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Monday, March 27, 2017

#ObianoEffect: Anambra Wins South-East Athletics Championships



Team Anambra have emerged winners of the two-day Onyedum U-18 Athletics Championships for South-East states at the Rojenny Sports Complex, Oba, Idemili South.

According to the final result sheet, Anambra won 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals out of the 19 events featured at the championships to become champions.

Enugu  is second on the log with three gold and three silver, while Abia occupied the third position with two gold, three silver and three bronze

Imo finished fourth with two gold, two silver and two bronze, while Ebonyi was last with just two silver medals.

The hosts, Anambra won all the medals in the female Short Put through Chinenye Okonkwo, Chinaza Nwosu and Priscilla Oforkaife who threw 12.35m, 8.7m and 7.885m, respectively.

In Triple Jump, Nnenna Chinonye from Imo, leapt 9. 31m to win gold ahead of Justina Onoja and Miracle Onuma both from Anambra who leapt 9.1m and 8.96m respectively.

Anambra swept the available medals in Discuss male and female, 1,500m race male and female, but did not have presence in 100m female which was won by Enugu through Tobechukwu Ugbor in 12.1 secs.

The competition featured 100m and all jumps and throws excluding pole vault and hammer as well as sprint and races between 100m and 1,500 metres.

Veteran national athletics coach, Tobias Igwe, told newsmen that the results were quite inspiring for the athletics family.

The coach said the essence of the competition was not just to win but to engender positive competition among budding athletes who had become competition rusty.

Igwe lauded the sponsor, Patrick-Eestate Onyedum and the Proprietor of Rojenny Stadium, Oba, for providing the facility that was not readily available in some states.

Also, a former Commissioner for Sports in Edo, Brown Ebewele, deplored the tartan tracks at the stadium which, he said, had collapsed just after two years of installation.

Ebele expressed satisfaction with the quality of competition and urged state governments to partner with the private sector that were interested in advancing sports since they could not do it alone.

Congratulating his athletes, the coach of Anambra, Jonny Igboka, said they could have done better if the environment was better.

Igboka, who is the Director of All Sports Foundation Nimo (ASFAN), said the secret of the success was his movement across the schools in the state to scout for potential athletes.

The competition ended on  Saturday.


Culled from Thetidenewsonline

Obiano Has Made Anambra The Safest - says UNIZIK VC


AWKA - The Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano said that the State Government will commence construction on the second lane of the Agu-Awka junction to Amansea stretch of the Enugu -Onitsha Expressway.

Gov Obiano revealed this when he attended a Eucharistic mass by the Nnamdi Azikiwe University to mark the university's convocation thanksgiving at the St Joseph the Worker Chaplaincy, Awka.

Obiano noted that the decision of the state government to execute the project despite the fact that it is a Federal road was to reduce the rate of accidents on the road as well as to add to the beautification of the Awka Capital Territory.

He stated that reconstruction work was ongoing on the Ifite road leading to the University, pointing out that the road would be done this time with the best standards to enable it carry the heavy traffic it carries.

According to the governor, upon completion, the road would be installed with road markings and streetlights to boost nightlife and bring about other positive economic activities to the area.

He reiterated the need for students to inculcate reading culture, as well as dedicating their time meaningfully to studies and dissaociate themselves from all kind of social vices that can jeopardize their future. He said his administration has a holistic plan to create adequate job opportunities, empowerment and secure a prosperous future for them.

Earlier in a homily, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor who spoke on the benefits of thanksgiving in the lives of christians, pointed out that in giving thanks, christians provoke the blessings of God upon their lives.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Joe Ahaneku in a Special way expressed his happiness over the outstanding performance of Gov Obiano and commended him for the provision of maximum security in the state, such that today Anambra is adjudged as the safest state in Nigeria.

The VC also commended the provision of road infrastructure, 'operation light up the state', creation of business-friendly environment and economic stability, that again placed Anambra tops.


