Anambra 2021: Andy Uba Reveals Why Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke Dumped APGA

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Anambra election, Senator Andy Uba, has criticised Willie Obiano, Anambra governor, for his style of governance.

Obiano is backing Charles Soludo, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to succeed him as governor of the state.

Ahead of the November 6 governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the final list of candidates — and electioneering is in full swing.

Speaking during a media parley in Lagos on Monday, Uba alleged that Obiano is detached from the “realities on ground”in Anambra .

The APC governorship candidate said Obiano has not had a face-to-face interaction with Nkem Okeke, his deputy governor, in 18 months.

Dr. Okeke recently defected from APGA to the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by Mai Mala Buni, Yobe state governor, at the presidential villa.

Commenting on the defection, Senator Uba said: “Obiano has not seen his deputy governor for 18 months. They’ve not seen each other. What kind of leader is that?

“Obiano does not engage the people. You must engage the people that are agitating in your state. He cuts off people that are not with him, even if they’re from his place.”

He said his party is engaging stakeholders to find a solution to the security situation in the state.

Uba said: “Election must hold despite security issues. We’re engaging different kinds of people in the state. Obiano has never tried to engage them,” he said.

He said Anambra’s development has been stunted because the incumbent governor does not belong to the ruling party, adding that the state “deserves to be in the centre”.

Earlier, Senator Andy Uba had listed out what he would do in the first six months in office if elected as governor.

He said that he would conduct local government election within the first six months of his first tenure as governor, The Nigerian Tribune reports.

The online news media reports that the APC governorship candidate noted the local government is the pillar of rural development, stating that the Obiano administration had deprived people of the state of the grassroots governance that they deserve.

Senator Uba, made this disclosure while addressing party faithful at a joint meeting with local government and ward executives of the party in Awka, on Sunday, October 17.

Uba said: ” My administration will conduct local government election within my first six months as governor of Anambra State because that is the best way to develop the local government and the rural areas. “

While the guber candidate urged the party faithful to join his campaign train and ensure they deliver in their respective wards, he assured that his party would not give room to any form of malpractice prepared by the rival political parties.

Meanwhile, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state would not be postponed.

Nigerian Tribune reports that a director in the commission, Chima Duruaku, disclosed this in a meeting with media executives at the weekend in Awka, the state capital.

It was gathered that the commission would do everything to follow the law in the conduct of the Anambra election.

Chima said:“INEC is a creation of the law. We do everything according to the law. The law will guide us in the conduct of the Anambra election.

“If the law says we will postpone the election, we shall follow the law. But for now, we’re not thinking of postponing the election. The November 6 date is sacrosanct and we’re working towards that. No shift.”

He denied the claims that the election materials for the Anambra governorship election would come from Imo state

Chima, however, said that all the non-sensitive materials for the November 6, poll were already at the 21 local government areas of the state.

The INEC official further stated that the sensitive materials would be brought into the state a few days to the poll and stored at the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN in the state.

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