All attention will be shifted to the November 18 Anambra State Governorship Election in Nigeria as all the political parties contesting for the seat of power have declared readiness for another change of guard.
The State which is been currently governed by Governor, Willie Obiano will be seeking to retain power under the umbrella of the All Progressives Grand Alliance since his election into office in 2014.
It is interesting to also observe that many support groups, some of them hell-bent, have sprung up in support of one aspirant or the other including the incumbent Governor, Chief Willie Obiano to be allowed to do his second tenure, a situation that has further increased the tempo of political activities in the State.
With some of the parties having concluded their Primaries and selected their sole candidates for the election, the core responsibilities now lie in the hands of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who has been mandated to conduct the election.
In the usual settings, three parties out of the 15 registered political parties by INEC, appear to have larger followers such as APGA, APC, and PDP. But will that be enough to give them victory in the November polls in Anambra State?
PoliticsNGR takes a careful look at some of the potential Governorship candidates of each party and their chances of winning the seat of power.
Willie Obiano (APGA)
The current incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Obiano will be seeking for a second term under the umbrella of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in what is expected to be a tough race for the office.
Despite facing intense criticism from a section of Igbos in the State due to his support for the Nigerian army against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who are agitating for secession, he is still gaining ground.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Lagos in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration from the same university.
Some observers say because Obiano lacks grassroots support across the entire state, the early canvassing would enable him make some amends.
Governor Obiano must have done well in security, agriculture and partly in infrastructure but many communities in Anambra still lament bad road network and also accuse him of lopsidedness in his political appointments as well as concentrating so much on Anambra North in his developmental strategies.
It is said that the governor has vowed to use all resources available to him to make sure that APGA goes for a second tenure. Power of incumbency may work for him.
Tony Nwoye (APC)
Already, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has selected Tony Nwoye to represent the party in the November 18 Elections after defeating close rivals, Andy Uba with 2,146 votes against Uba’s 931 votes.
Born in Onitsha on September 13, 1974, to Lawrence and Christiana Nwoye of Offianta Nsugbe in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nwoye, who is a member of House of Representatives
(Anambra East/West constituency) was a student union activist and a medical doctor before becoming a politician.
Blessed with strong educational background, Nwoye went to Metropolitan Secondary School, Onitsha for his secondary education from where he proceeded to study medicine at the University of Nigeria college of medicine and later furthered his knowledge of medicine at the Ebonyi State University and was sworn in as a medical doctor.
He’s a man who understands the system and politics of the State having contested for the position in 2013 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before cross-carpetting to APC.
Considering the Party’s stronghold in the political terrain of the country, there seems to be a glimpse of hope for Nwoye, who will be hoping to use the influence and affluence of All Progressive Congress leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to manoeuver his way into the seat of power.
One thing going against Nwoye is that some stakeholders in the state see him as having the propensity for violence but that may not really deter his political ambition in Anambra.
Oseloka Obaze (PDP)
Obaze will be flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after polling 672 votes to defeat Chief Alex Obiogbolu, who secured 190 votes to come second and Dr. Ifeanyi Uba with 94 votes, for third place.
With lot of experience in the game of politics, Obaze served as Secretary to the State Government of Anambra from 2012 to 2015 and served under Governor Peter Obi and was re-appointed by incumbent Willie Obiano where he served until 2016.
The retired United Nations diplomat who served between 1991 and 2012, may likely share a portion of the electoral votes in Anambra State with Obiano, considering the fact that they both share a place in the heart of the people.
Obaze attended Christ the King College and Dennis Memorial Grammar School, both in Onitsha. He also attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (USA), where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations, as well as Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he read Political Science.
He attended certificate courses in world-renowned institutions across the world – Italy, Austria,
Sweden – where he studied various aspects of international relations and diplomacy, including specialty on Dialogue and Mediation efforts.
There’s also the added advantage that Obaze is well regarded among the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Pentecostal churches as well as within the organized private sector, especially after his management of the 2012 flood disaster in Anambra State as the Chairman of the State Flood Disaster Committee.
Osita Chidoka (UPP)
The United Progressive Party (UPP) will be hoping to spring the unthinkable surprise in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship election after choosing Chidoka to represent the party.
The former Minister of Aviation defeated all comers by polling 1,222 votes to defeat his opponent, Hon. Chudi Offodile, who got 87 votes in the primary election.
Chidoka obtained his Senior School Certificate at Union Secondary School Awkunanaw, Enugu, in 1988; Bachelor of Science Degree in Management, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in 1995; Graduate Diploma in Maritime and Ports Management, National University of Singapore in 2002; Certificate in Global Strategy and Political Economy, from Mansfield College, Oxford University in 2004; and Masters Degree in
Transport Policy and Logistics from the School of Public Policy, George Masons University, USA in 2006.
Having represented his constituency as a member of House of Representatives twice in Anambra, Chidoka’s never ‘say die attitude’ in the face of stiff opposition could pave the way for what looks like an impossible feat come November 18.
Apart from that, Chidoka is from Anambra Central Senatorial District, which ruled the State for 11 years through Senator Chris Ngige and Mr. Peter Obi.
Godwin Ezeemo (PPA)
Not strange to the political settings of the State, Godwin Ezeemo, who in 2013 contested for the Governorship seat under the same party, failed to make a strong challenge against incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano.
Born in Umuchu, in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra, the Industrialist cum politician knows he has a big mountain to climb if he’s to become Governor.
The loss of a dear father at an early age, halfway into his primary school prepared the young Godwin for an elaborate life of hard work, determination and care for others.
These qualities were sure to compass him brilliantly through St Thomas Anglican Primary School, Umuchu; St Peter’s Secondary School, Achina and Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, in Ogun State where he obtained a Higher National Diploma.
Generally, PPA as a party doesn’t strike a chord in the hearts of many people in Anambra, however, like the saying goes that anything is possible in life.
Yul Edochie (DPC)
One of the dark horses in the race for the Anambra State Governorship election, Yul Edochie, who is an actor cum politician will be battling against the odds as he steers the ship of the Democratic People’s Congress in November 18 Election.
With no first-hand experience as far as politics is concerned in Nigeria, Edochie’s task of fulfilling the dreams of the ordinary young Nigerian may be considered an uphill task.
Though, not many believe that he will win the election knowing how dirty the game is coupled with godfatherism but putting his heart out to serve is a welcome attempt for the son of Pete Edochie.