On April 11th, State Governors and Assembly’s polls will take place all over the country.
But in Anambra State, it would be a sort of theater for political juggernauts to play their chess mainly on the 30 vacant positions in the state legislative chamber, having held its gubernatorial poll in 2013.
As a result, Governor Willie Obiano in a state wide broadcast, insisted that it would not be business as usual, because according to him, the state ruling APGA is now battle ready to prevent his party from further failure.
APGA had lost all the 11 House of Representative and 3 Senatorial seats to PDP during the Saturday, 28th March NASS poll, lamenting that it was manipulated by PDP which won the said elections.
Recall that APGA has majority in the outgoing state lawmaking chamber, even as it also produced over 40% National Assembly members, who had now decamped to PDP and APC respectively, over grievances with the party executive.
Following this, the battle for the state Assembly seat is between the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) ,Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC), who recently won the presidential poll.
The State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano; the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh; the State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Tony Onyima; and all the candidates that participated in the NASS election under APGA, addressed separate press conferences condemning the outcome of the national assembly elections, even as the party hold series of meetings and campaign with stakeholders with a view to forestalling failure at the forthcoming poll.
But out of the 30 serving lawmakers in Anambra State House of Assembly; 20 members struggle hard to retain their positions, 5 were denied tickets by their political parties via primary elections and court injunctions as well; while 4 others contested for the Saturday March 28 Federal House of Representative poll.
The sitting legislatures gunning to return to the hallow chamber include Hon. Umeh Ikechukwu (Aguata1-APGA); Hon. Ikem Uzoezie (Aguata 2-APGA); Hon. Benson Nwawulu of Ogbaru 1 (APGA); Hon. Kingsley Iruba and Hon. Rita Maduagwu of Nnewi South 1 and Nnewi South2 are respectively from APGA.
Others are Hon. Paulinus Onyeka of Ekwusigo (APGA); Hon. John Olibie of Dunukofia (PDP); Hon. Chugbo Enwezor of Onitsha North 1 (APGA); while Onitsha South 1 has Hon. Dr. Emeka Anaebonam (APC); even as Onistha South 2 has Hon. Beverly Nkemdiche Ikpeazu of APGA.
Also, other sitting lawmakers seeking for second tenure are Hon. Romanus Ugochukwu of Orumba North (APGA); Orumba South, Hon. Nkiru Nikky Ugochukwu (APGA); Hon.Vivian Okadigbo (APGA) for Oyi; Idemili-North, Hon. Tony-Oneweek Mournagor of APC; Idemili South, Hon. Ebele Obi of APC; Hon. Victor Jideofor Okoye for Anambra West (APGA); Hon. Obinna Emenaka of APGA for Anambra East; Engr. Kenechukwu Chukwuemeka of APC in Awka South 1; Hon. Harford Ikechukwu Oseke of Awka 2.
On the other hand, Hon. Chukwudi Orizu, the Deputy Speaker of the Hallow Chamber and representative of Nnewi North; Hon. Ebele Ejiofor, of Anaocha 1 State Constituency and his counterparts from Anaocha 2, Hon. Anslem Dunu (both APGA sitting lawmakers) were denied tickets to fulfill the alleged zoning arrangement in their various constituencies; while Hon. Rebecca Udorji of Awka-North; and Hon. Modestus Ohazulike of Ihiala 2 lost their tickets in PDP (Ejike Oguebego led faction) sequel to court action which recently replaced their names with candidates of the party loyal to Hon. Ken. Emekayi faction.
Similarly, the 5 State Lawmakers, who tested their popularity on the National Assembly election; were Hon. Emeka Anohu of Ihiala 1 State Constituency (PDP), now PDP-House of Representative-Elect for Ihiala Federal Constituency; Hon. Clare Chinwe Nwaebili, the outgoing Speaker of the state House of Assembly, representative Ogbaru 1 under APGA, but lost her bid to represent Ogbaru Federal House of Representative via APGA; and Hon. Emeka Iduu of Onitsha North 2 State constituency (PDP) and winner for Onitsha North/South Federal Constituency at Federal House of Representative via same political platform.
Others include Hon. Godwin Onyewife of Ayemelum state constituency who came to the hallow chamber through PDP, but recently decamped to APGA to vie for Oyi/Ayemelum Federal Constituency which he lost out to his PDP counterpart; and Hon. Valentine Ayika of Njikoka 1 State Constituency, whose PDP-Faction loyal to Ejike Oguebego Factional Chairman had his name sub-changed to the current winner of Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency, Dr. Okey Eze, a faithful of Hon. Ken Emeakayi faction.
There are also hosts of green horns campaigning vigorously for triumphant entry into lawmaking chamber.
But could the serving state legislators on the race for re-election under APGA make it or give way for rampaging APC or struggling PDP in the state?
The outcome of this election, Daily Times reported would determine the fate of Governor Willie Obiano and that of APGA as a political party.
Should Obiano fail to grab the lawmakers for APGA then the party may die natural death as earlier predicted by analysts, who also believe that APGA’s failure may force the state Governor and loyalties to dump the party for APC.
Indeed, the die is cast as outcome of the election mars or makes APGA and the political dynasty of Obiano against former Governor Peter Obi, whose relationship with the incumbent strained beyond repair since he joined PDP.