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The Battle Begins As Anambra Decides – Sahara Reporters

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The various political parties presenting candidates for the November 18 Governorship Election in Anambra State have nominated their flag bearers, thereby signifying the commencement of the real battle for who would occupy the Agu Awka Government House from March 17, 2018.
At the last count, over 10 political parties had nominated their candidates, although political observers know that the battle would be fought by just about five parties.
The political parties that had selected their candidates include the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, which has the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano as its flag bearer, All Progressives Congress, APC, which nominated Dr. Tony Nwoye, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which has Mr. Oseloka Obaze as the candidate, Progressives Peoples’ Alliance, PPA, with Mr. Godwin Ezeemo as the candidate and the United Peoples Party, UPP, which nominated Chief Osita Chidoka. Other parties and their candidates are the Advanced Congress of Democrats, ACD, with Mrs. Oby Okafor as the candidate and the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, with Mr. Henry Ikechukwu Onuorah as the flag bearer, among others.
APGA –Willie Obiano
The emergence OF Governor Obiano as the candidate of APGA was not without the usual political intrigues. In fact, Governor Obiano’s political camp was really bruised by Chief Martin Agbaso, who created a faction that almost tore APGA apart. But for the calmness adopted by the governor and the leadership of the party, the crisis would have continued to linger.
At a stage, Agbaso appeared to be having an upper hand, especially when an Enugu High Court declared him as the authentic national chairman of the party, which would have meant that he would be the person to forward APGA candidate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. However, Agbaso fell like a pack of cards due to the superior legal powers of the Obiano camp, which got the Court of Appeal to vacate the Order of Mandamus obtained by Agbaso against the national chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Oye.
With the Agbaso distraction over, the party appears focused on the campaign for Obiano’s reelection. A high –powered campaign team headed by the former national chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh has been put in place and the team is made up of who is who in the party. Some of the members include the state deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who has also been retained as the governor’s running mate, members of the national assembly produced by the party, selected members of the state House of Assembly, some former and serving local government chairmen and the party’s local government chairmen. All the 21 local government chairmen of the party have also been handed campaign vehicles for easy mobilization at the ward and local government levels, in addition to dozens of campaign buses procured for the campaigns.
Obiano’s Chances
As the incumbent governor, he has an advantage over other candidates, coupled with the fact that he has some achievements of his administration on his side to show to the people during the campaigns. Some of his landmark achievements include security, which has unarguably made Anambra one of the safest states in the country. He has also attracted investments to the state, especially in the agricultural sector, such that Anambra has become an exporter of vegetables.
He also completed one of the longest bridges in the southern part of the country to link the oil rich Aguleri Otu in Anambra East Local Government  where the Orient Petroleum has its refinery. Obiano’s administration also prides itself as one of the few states in the country paying workers and pensioners regularly with the result that there had not been any industrial action against his government since 2014 when he mounted the saddle. Although there are formidable opponents challenging him, there is the belief that he might overcome the odds to emerge the governor of the state later this year.

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