By Kingsley Ezekwelu


National Economic Council Commends Obiano For Implementing Life-Enhancing Resolutions


AWKA - The National Economic Council Implementation Monitoring Committee, paid a courtsey visit on the governor of Anambra State at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia.

The resolutions numbering about 71 across 7 thematic areas including Agriculture, Investment Promotion, Infrastructure, Social Investment, Education among others, were reached at a joint meeting of the Governors' Forum and the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo held under the auspices of the National Economic Council in March last year.

The Committee which was chaired by the Minister of State, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed was created alongside the National Economic Council Retreat Steering Committee which is chaired by the Vice President, with the mandate of implementing the resolutions.

Gov Obiano, after a closed door meeting with the team, said that Anambra state under his watch has remained committed to the implementation of the resolutions as evident with the successes recorded by his administration in the areas of Agriculture, Education, Social Welfare packages and in attracting investors to the State.

He assured that his administration would continue to set the pace in good governance and present a model for other states of the country to emulate in transforming their respective states.

The leader of the team, Mr Samuel Nwozuzu, said they were impressed with what the State has achieved under the thematic areas within a short period of time, attributing it to vision and commitment to purposeful leadership.

The Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mark Okoye stated that major benefit of the exercise is that it creates the avenue for sharing of ideas and experience, adding that for Anambra state, the implications of the activity was the scaling up of the bar of development in line with global best practices.


By Kingsley Ezekwelu

Friday, March 24, 2017

Chief Ebelechukwu Obiano delivers speech at 61st session of UN Commission on the Status of Women


From March 13 to March 24, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women hosted its 61st session at the U.N. and associated venues. The CSW is a global organization that focuses on empowerment of and equality for women.

Last week’s CSW 61, Joint Thematic Panel was sponsored by the Women Consortium of Nigeria.

In February 1947, the CSW had its first meeting in New York after the United Nations was founded. All 15 representatives of the CSW are women. Each year, the coalition focuses on a certain issue women face. This year the CSW will focus on employment opportunities for women.

March 16, the African Women’s Alliance Inc., New York and the CSW held a combined panel discussion about this year’s theme. African Women’s Alliance Inc. was formed in 1997 by various organizations under the United Nations umbrella. Members of AWA are both Continental Africans and Diaspora Africans.

This event was public, with the majority of the audience being women. The people on the panel were all well-educated and are members of organizations that focus on the poor and underserved in rural areas. Along with the representatives of other groups, such as AWA and United Nations, Chief Ebelechukwu Obiano attended.

Co-hosted by Dr. Olatokunbo Sofala, speakers such as Ambassador Henry L. MacDonald (Suriname), Fatima Al Ansar, Cheryl Brannan and Belinda Biscoe, discussed their contributions to the effort to help women in rural areas become self-sufficient, gain access to health care and start their own businesses.

The guest of honor, Chief Obiano, is the wife of Chief Willie Obiano, governor of Anambra State, Nigeria.

She spoke of her work and her charity for the less privileged, Caring Family Enhancement. She told the audience at the Armenian Cultural Center that as the governor’s wife, she has done a lot of lifesaving/changing work with women. She noted that between January and March 2016, she refurbished housing across Anambra State. She helped women become financially stable and trained women to become community health workers in her organization. She also discussed what she is planning to do in the future.

‘Why we took Anambra compendium to IBB’ - Chief Emeka Okonkwo


Chief Emeka Okonkwo, editor-in-Chief of Anambra, Light of the Nation, A Compendium, which documents the history of the state in pictures, speaks in this interview on the project as well as why former military president Gen Ibrahim Babangida had to pen the book’s foreword.

Excerpts:

Why is it important for Anambra State to document its history now?

