by Alexander O. Onukwue
As the Anambra elections are on the way, the APC, like any ambitious ruling party wishing to strengthen its hold on the nation, are making plans to win the state.
While responding to remarks credited to the APC Chairman, John Oyegun, Obiano noted that “Anambra is crucial to their [APC] plot of making inroads into the south east”. With general elections to come in less than twenty months time, the purpose of this inroad if made successfully could be pivotal.
But does the APC truly need Anambra?
Of the five states in the South East, the ruling party only has Imo State as the state with an APC Governor, but even there, it does not have a very strong hold with only one of the three Senators representing Orlu, Okigwe and Owerri from the APC. All legislative positions in Imo, Abia and Ebonyi state are occupied by the PDP, with the exception of one from Abia on the APGA platform.
In Anambra, the APC has key heads in Senator Andy Uba and the House of Representatives member, Tony Nwoye, and both are vying for the party’s ticket to be its nominee for the November polls. On the calculation that either of them wins the eventual election, it is the expectation of the Party that it would lay the foundation for enabling it claim the entirety of the legislative seats that would be available in 2019.
Perhaps more crucially is the fact that with 1.96 million voters, Anambra, in the 2015 elections, had more registered voters than any other south eastern state, though Imo state had about 27,000 more accredited voters than they did. INEC reported over 133,000 voted the APC in Imo, compared to just above 17,000 in Anambra, which was even bettered by the 19,518 that voted APC in Ebonyi.
The APC will feel they can do better in that state in 2019, and one step towards attaining that would be to have what it had in Imo in those elections – a sitting APC Governor.