- Embattled Obiano seeks audience with Buhari
- Reaches out to aggrieved APC leaders
- Religion Card Also On Table
Carl Onwudiwe, Awka-
Following the gale of defections that have hit the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in Anambra, where a number of its chieftains and elected members have reportedly defected into the All Progressives Congress, APC and have lent support to the latter’s candidate, Senator Andy Uba, it has been alleged that the party (APGA) has been thrown into the throes of panic fearing much for its survival come November 6, 2021.
realpolitics gathered that the leader of the party, Governor Willie Obiano has attempted to pull the brakes as the party continues to see its chances at the November polls diminish and could see it lose its hold on the only state it presently controls in Nigeria.
Six House of Assembly members had recently crossed over to the APC’s fold giving the party a presence in the state’s politics, a feat not witnessed for the last seven years. It is reported that a number of chieftains within the APGA are on their way into the party as many are not comfortable with what they describe as Obiano’s style of leadership which they say has weakened the party’s appeal to the electorate. This has prompted the governor to adopt a panic mode approach to the situation, calling for an emergency meeting with the members of the House of Assembly as well as the National Working Commitee of the party, led by Chief Victor Oye.
As we write, the Member of the House of Representatives for Orumba North/ South Constituency, Hon Ezenwankwo Okwudili is reportedly on his way to joining the APC.
Obiano is presently said to have reportedly tried a rapprochement with President Muhammadu Buhari using a sitting governor within the SouthEast as well as a sitting minister however, realpolitics gathered that all had been to no avail as the President had shied away from seeing him, but the Anambra State governor has not given up, he has reportedly called a number of Northern emirs to help facilitate an audience.
Asides this, Obiano has also been wooing a number of aspirants who are still aggrieved with the emergence of Uba at the June 26th primaries and his emergence. Of the three major aggrieved aspirants, Obiano has reportedly sent emissaries to each and has sweetened the deal by dangling juicy offers to these aggrieved aspirants who for now are considering a number of options with defection as the only exception in such a situation.
Governor Obiano is also playing the religion card. On one hand he has reached out to the Catholic Establishment, fanning the fears of an Uba victory which he claims will end its dominance in the state’s politics, a dominance it has enjoyed for nineteen years. At the same time, Obiano has attempted to divide the Anglican Establishment, haven nominated Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim , younger brother to Archbishop Alexander Ibezim, Archbishop Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Obiano has thrown the Anglican fold into confusion as it is common knowledge that the Bishop and his supporters may not go against his brother, however, a number of Anglicans have argued that they would not accept any other position save that of the governor, higlighting the numerous cases of humilations suffered by past deputy governors who were of the Anglican Faith. Those rooting for an Anglican governor have identified Uba as the only person that can match any of the Catholic candidates and have thus began mobilizing for his victory. Also, Uba has a number of staunch Catholics backing his ambition. The likes of Chief Sir Paul Chukwuma, his Director General and his running mate, Barrister Emeka Okafor all have good standing with the Catholic Church and may be able to convince the Catholic Establishment in Anambra that an Uba administration would not affect the Catholic Church in any adverse manner. Again, the fact that the People’s Democratic Party,PDP also parades, Valentine Ozigbo who too is a Catholic and has the backing of a former Governor, Peter Obi the main architect of the Catholic Establishment’s dominance in Anambra’s politics may have divided the Church’s support for Soludo or Ozigbo. Lastly, a number of top Catholic Bishops are not also impressed with Obiano’s administration’s credentials and see Soludo as an offshoot of such poor credentials.
Should all these fail, then Obiano will be left with using legal means to prevent an Andy Uba emergence as Governor. Sources close to Obiano told realpolitics that Obiano has asked a select commitee of lawyers led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria to study the Supreme Court judgement on Ondo and advise telling the lawyers that he would go to any length to prevent Andy Uba from becoming governor.