As we all know, a people without history lack identity. It is important for us in Anambra to know who we are, where we are coming from and the achievements our people have recorded both at home and in the diaspora. It is disheartening to observe that we don’t have a detailed information bank of Anambra State and its people. That was what we noticed when we were working on the Anambra @ 25 events and we now made a proposal to the state government in order to produce this compendium, in which  we will have a comprehensive history of Anambra, its people, culture and rich tourism potentials in pictures, with little prose that will make it reader- friendly. This is not just for today, but a material for posterity.

Is this compendium a kind of who-is-who in Anambra?

Not at all. The compendium goes beyond celebrating our people; it documents things such as our iconic schools that have produced the cream of our great people; the first hospitals; tourist sites, our art and craft; our festivals; foods; the towns and their uniqueness. In fact, it covers every aspect of our lives as a people. Yes, it is important to highlight our icons and beacons who have impacted on Anambra positively and inspired our generation and those to come, but the book is more than just that.

Is this a project of the ruling APGA government?

This project is for Anambra State people irrespective of political parties. I want to appreciate His Excellency Governor Willie Obiano, who has not only detached the party from the project but also given the editorial team of the compendium the needed independence to collate and put together the information in the book. The government is only a catalyst by giving the book an official seal. Government is not paying for the production of this book and doesn’t dictate its content or interfere on the professional work the editorial team is doing. This is a project of Ndi Anambra. This has nothing to do with politics.

The compendium has a dedicated section on tourism. Of what importance is this to the state?

Tourism is a hugely untapped potential revenue earner, especially in this era of diversification. As you know, Anambra has rich natural tourism endowments. Look at the Agulu Lake with its famed crocodiles. See the beautiful scenery of the waterfalls at Owerri Nzukalla, or the Ogbunike Cave and several others. So, we decided to tailor our 25th anniversary programmes to draw attention to these God-given tourism sites in order to draw attention of the people  to them so as to possibly kickstart the tourism business in the state as an alternative revenue earner, just like they do in Cross River state with the Calabar carnival which comes every Christmas.

What is your take on the assertion that tourism cannot thrive in an environment that lacks security?

In Anambra State we have attained almost a perfect, secure environment. Over time our leaders have tried to address the problem of security in the state. Former Governor Mbadinuju started it, although not perfect. Former Governor Peter Obi took it from there and did some good job but the current governor, Obiano, has shown unequaled passion and commitment in fighting crime and criminality in the state. Today, Anambra is rated as one of the best states, security-wise. This in itself should encourage tourism in the state and also engender development. That was even why we had a four-month anniversary celebration programme without fear. And to the glory of God we didn’t witness any ugly incident of armed robbery or kidnapping throughout the events. That is a testimony to the fact that Anambra is now very safe. Anambra is ripe for tourism.

What informed the decision to have the former President Ibrahim Babangida to do a forward of the book?

President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida created Anambra 25 years ago out of the old Anambra state, which had Anambra, Enugu and part of Ebonyi states. So, in doing this compendium, we thought it wise to seek him out to contribute to this historic book by way of writing its foreword. We reasoned that it will be interesting to find out the reason why his government took the decision to create Anambra state. We thought it would be a perfect opportunity to find out from the elder statesman if his vision for creating Anambra state has been met. Therefore, I think there is no other person more suited to do the foreword than Babangida. And in his words, when we visited him in Minna,”you guys are doing a very historic work, I’m willing to be part of it.” We thank him for graciously accepting to be part of this project. And we are excited about it.


Culled from thenationonlineng

Anambra Surpasses Immunization Target By 2Million


Awka —Anambra State has surpassed its immunization target for 2016 by over two million, according to figures released, yesterday, by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Josephat Akabuike.

Details showed that while the target population for the state last year was 1,102,424 persons, it immunized 1,538,191 in February, 2016 and 1,552,579 persons in March 2016.

Akabuike, who was addressing reporters in Awka on the first round of national immunization for 2017, said the success story was that Anambra had not recorded any case of wild polio for more than 10 years, adding that the state had never failed to flag off the exercise which had encouraged mass awareness creation in all parts of the state.

