The intriguing battle in the Anambra State gubernatorial elections come November 6, 2021 is exhilarating to put it mildly. Away from the suits, counter-suits and the ever changing list of INEC recognized contestants after each court ruling, the race as it stands has interesting names vying for the office of the governor of the State.
The first name we will look at is APC’s Emmanuel Nnamdi Andy Uba. Andy Uba had once been elected governor of Anambra State in 2007 but the court voided the election to allow Peter Obi complete his four-year tenure in office. It had taken Obi about 3 years to reclaim his mandate won in 2003 and as at the time of the 2007 election, Peter Obi had only been in office for a year.
The Supreme Court therefore ruled that the election that brought Andy Uba to offices in 2007 was invalid because Obi still had 3 years left in his mandate.
In 2011 Andy Uba was elected to the Senate under the PDP but not before running again in the gubernatorial election of 2009 under the Labour Party. He finished third in that election.
Ex-senator Andy Uba, obviously because of the divisions and crisis in the Anambra PDP, defected to the APC in 2017. He has now clinched the ticket to be APC’S flagbearer in the November 6, Governorship Election.
The second on the list is Ugochukwu Uba of the PDP. Yes, Ugochukwu Uba is the elder brother of Andy Uba! His emergence as the PDP flagbearer for the governorship election hasn’t been without a lot of controversies and wranglings. In fact, it is an ongoing litigations with INEC omitting PDP entirely from its list of candidates. Ugochukwu Uba was a PDP Senator in 2003. It is left to be seen what the final decision of the courts would be on his candidacy of the PDP.
The third on the list is yet another Senator, Ifeanyi Ubah. But Ifeanyi Ubah is not related to the other two Ubas. Interestingly, Ifeanyi Ubah has been a flagbearer for the Labour Party in 2014 in the Anambra gubernatorial election which of course APGA won. He was elected to the Senate two years ago from the YPP on which platform he now contests for the governorship of Anambra.
If INEC obeys yesterday’s high court ruling to publish the name of Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the APGA flagbearer, he certainly will be one of the top favourites to win the race. There are a total of 36 candidates for the election.