How Ukachukwu Over-Powered Bianca To Win Senate Seat
By Osiberoha Osibe
The heat generated by the much-touted plot to impose the widow of the late leader and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu on the party as its flag bearer for 2019 Senatorial race has cooled off following her defeat by Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu.
She polled 177 votes as against 211 votes garnered by Ukachukwu at the end of the resumed primary for the election of APGA’s candidate for the Anambra South Senatorial District held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
Prior to Ukachukwu’s emergence, political pundits have quickly jumped to conclusion that the primary would be between Ojukwu’s widow and Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, the Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Limited.
But following the announcement of the disqualification of Dr. Ubah by the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Victor Oye, it was presumed erroneously that the coast was clear for Mrs Ojukwu to win the race with ease.
The governor, it was thought, had wished that the widow of his predecessor and the former Biafran warlord would be victorious.
Sources, however, opine that the wish of the number one citizen in the state was at cross purpose with that of the wife who feelers had it wanted any person, but Ojukwu’s wife whose think tank was believably aware.
It was gathered from the leadership of Ojukwu’s Campaign Organization that the repeated announcements washing the hands of the governor’s wife off the party’s primaries and warning those that engaged in using her name to desist from the act was diversionary and a direct reference to its camp .
An indication that aspiration of Ikemba’s widow was dead on arrival and not a tea party emerged when her billionaire backer and philanthropist, Professor Godwin Maduka’s visibility in her political soece waned.
The US-based doctor turned politician had taken Ikemba’s wife round as an anointed candidate.
Ahead of the day’s business to pick candudate of APGA for the district, the situation in the early hours of the day was unprecedented.
As if an episode of 007 was being replayed, scores of unknown gun men invaded Ekwulobia Township Stadium, venue of the primary and started shooting sporadically into the air to scare away delegates, officials and journalists, even as the police watched in consternation and had tough time calming the charged atmosphere.
In the ensuing melee, the police threw tear gas into the air to disperse the gun men who withdrew from the scene while gun shots continued to rent the air.
After some hours of the madness, the police beefed up security operatives and normalcy returned for the accreditation of delegates and commencement of voting.
At the end of the electoral process, Ukachukwu won and the joy of his supporters knew no bound.
Speaking after his victory Ukachukwu hailed the dogged fight put up by his opponents, pointing out that his victory was the handiwork of God and an expression of confidence in his ability.
According to him, several schemings were made to frustrate him out of the race, but he trusted in the divine intervention, stressing that he would secure victory as APGA’s flag-bearer in the 2019 election.
He expressed the hope that, if elected, he would deliver democracy dividends which the masses are in dare demand.
Ojukwu’s widow was rooted for hours and short of words to express the dawn of reality on her after the declaration of Ukachukwu as the winner.
But her campaign team alleged that Ukachukwu’s victory was secured through a purported mangy brute and after the collapse of Dr. Ubah’s structure into his own.
It was a sweet victory for Ukachukwu who has had to face stiff opposition to the Senatorial seat from the political bloc, the Old Aguata zone, some years after he became the first Igbo man to win the House of Representatives’ seat for AMAC/Bwari Municipal Federal Constituency, Abuja.
Ukachukwu’s victory rekindles a fierce battle for Anambra South Senatorial District in which the incumbent Senator Andy Uba and his younger brother, chief Chris Uba have secured the tickets of the parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and are talking tough.