Willie Obiano’s two-term tenure as the Governor of Anambra state will come to an end by 17th march 2022 .
He is the fourth democratic governor of the state on the All Progressivess Grand Alliance (APGA) platform.
The suspense as to who will succeed Obiano is fever pitch as men and women of high ranks and accomplishments have thus far declared interest.
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has fixed 6th November 2021 as the date of the polls ,with political parties given between 10th June till 1st July 2021 to conduct their respective gubernatorial primaries with the last day for campaigns being 4th November 2021.
Thus far, most of Anambra indigenes who have expressed their interest to run for governorship are high level business men , millionaires, politicians and philanthropists . Some of the big names Anambarians look forward to are Sen.Ifeanyi Uba , Prof.Soludo Charles Chukwuma, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, Godwin Maduka, Chris Emeka Azubuogu, Dr Obiọma Nwankwo, Engr Johnbosco Onunkwo, Dr Mmaduka Kwesiri, Dr Chidozie Nwankwo and Smart Chinonso.
Others are Ugochukwu Okeke, Chuma Nzeribe, Obiora Okonkwo, Ike Oluigbo, Emeka Etiaba, Harry Oranezi,Obinwuda Ohaegbu,Ifedi Ogbonna, Iyom Uche Ekwunife ,Godwin Ezimo and Walter Okeke.
Their campaign promises include providing to Anambra indigenes infrastructure, power, foreign investment, quality services, Education, human capital development, security, job creation, housing ,youth development and solving environmental challenges. It is a wonder that after 21 years of APGA’s democratic leadership there still exist a dearth of a measure of quality living in the state.
The four most prominent Political parties in Anambra- YPP, APC ,PDP and APGA are presently preoccupied with necessary activities leading to the run up of the gubernatorial. There are claims that the state needs a paradigm shift in governance but thus far, we are yet to see or hear a clear blueprint on how those jostling for the Number one seat in the state is going to do that.
It goes beyond politicking or exchange of invectives. A state with a high number of dilapidated roads, insecurity, high unemployment and from a domestic and external debt of ₦3.026billion and $30.324million in 2014 to ₦59.013billion and $115.886million respectively, contenders should come forth with a clear plan and performance strategy otherwise it would be mere rhetorics and jamboree ,as is the custom of typical Nigerian politicians.
As Nigerians wish Anambarians luck as they go to the polls by November, they also hope that any winner who would emerge will consolidate on the achievements on ground while also immediately deploying workable strategies on how to lift the state to her former glory .