governorship election in Anambra State. This is a good testament and a proof of sagacity of the political actors in the State.

Nonetheless, the reason the clean sheet has been kept by the State is mainly because the leaders and the elders used zoning and rotation of governor in the State to reduce the latitude for confusion and conflict to the barest minimum. Also, through this noble approach, all the three senatorial districts have seamlessly produced governors for the State in the current democratic dispensation. That Anambra State is now rapidly growing into a One-City State is thanks to zoning and rotation of power. Since all the three senatorial districts have been able to produce good governors, each took care of their zones’ developmental needs.

Now, there is a strong reflux current pushing from within and outside the State to truncate the beautiful zoning and rotation arrangement. These forces are insisting that the office of governor should be up for grabs by whoever can get it. For refreshing and clarity, Their Excellencies Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju (Anambra South), Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige and Mr. Peter Gregory Obi (Anambra Central) and currently Chief Willie Obiano (Anambra North) have all governed Anambra State in that order and it is the turn of Anambra South yet again after 17 years of waiting in the wing. The second time the South produced the governor in the person of Dr. Andy Uba was equally cut short by the courts after a spell of just 17 days.

Those propagating this inglorious reversal do so essentially for their belle and greed. For some aspirants, they cannot wait for the turn of their zones. For most career politicians, politics is business as they do not have a second business address. So, asking them to wait for one or two election seasons to push aspirants and candidates, including those they know have outside chances yet cajole them into the race, is unendurable. Election to them is as Christmas season is to traders. It is a bazaar of sorts and an occasional opportunity to push out as many aspirants as possible. They do so not so much for their belief in their chances but for the pecuniary interests. They see election season as the only time they can extract money from the politicians and the opportunity has to be maximized, which zoning and rotation may not allow.

At the political season, the aspirants are hosted where they dole out money to persons considered to be critical stakeholders and to groups considered vital in their calculations for the illusory victory. The candidates therefore lust and pay for the endorsements that mostly worth nothing beyond the razzmatazz and getting known.

Among each group, the aspirant is assured of support and victory with the exclamation, ‘ijebe go o!’ i.e. victory is sure. They also sing a song to each candidate without exception, a mock refrain really, ‘Candidate ka anyi ga esoo, ma ona ejeje ma ona anana, candidate ka anyi ga eso.’ Candidate we shall follow, swim or sink. If you believe them, you believe anything.

The funny thing is that these song and acclamation are rendered to each aspirant who shows up and it is for the same election and for the same position. Despite the assurances and huge sums collected, many of these candidates score zero votes in countless instances. You then wonder whatever happened to the assurances so generously given while aspirants were seeking endorsements and candidates canvassing for votes.

This is the bazaar some people want Anambra to return to. Surreptitiously, the opponents of continued rotation and zoning in Anambra argue that zoning shunts out the best. Yet fact is: the State has witnessed governorship elections for three seasons this time around and nobody can point to one exceptional prospect that has ever been shunted out by rotation that Anambra so missed. Not even a seeming dark horse can be recalled. It is just that narrowing it down to a zone would reduce the number of aspirants that will take their turns in dropping money for fake support and endorsement.

For stomach infrastructure (apologies Peter Ayodele Fayose) these political jobbers want to rubbish the zoning arrangement and do away with its beautiful gains. But by divine providence, the likely key stars in the forthcoming guber election are mostly coming from the same Anambra South. Here are some of them, each capable of taking Anambra State to the next level. Men like (in alphabetical order following surnames): Dr. Godwin Maduka (one of the top 10 medical doctors in the US and philanthropist), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo(former CBN governor, top technocrat and presidential economic adviser), Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah (a serving senator, business mogul and oil magnate), Sen. Andy Ubah (a former presidential aide and 3-time senator), Dr. Ifedi Okwenna(a former commissioner, an environmental expert and an astute administrator), Valentine Ozigbo (a whiz kid and President of Transcorp group) and others. It is a divine providence that they are all from Anambra South if you ask me.

But for the intrigues and shenanigans of such persons, what equity demands now is for Anambra governor to come from Anambra South in 2021, in the spirit of zoning and rotation through which the past and current governors of the State had emerged. Apart from the fact that South Senatorial District produced governor who left office since 17 years ago, the zone has the least number of years in office with Mbadinuju who did only a 4-year tenure compared to Central and North which were there for 11 years and 8 years, respectively.

Anambra is the gateway to the South East and blessed with abundant and uncommon human and material resources. It is very crucial that Anambra should get its acts right and show example to the rest of the South East and possibly to the country at large.

Rotation is a democratic process (based on concession and agreement) that has ensured political inclusivity and reduced the rancor associated with elections as well as cut down costs of electioneering by narrowing candidature to a particular zone in each election circle. Leaving governorship election as an all-comers affair in Anambra State particularly can only create avenue for the kind of confusion and conflict happening in other many States. One other major advantage of zoning and rotation is that it enhances the act of choosing credible candidates devoid of sectional sentiments. One therefore, once more, calls on all political parties to respect the popular opinion of Anambra people by adopting the present zoning arrangement, which clearly favours the South Senatorial District for 2021 governorship election.

