The November 6, 2021 Anambra State governorship election will be keenly contested. And the signs couldn‘t be more clearer.
The rumble within the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), has caused a lot of raised eyebrows over whether these seemingly more known parties would be able to win the election.
While APGA and the PDP have been entangled in intra-party legal tussles, the APC might not get listed in the election due to the crisis arising from the party primaries.
The PDP ticket has been a subject of legal dispute between Valentine Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukuwu Uba. In APGA the tussle was also between former CBN governor Chukwuma Soludo and Chukwuma Umeoji. In APC, the candidacy of Senator Andy Uba has been a subject of controversy within the party.
With the tussle in these parties intensifying, some pundits have argued about the prospects of other parties causing an upset in the election.
So far, Young Progressives Party (YPP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) have been strategising to capitalise on the failings within the other parties.
Obiora Okonkwo is candidate of the ZLP, Senator Ifeanyi Uba is the candidate of YPP and the SDP flagbearer of the SDP is Dr Obinna Chukwudum Uzoh.
While Okonkwo and Uba have started their campaigns, the SDP candidate recently unveiled his campaign agenda.
Uzoh said the agenda is three Rs agenda of “Restoration, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation” for the people of Anambra State.
Uzoh, born on March 17, 1963, made his first at at the foremost public office in the state in 2003.
Although the SDP is not seen as a big player in the forthcoming governorship election, its strategic campaign, which de-emphasises personality, and attack on rivals but focuses on selling its development blueprint to the people, is attracting attention to the party and its candidate.
From the numerous contestants for the tenancy rights of Awka Government House, Uzoh, a lawyer, business mogul, politician, philanthropist and chairman of GOCUZ Group, is going for those, who make the difference – the actual voters – to market his agenda as against the tactics and strategies of those who make news through litigations.
With his eyes now locked on his state’s immediate future, Uzoh proffers an alternative vision of governance on how to transform his home state into a 21st Century development and technological model for both his region and country to clone.
In an interaction with journalists recently, Uzoh said, “My folks are widely recognised for their industry, courage and resourcefulness. These qualities have enabled us to survive as a people in the face of daunting existential challenges. It’s worth recalling that at creation on August 27, 1991, by former Military President General Ibrahim Babangida, Ndi-Anambra had over 75 per cent literacy level and boasted extra-ordinary human and material resources. These attributes need to be given a new direction, new discipline and new energy. God has given me the vision to do this.
“I have identified 10 key sectors that deserve total focus to transform the state. These include security, infrastructural development which is the foundation for transformational industrialisation and will support Nnewi, Onitsha and Awka as critical technology hubs, real agricultural revolution. Deploying a transparent, judicious and efficient management of resources, I will empower our people with skills acquisition, mainstream our judiciary, step-up sports, provide microfinance for SMEs and pursue an integrated development scheme that should fundamentally change the game in Anambra State.
“I am not contesting the 2021 governorship election in my state lightly. It is a product of deep introspection and wide consultation. I want to partner with all stakeholders to salvage, save, secure, develop and prosper Anambra State. I believe that at this moment of our national history and the rapid changes impacting both the continental and international arena, Anambra needs a deep but temperate personality and thinker to guide its journey. Let me share this with you and many may not know this. The fate of Anambra State has fundamental connections with the fate of Ndigbo and Nigeria at large,” he said.
Uzoh has picked Uzochukwu Obiora Chira, a scientist, as his running mate. Chira is a doctor of human medicine and consultant family physician.
A public administrator and development strategist, philanthropist and politician, Chira is expected to bring to this political partnership a track record of youth, dynamism and compelling intellectual acumen.