The battle for the governorship of the Light of the Nation come March 17, 2010 appears to be interesting and is in its fever-heat as different manner of persons have joined the race with the hope of replacing the incumbent governor, Mr. Peter Obi. Most of the aspirants appear to me to be confused , but the joining of the race by Prof Chukwuma Soludo is a costly mistake by the former governor of CBN.
In the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) we hear names of such aspirants like the former Governor of Central Bank (CBN) Prof Chukwuma Soludo, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, Senator Annie Okonkwo, Senator Joy Emodi, Senator Emma Anosike, Barr KOP Odidika, Dr Alex Obiogbolu, Mr. Uchenna Emordi, Hon Kodilichukwu Okelekwue, Comrade Tony Nwoye and a host of others including those who do not understand the basic principles of governance.
The incumbent governor, Mr. Peter Obi will go for re-election under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance while Pharmacist Clement Imo Iketuonye is to run under the African Liberation Party.
For now I do not know the party where the first son of the deputy governor of Anambra State, Mr. Emeka Etiaba will run since he appears to be an expert in changing political parties. My impression about the entire political struggle for the Government House, Awka, is that most of the aspirants are seeking political relevance and nothing more.
But all these expose the incontrovertibly fact that Anambrans (not Anambrarians) are politically aware and do not lack human and material resources like most states in Nigeria. However, I want to state that most of the aspirants appear to me to be confused because almost all of them appear to be breaking the electoral law and may be disqualified by the INEC.
This is why I am bold to say that the next governor of Anambra state is perhaps yet to emerge. If for instance, Gov. Peter Obi decides to drop his ambition of re-election I will join the race for I have the intellectual capability and ideas that can turn the state around and add to the foundation laid by him since my mates are currently ruling the world (confer: Mr Barrack Obama).
But in my absolute scrutiny, which is personal and unmitigated idiosyncratic, the joining of the race by Prof Chukwuma Soludo is a costly mistake by the former governor of CBN. While I agree that Soludo is exercising his constitutional right, I predict that if he wins as governor; he would live to regret the decision.
This is because he appears to have many political God-fathers and should he become stubborn in settling them in future, a repeat of what happened to Dr Chris Ngige will be seen in his administration. By then he must have messed up his record as a world renowned economist and professors professor in economic policies.
I am only being futuristic because I know that Chris Uba, the self appointed Godfather of PDP in the South East and his older brother Nnamdi (Andy) are still relevant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it will pain me to hear of another mayhem since I know Soludo to be stubborn and probably would refuse taking orders from semi-illiterates.
It is against this backdrop that I am suggesting that the stage is too early for Chukwuma Soludo to reconsider his decision to run for election as Chief Servant of Anambra come March, next year especially if he considers the fact that the incumbent governor Mr Gregory Peter Onwubuasi Obi performed tremendously well that in civilized countries he does not need to campaign to be re- elected considering the quantum of development that is being witnessed in the Light of the Nation.
It is my view that no political party can rig the Anambra election unless history will repeat itself and Peter Obi will in future come back as governor if rigged out. That Soludo kicked off his campaign today (22/09/2009) at GTC field Awka does not matter; for a word, they say, is enough for the wise.