The post Anambra surpasses immunization target by 2M appeared first on Vanguard News.

This post was syndicated from Vanguard News. Click Here To Read The Full Text on the original website.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Anambra State Government Honours Igbo Pop Stars Of The 70s, Announces Easter Mega Show...The Resurrection Concert!



Anambra State government led by Governor Obiano will be the first, in more than 4 decades, to properly honour Igbo POP stars of the 70s while according them the opportunity to play together in a recognition live show.

This was revealed by the State Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Bar. Mrs Stella Onuoha while speaking at the world press conference put together to unveil the pop stars and to signal the beginning of a mega concert scheduled for Easter Sunday in Awka, Anambra State.

According to Barr Stella said, “We are here today for a world press conference which signifies the publicity we want to give to these heroes," spread across Imo, Abia, Delta States and beyond.

The Easter Musical Concert tagged  “Pop Stars of the 70s”, featuring for the first time in almost half a century the top pop groups of the 70s performing together in one show. This event will take place on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, Anambra State from dusk to dawn as the legends take ndi Anambra back in time in a world of nolstagia. 

“All these groups metamorphosed into popular individual musical groups immediately after the civil war and mesmerized Nigerians with their hit songs. The choice of Easter day for the show is deliberate. The groups virtually faded off from the public consciousness but their music still hold strong appeal across the nation”, the Commissioner recalled.

The primary purpose of this concert according to Barr Onuoha, is to invoke nostalgia and re-awaken the spirit of enterprise with this breed of music.
 
Barr Onuoha therefore, on behalf of the State government, welcomes visitors to that night of resurrection to experience the calm and secure capital city, Awka and Anambra State in general.

The 10 invited pop stars of the 70s in no particular order were; Sweet Breeze, One World, Wings, Apostle, Aktion, Foundars15, Semi-Colon, Wrinkar Experience, Soky Ohale, and Funkees.
 
Earlier in his opening remarks, The Principal Secretary to Gov Willie Obiano, Mr Willie Nwokoye, recalled that "It is still fresh in the public memory that the Government of Chief Willie Obiano organized 'Ozoemezina' in 2014, a symbolic State-wide rite of final passage for all people of Igbo extraction that had lost lives in crises and conflicts of war especially the Nigerian-Biafran War."

"POPSTARS of the 70s is a music show of the same thought but that which will showcase the living among the post-war pop musical geniuses."

No other persons, no other administration, past or present, civilian or military, remembered the golden tune of these pop stars. Today, Anambra State, being the light of the nation, once more resurrected these custodians of music.

Mr Nwokoye explained that the organizers aim at introducing the music of the legends into the consciousness of the people. 

Also addressing the press, Bob-Manuel Odokwe, the Senior Special Assistance to Gov Willie Obiano on Creative Media, Nollywood and Entertainment, reiterated that the music of the pop stars were the foundation of the music industry in Nigeria because "if they didn’t take the bull by the horn after the war to start the revolution, there won’t be what we have today as music industry." 

Mr Bob-Manuel said he believes that after the concert, other governors in Nigeria will take a cue from Anambra and honour the pop star heroes. 

Delivering vote of thanks, one of the groups "One World" represented by their leader said, “This is the first time some of us are seeing ourselves in 40 years. This is the first time a concert like this will ever hold. And when we were called we came and that shows that we still have creativity in us.

In the same vein, ‘Wings’, another group, said they are very appreciative of the gesture from the state government who supported the mega show and wish other governors will be able to copy from Anambra State.

Amidst cheers and moments of great joy, the pop stars unanimously agreed that the governor deserves to return as governor 2018 due to his brand of leadership.

At this point, soft tunes from their 70s hits were played to lighten up the atmosphere and give the press and invited guests a tip of what to expect as the groups were called forward.

Picture Caption:
1. Gov Willie Obiano in a group photograph with the Igbo Pop Stars of the 70s at the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia. 

