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George Muoghalu: The most consistent politician east of the Niger

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When democratic governance returned to Nigeria, after sixteen [16] years of Military rule in 1999, politicians from Southeast joined their counterparts from the other five [5] regions to form political parties; to contest for political offices. It will be recalled that only three political parties, namely, Alliance For Democracy [AD], All Peoples Party [APP] and People’s Democratic Party [PDP], secured registration after meeting the criteria set by the then military government for party registration.

In the convention of the All Peoples Party, George Muoghalu, was elected the Secretary of the party in 1999. He piloted the affairs of the party as Secretary to the general elections of 1999 where APP won Nine [9] governorship seats. The party also secured about twenty-one [21] seats at the Senate. In the House of Representatives, APP had about Sixty Eight [68] Members. When the then ruling People’s Democratic Party [PDP] sponsored crisis in APP by installing PDP sympathizers as leaders in APP, George Muoghalu, did not decamp to PDP in the fashion of other Southeast politicians, who left APP in drove, in search of short term benefits in PDP-led government.

When it was time for another round of general elections in 2003, George Muoghalu contested the governorship election of Anambra State, under the platform of All Nigerian Peoples Party [ANPP]. It will be recalled that when the then PDP-led government, installed their puppets as leaders of APP, George Muoghalu and the other real owners of the party, fought gallantly to retrieve APP from the clutches of PDP by reforming and repositioning the party through name change from APP to ANPP. It was under the platform of ANPP that George Muoghalu contested and lost gallantly to the rigging machinery of PDP in the State. Nigerians have not forgotten the crisis that rocked Anambra State after the rigged 2003 governorship election. It is no wonder that the consequence of 2003 skewed governorship election in Anambra State is the staggered governorship elections all over Nigeria today.

In 2007, PDP continued its onslaught on ANPP to the point that virtually all politicians from the Southeast were PDP, George Muoghalu refused to join the bandwagon of decampment to PDP; instead, he was said to have initiated moves for the merger of major opposition political parties in Nigeria to withstand the behemoth called PDP. However, time factor and other political intrigues could not allow the vision of Muoghalu and other original members of ANPP to materialize. It was even the infiltration of ANPP by PDP to ostensibly stop President Muhammadu Buhari, who was then aspiring to become President; from contesting the 2011 general elections under the platform of ANPP, that informed the formation of Congress For Progressive Change [CPC], a platform he deployed in contesting the 2011 Presidential elections. Immediately after the 2011 general elections, George Muoghalu and others in ANPP intensified effort at ensuring that the legacy parties merged to form a formidable party that will sweep the PDP out of office.

It is worth mentioning here the last administration made effort to poach George Muoghalu out of ANPP by dangling many offers of appointment at him, but he politely turned them down. The belief of President Jonathan-led administration then was that since George Muoghalu was the only real opposition element still standing in the Southeast, if the PDP could secure his loyalty, no party could threaten them again in the region.

There is no doubt that George Muoghalu who is currently the National Auditor of the ruling All Progressive Congress [APC] has proved that consistency pays in politics. In this regard however, what other political elites in the Southeast should do is to embark on a study of what made George thick when it comes to politics. As everybody could see, jumping from one party to another, has made mincemeat of many politicians in the Southeast, in terms of political integrity and associated factors. In as much as politics is concerned in Nigeria today, many Nigerians can conveniently endorse George Muoghalu for higher office if situation warrants so in the future. George Muoghalu’s politics is surely as Constant and Consistent as Northern Star. Political pundits believe that Muoghalu’s politics is worthy of emulation by all, particularly, by Southeastern political elites. From every indication, it will not be out of place to say that George Muoghalu is eminently qualified to provide leadership in Nigeria.  

Emeka Oraetoka, Information Management Consultant & Researcher, Wrote in from Garki-Abuja; oramekllis@lycos.com, GSM: 08056031187, 09039094636


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