Dr. George Moghalu, Senator Andy Uba, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo amongst others are set to battle for the seat of the Anambra State Governor come November 2021.
Moghalu the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Inland Waterways Authority.
Ubah is a Politician who was elected Senator for the Anambra South.
Soludo is an Economics Professor and a former Governor and Chairman of the board of Directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Others include a renowned Businessman, Dr Chidozie Nwankwo and a serial Governorship Aspirant, Johnbosco Onunkwo.
Before the release of the timetable and schedule of activities for the Anambra State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, subtle campaigns to succeed Governor Willy Obiano have become an open affair.
According to the January 19, 2021 INEC timetable, political parties participating in the election are expected to hold their primaries between June 10 and July 21, 2021, while the governorship election is slated to hold on November 6.
Of all the political parties that have so far indicated an interest in taking part in the election, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) are leading with the pack of aspirants jostling for their tickets.
To underscore the seriousness of the task ahead, both the ruling APGA and the opposition APC have held emergency stakeholders’ meetings to strategise on how best to organise themselves ahead of the November contest.
Until 2006, Anambra State was a predominantly PDP-controlled state. The reason for this may not be farfetched. For one, Ndi Anambra had enormous respect for the late Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, one of the founding fathers of the party.
However, internal crisis owing to the overbearing influence of some of the party’s godfathers ruined the chances of a comeback by the first PDP state Governor, Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju, who was in the saddle from 1999- 2003.
The power brokers who connived to deny Mbadinuju a second term ticket later named Dr Chris Ngige as his replacement. The romance with Ngige didn’t last long after his controversial victory in the 2003 governorship election.
Ngige’s victory was challenged in court by the then APGA candidate, Peter Obi. After 33 months in office, the court voided Ngige’s victory and declared Obi winner. Obi was sworn in as Governor on March 17, 2006.
However, Obi’s victory dance was cut short barely a year later when INEC conducted another election in 2007. Senator Andy Uba of the PDP was declared the winner and sworn in.
Again, Obi returned to court. The Supreme Court agreed with the argument put forward by his lawyers that his four-year tenure commenced from March 17, 2006, the day he took the oath of office. Uba’s tenure was subsequently brought to an abrupt end barely 17 days after it started.
As a result, from 2006 to date, APGA has been at the helm of affairs of the state.