2. Anambra State Commissioner for Tourism, Barr Onuorah (On Blue at the Centre) flanked by the Principal Secretary, Mr Willie Nwokoye (to her right)  and Bobmanuel Udokwu with some Pop Stars of the 70s after the Press Conference held at Havilla Suites, Awka yesterday.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Anambra Governorship Poll: Campaigns Begin August 18



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that political parties and candidates for the governorship election in Anambra State are to commence their campaigns by August 18 this year.

Similarly, the commission said that the deadline for the conduct of governorship primaries, including the resolution of disputes will be between July 22 and September 2nd.

While giving further update on the conduct of the governorship election in the state, INEC said that it has scheduled September 18 as the last day for the submission of names of candidates by the parties.

In a statement issued by the Secretary to the Commission, publication of final list of governorship candidates will be on October 19 and subsequently the election proper will take place on Saturday, November 18.

A MUST READ: NYCN – Anambra State Reconciliation Committee Main Report



The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Anambra State Chapter’s Reconciliation Committee was formed and inaugurated by the State Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sports Development (MYESD) on 17th March, 2017 with the overall objective to look into the problems of youths under National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) leadership in Anambra State and make recommendation on the process of reconciliation before it can lead to blood shed.

This assignment was sequel to the generally accepted demands and resolutions reached at the final youth stakeholders meeting held at the state Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sports Development (MYESD) on the 9th March 2017 to set up a committee of experienced youth leaders, workers and the representatives of warring factions to make recommendation on the way before 21st March 2017.

The following are the committee members:

1. Mr Nwabufor Nwankwo - Chairman
2. Mr Okezie N. Ohalete - Secretary
3. Elder Chris Okwuosa - Member
4. Mr. Oddy Akubuike JR - Member
5. Barr. Ralph Okeke - Member
6. Prince Ikenna Awgu - Member
7. Hon. Ejiofor Egwuatu - Member
8. Mr Nonso Egeonu L. - Member
9. Comrade Tony Ezike - Member
10. Comrade Ejeckam Anthony C. - Member
11. Comrade Ernest Nnoli - Member
12. Mr Emmanuel Ezeokafor - Member
13. Mr Godwin C. Okeke - Member

The following Terms of Reference were given to the committee:

· To identify the persons/interest involved in the conflict.
· To identify the root problem that resulted in the factionalization of the council.
· To recommend the process of reconciliation.
· To advise the Ministry and stakeholders on the propriety or otherwise of holding the council election immediately.
· Make recommendation on the way forward.

Towards meetings our mandates as stated above; the following identified persons/interests are involved in the conflict:
(i) Innocent Nduanya and his led executive (faction I) and
(ii) Frank Maduka and his executive (faction II).

Statement of the Root Problems:
The situational grievances between the warring factions of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Anambra State chapter was identified and collated through position papers which were received from different faction (copied attached );

Innocent Nduanya’s faction submitted through Prince Ikenna Agwu while Frank Maduka faction submitted through Hon. Ejiofor Egwuatu.

The received papers were adopted as working documents by a motion moved by Ezeonu Chinonso L., seconded by Comrade Ezeokafor Emmanuel and were all well accepted.

After critical review and deliberation on the papers, the following are the cause of the root problems:

· Undue personal and Government Interference and interests in the leadership formation/election of the National Youth Council of Nigeria ( NYCN) Anambra State – 2012.
· Constitutional breach; disfranchisement, and violation of human rights during state and local government NYCN election in 2012.
· Negligence and poor supervisory roles by the state MYESD to the NYCN Anambra State, in 2012.
· Wide knowledge gaps and poor awareness about NYCN codes and conducts thus; resulted to low confidence and low capacity amongst the youths and youth organization in the state.

The committee’s recommended process of reconciliation is demand driven by the State MYEDS by setting up NYCN Reconciliation Committee comprised of experienced youth leaders, workers and representatives of the warring factions (copies of sittings/attendance attached).

