campaigns in Anambra State
are grounding to a halt, making
way for the governorship ballot
of November 18, 2017. It is
necessary to review the road
since travelled, and project on
expected outcomes. For those
with an ear to the ground, the
campaigns unofficially started
when, a year after he got into
office, Governor Obiano made it
clear that he was not interested
in being anyone’s stooge.
Now everything is coming
to a dazzling conclusion.
The campaign convoys are
backing out of streets and
squares and veering into
parking lots. Loudhailers are
coming unstuck from sundry
lips, stopping the torrents of
flowery promises. Those that
have screamed their vocal cords
sore can now race to “chemist”
shops for lozenges. Branded
T-shirts andankara wrappers
will thenceforth constitute little
other than fashion statements
and bed sheets.
It has been a stretched season
of sometimes bewildering
political punditry. Some of
the louder political players
were presented as capable of
scattering the ground. But,
ultimately, not one thing was
turned upside down, none
inside out. A lot of the dramatis
personae did not heed Dr.
Nnamdi Azikiwe’s counsel
on the futility of dancing well
before the first throbs of the
drums. Not surprisingly, they
danced themselves so lame that,
in the currency of pulsating
music, they are AWOL. Those
with healthy feet are now
weaving intricate Atilogwu and
Mkpokiti dance sequences to
voters’ delight.
The temptation is strong
to phone Oseloka Obaze
and ask, “How market?”
Professor Chukwuma Charles
Soludo had said that, under
Governor Obiano, Anambra
Statewas in safe hands. “If it
isn’t broken, why mend it?”
He had asked. But Mr. Obaze
pointed to broken china in the
sun. When asked how and
why he planned a pastiche of
Anambra’s wholesome political
dispensation, he turned to Peter
Obi, his godfather, for answers.
Thus, it’s been a sorry spectacle
of ex-Governor Obi leading
Obaze from pillar to post,
spewing discordant figures
of the fabulous billions he left
behind. But people preferred
to hear it from Obaze. They
never did. Which prompts this

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question: what does Obaze stands
Still, Obaze’s PDP had other
than identity problems. In terms of
landmass, Anambra is one of the
two smallest Nigerian states. Yet,
the PDP train couldn’t manage a
tour of all the 21 local government
areas. A touch of the absurd even
set in, a case of using the mouth
that called a woman barren to
later ask after her children’s
welfare! At campaign rallies
PDP stalwarts busied themselves
distributing bags of the Anambra
Rice they previously claimed was
nonexistent. Strangely, and like
people of scraped eyebrows, they
never bothered to first scrape the
image of Obiano and the Anambra
Rice letterings on the bags. That
could pass for desperation.
But what does one make of
reports that Obaze often went
into frenzy, complaining that Mr.
Obi wasn’t religiously turning in
funds from campaign donors?
And what does one also make
of reports that Obaze’s godfather
lately developed a penchant for
phoning Tony Nwoye, to aver
that PDP’s entire hoopla was
designed to make him the tenant
of Government House, Awka?
Insofar as the November 18 ballot
is concerned, the PDP has hit
Point Nunc Dimittis.
The APC’s case is even more
pathetic. Anambra is NOT an
APC state. As a matter of fact,

the party is rootless in the Igbo
country. Whenever it comes
up for mention, the images of
Igbo youth drowned in mire are
invoked; the images of the others
downed by gunfire are evoked.
When Boko Haram went wild,
they warned President Jonathan
that attacks on the terrorists
amounted to attacks on the north.
When the Odua Peoples Congress
(OPC) reacted to the nullification
of MKO Abiola’s presidential
election victory and his
subsequent liquidation in prison,
the Yoruba got compensated with
the Obasanjo presidency. When
the Niger Delta militants rose in
promotion of resource control,
they got general amnesty and
scholarships. But Igbo youths
merely waved Biafran flags and
asked for self-determination, only
to be felled in large numbers. That
is why Ndi Anambra are certain
that an APC government in Awka
can only fly on the wings of a
stolen mandate.
There are other parties, of
course, that are in the running,
including the PPA, UPP, DSS,
ETC, and many more. But – no
harm meant – most of them
belong to the category of “also
rans”. The good thing about
their participation in the political
exercise is its coincidence with the
finest of democratic principles.
It brings everything down to the

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Willie Obiano Appeal. There is no
Nigerian Governor as abused as
he is. If the lies against him were
fused into a bomb and detonated,
Hiroshima and Nagasakicould
be reenacted. To recall some the
lies and contradictions of anti-
Obiano forces. They claimed
that, since inception, the Obiano
administration has not completed
a single road project. Yet, they lie
that, in nepotism, Obiano had
constructed all of 35 roads in his
Aguleri hometown! They have
lied through two years that the
three flyovers Obiano constructed
in Awka are “sinking” and
“collapsing”. Yet, the edifices
stand unshakeable like the Rock
of Gibraltar! Peter Obi’s campaign
train often cruised on them. Tony
Nwoye’s campaign train often
cruised on them. Is it rational for
the sane to ply dangerous routes?
Some of the liars collected
pictures of Governor Obiano from
his Media Team and doctored
them with Photoshop to transmit
derogatory messages. They
embossed on imported wine
bottles the picture of Governor
Obiano and announced to their
ilk that the Meredith Akinloye
era was back. They even said that
Obiano had imported a gold bed
for $50 million or N17.5 billion, a
commentary on the grotesqueries
of these times.
To continue, they dismissed as
insignificant the fact Governor

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Obiano owes no salaries,
owes no pensions and owes
no gratuities. If the prompt
payment of salaries and
allowances is no big deal,
why does the APC Federal
Government owe civil servants
a colossal N290 billion in
promotion arrears? Why
does the APC Kogi State
Government owe 15 months in
unpaid salaries? Why have APC
governments in Kwara and
Osun State not paid their civil
servants in one year? Why have
Federal financial bailouts failed
to ameliorate the deadweight of
unpaid salaries and perquisites
in APC states?
Governor Willie Obiano is like
the eagle; insults hurled at him
are like rainfall that baths the
king of birds! That is the meaning
of staying power. It issues
from one’s personal appeal,
charm, charisma and solid
gubernatorial achievements.
Ndi Anambra will not deny
General Chukwuemeka
Odumegwu-Ojukwu. They
cannot let APGA, the only
national political party indexed
on the Igbo country, to go into
oblivion. They will return Willie
Maduaboruchukwu Obiano for
a second term of Office.