The way the current democratic dispensation is structured and with complete absence of internal party democracy, all-comers election has never helped any State. It leaves so much bad blood and allows so much manipulation, which weeds out the choice of the people. In the end, the courts are left to select who the governor is, as was the case in Imo State otherwise known as Emeka Ihedioha vs. Hope Uzodinma.

Anambra should not trade off the peace and development the State has so far enjoyed for the selfish desire of a few politicians by allowing itself to return to this bad path. Sticking to zoning and rotation will help the State avoid receiving things that are hitherto alien to Anambra election and politics.

Desperadoes have caused shipwrecks in many States where governorship elections are left to the highest bidder as some are wishing Anambra. May wisdom eventually prevail for Anambra State to remain the light of the nation and example to all.

• Dr. Law Mefor is from Anambra Central and an Abuja based Forensic/Social Psychologist and Journalist; e-mail: drlawmefor@gmail.com

ANAMBRA 2021:G Capt Nnoruka, most favoured for Labour Party ticket, as state branch elects new EXCO

There are strong indications that a former Head of Legal Department of the Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Nnamdi Nnoruka rtd will be flying the ticket of the Labour Party in the forthcoming 2021 governorship elections in Anambra State.

This was signaled in his speech to delegates at the 2020 Congress of the Party, held at East End Hotel Awka Anambra State on Thursday, March 12.Hundreds of delegates gathered at the hall, representing the different local governments in the state.

The Congress which began at 12pm and ended at about 4pm, was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Congress was held with a single list of delegates who underwent screening.

Conducting the exercise, the Deputy National Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Bashiru Apapa Lamidi said that the list of delegates will simply be called out for voice voting, since positions that candidates were screened for had just one contender.

The Congress threw up a new state working committee, while it is expected that Group Captain Nnamdi Nnoruka will emerge as the party candidate for the 2021 gubernatorial elections.

Earlier, the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdukhadi Abdulsalam who was present said “Today is the dawn of a new era in Anambra State. Labour Party in Anambra State is going to produce a governor that understands the hope, aspirations, yearnings and expectations of Anambrarians. Anambra will no longer be shown fraudulently on television. It will be a practical demonstration of good governance. The next Governor of Anambra State is a man of timbre and calibre, and is a man who understands the yearnings of the people”.

In his acceptance speech titled ‘Forward ever to take over’, the new party chairman, Hon Emeh Ugochukwu Emmanuel said that the party’s founding fathers took a decision to give Nigerians a ‘purposeful, patriotic and true leadership where all Nigerians will have equal opportunities to education, employment, business devoid of ethnic and religious demarcation’.

“Under my leadership, it must be service to the party and the people. From now on, every member of this party can consider him or herself equal stakeholder/shareholder in our quest to better the future of this party and Anambra State”, he said.

Addressing party faithful, Group Captain Nnamdi Nnoruka made several allusions to contest for the 2021 governorship elections under Labour Party.

He argued that, having served in a rescue mission of the state in the past, he is best qualified to take the state to the next level as its governor in the forthcoming governorship elections.

Nnoruka who encouraged delegates to preach the message of the party from doorstep to doorstep said: “There is a reason we gathered here today and began in the morning to search for the black goat. We have been in the trenches in the past, and we fought, and ensured that Anambra State didn’t disappear. I want to assure you that at any point in time, we will keep you abreast of what we are doing. We will do everything possible, and we know that we will take power from them and ensure that good leadership gets enthroned in our state”.

The following emerged as members of the new State Working Committee (SWC):

Hon Eme Ugochukwu Emmanuel- Chairman
Hon Emmanuel Mmuodozie-Deputy State Chairman, NLC
Mrs Phina Nweke Okechi, Deputy Chairman, TUC
Rev Dr Joe Ugwumba, Dep Chairman
Dr Emma Egwemi, Vice Chairman
Dr AC Enendu, Vice Chairman
Hon Clement Chukwu, Deputy Vice Chairman
Col Victor Ndulue rtd- Secretary
Lady Uju Okoye – Treasurer
Hon Julius Nosike – Organising Secretary
Josef Emefo – Publicity Secretary
Barr Okwuchukwu Okafor Financial Secretary
Barr Lady Uche Ebo – Legal Adviser
Lady Amaka Ewim-Woman Leader
Pastor Ekene Nnadi-Youth Leader
Emeka Nwokoye Akose-Treasurer.

Barrister Ufondu conducted the swearing in ceremony for the new members of the state working committee (SWC).

National delegates who attended the Congress are as follows:

National Secretary – Alhaji Abdukhadi Abdulsalam
National Vice Chairman, SE – Comrade Innocent Sunday Okeke
National Treasurer – Oluchi Oparah
National Organising Secretary – Gbazuagu Ojukwu
Deputy National Chairman – Comrade Bashjriu Apapa Lamidi
National Secretary – Barrister Julius Abure.

INEC Officials present include
Mr Samuel Imeh, Gibson Nkiru and Onyeukwu Reginald.

Photos from the Congress below –