In view of the above, the committee therefore advise for immediate review of NYCN – Anambra State and Local Government congresses/elections until root cause of the conflict is resolved and accepted.

Recommendations on the Way Forward
· Harmonizing of NYCN Unity Leadership at all levels and appeal for peace.
· Constitute a 6 month Interim/Caretaker Government for NYCN that can plan and conduct transparent elections (renewable only once).
· Design and conduct regular strategic leadership capacity building for the affiliate members of NYCN.
· Regularization of all the Voluntary Youth Organization, CBO’s, FBO’s in affiliation with the NYCN State/LGAs to avoid further irregularities.
· Sensitization of all LGA authorities and their various youth/social development officers to aligned and partner with the state MYESD and the NYCN at L.G.A levels.
· Arrears and regular payment of Voluntary Youth Organization’s annual subventions due to the affiliate/registered members of MYESD and NYCN as approved.

Signed by all the 13 Members of the Committee (see attached below)


Ebele Obiano Assures Ogbaru Women Of Better Days




Wife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs Ebele Obiano, has reassured the women in Ogbaru Local Government Area that Governor Willie Obiano’s administration is committed to intervening in some challenges in their various communities.

She was speaking when she toured four critical communities in Ogbaru LGA to have a personal interaction with the women and children in the communities.
According to Mrs Obiano, the present administration would prioritise road infrastructure to utilise their economic endowments, as the area is rich in oil and gas, as well as the lands fertile for agriculture.

The people of Ogwuikpele community lamented the threat of coastal erosion and absence of electricity, urging the State Government for intervention.

“For four years now we have not had supply of electricity, there is total power failure and all efforts to bring EEDC to rectify it have failed,” a resident of the community said.

At Akili-Ogidi, the elders, women and children all trooped out to receive the Governor’s wife.

Commending the women-friendly administration of Governor Obiano, the women leader in the community relayed that access road was a major challenge in the area.

“We are proud of you and we support the programme of the administration of your husband, His Excellency, Dr. Willie Obiano, most especially his 20 million Naira community project which cannot be overemphasised.

“Your care for the less privileged among the people of the state has brought democracy to the door steps of the common man of the society. We will use this opportunity to make this request on the issue confronting our community for long.

“The people of Akili-Ogidi, Obeagwe and Ogwuikpele have remained without road for 40 years. We request Her Excellency to appeal her amiable husband to bring smiles to our faces,” she said.

Obeagwe breaks into excitement as the women receive the Governor’s wife with the traditional riverine dance which she also dances to excitedly.

As the fanfare ended down, Mrs Obiano revealed to the people that the ongoing road construction of the 62 kilometre Ogabru road embarked on by Governor Obiano would terminate at the oil rich Obeagwe.

She also called on the youths to cue into the empowerment programme of her pet project and be self-reliant.

“APGA as a political party does a lot of developmental projects. APGA made possible for an access road to go through Ogabru for the first time and the present administration is continuing with it and it will get to the oil rich Ogwuikpele community.

“I don’t know if you are aware that oil has been discovered in your community, so you people are rich and that is why the Governor is saying that the road must be constructed to that area to stop accessing it through Imo State.

“So you people are very rich now and our Governor wants you to have access to it. My pet project undertakes skills acquisition and the State Government is doing the same to better the lives of the citizenry.

“We appeal to the youths to cue into the programme and it won’t just stop at learning a skill, I will train you and empower you to start up your own business. That is my position today,” Mrs Obiano said.

The tour was rounded off at Umunankwo where more gift items including school bags, bags of rice and monetary tokens were distributed to the less privileged.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

As Anambra North Terminates Governorship Ambitions of Obaze, Obidigbo and Others; What Next?



The recent decision of the people of Anambra North senatorial district to stop other governorship aspirants from the zone and jointly support the incumbent, Chief Willie Obiano in the forthcoming gubernatorial election is like a death penalty on some personal ambitions.

It would have been a lesser hurdle for these aspirants if the decision was taken by a few persons or one of the numerous mushroom groups from the Anambra North senatorial district. But coming from Anambra North People's Assembly, ANPA led by Chief Emmanuel Achike from Ogbaru, the people have spoken and nothing can be done about it.

More so, the resolution to adopt Governor Willie Obiano as the sole candidate from the zone was arrived at after series of consultations, meeting with the different aspirants and careful assessment by a committee headed by former Minister of Health, Dr Tim Menakaya as earlier set up by ANPA, the apex sociopolitical group of the people of Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Onitsha North and Onitsha South local government areas that make up Anambra North senatorial district.

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, in the presence of men of timber and caliber, the motion to adopt Obiano was moved by a renowned political juggernaut from Onitsha, Chief Mike Areh (Ede Gbogbo Gaga) and seconded by the honourable member representing Anambra East in the State House of Assembly, Pharm Obinna Emenaka before an overwhelming support from the general house which had all the seven local government areas within Anambra North zone fully represented.

Unlike the usual political endorsements, ANPA based their decision on the fact that Obiano has achieved beyond expectations in just 3 years and as such deserves to serve out the remaining four years meant for the senatorial district. Thus, ANPA resolved that, "It was generally admitted that since the Anambra North geopolitical zone has done well through the serving governor Chief Dr Willie Obiano. In order for a viable negotiations to take place between the zone and other zones. It will be beneficial that the zone adopts and supports one candidate In the person of Chief Willie Obiano."

Interestingly, virtually all other aspirants from the zone contested the same office in 2013 and were at one stage or the other defeated by Obiano. Talking of Oseloka Henry Obaze (OHO), he has long launched his campaign promising restoration. One wonders what OHO really wishes to restore because he served in the present government as Secretary to the State Government or does he want to restore the forgone days of anarchy in the State?

Then there's Chike Obidigbo, who probably is still nursing grudges against Obiano and his party, APGA for loosing out in the build up to the 2013 elections. Recently, Dr Obidigbo accused Obiano of not having a manifesto but was quickly replied by the governor's team and to a greater extend berated for not being aware of the Blue Prints of the incumbent governor that he sort to replace.

Aside these two, there are other aspirants who spend more time gambling to be favoured by supposed godfathers than they spend campaigning for support from the people. First is Tony Nwoye, a young aspirant of All Progressives Grand Alliance who lost to Obiano in the last guber election as PDP candidate. His only strength is the much talked about support of the Ukpo born oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze.

Also in this category is Raph Okeke from Anambra West. His recent declaration to contest the gubernatorial election is somewhat suspicious. While some say he is favoured by the absence of President Buhari through Tinubu connection, others insinuate that Dr Chris Ngige is angling to have him as a godson. Hon Okeke was the running mate to Dr Chris Ngige in 2013 and in 2015, he contested for Senate under same party, APC.

Politics being a game not so lucid to the public there could be other aspirants waiting to declare or probably consulting behind the scene until the dream terminating decision of ANPA. A decision taken in the presence of all the who is who from Anambra North senatorial district vis a viz; members of the National and State Assemblies, leaders of religious and traditional institutions, major political stakeholders and captains of industries.

So the question remains, what is the fate of these known and unknown aspirants from Anambra North zone? Will they respect the wishes of the people of their senatorial district and allow the governor to complete a second term or will they disobey same people that will vote them into office and dare to contest against Obiano?

The decision is theirs but the power remains with the people. Being that politicians from other zones will also align with the idea of Obiano completing the 2nd four years of Anambra North instead of supporting a new person from the region who will naturally seek another term; the best decision for Obaze, Obidigbo, Nwoye, Okeke and a host of others is to sheath their swords, swallow their vividly selfish ambitions and support their brother, who is clearly willingly working for ndi Anambra.

By Ekene Nwanya

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