By Michael Chibuzo
On Friday, 1st December, 2023 Anambra political scene will witness a seismic shift and an informal change of baton following the formal entry of two political heavyweights in Anambra State, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and Sen. Uche Ekwunife into the All Progressives Congress fold in what promises to be an era-defining moment.
Few weeks ago, the Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, joined the APC on the floor of the red hallowed chamber. This political move sent shivers down the spine of Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) back home in Anambra State. Soludo immediately placed himself on 2025 campaign mode.
Soludo and the APGA hierarchy, who are yet to recover from news of Sen. Ubah’s entry into APC now have the double misfortune to contend with the anticipated entrance of Senator Uche Ekwunife into APC! This has understandably multiplied their headaches. APGA is daily witnessing a resurgent rise of the All Progressives Congress in Anambra State.
The entry of the duo of Senator Ubah and Ekwunife will drastically bolster the ranks of the APC in Anambra State and turn it to the party with the most formidable assemblage of the most progressive heavyweight politicians in Anambra. In case APGA still do not understand the shape of the new united Anambra APC that is emerging, it is necessary to briefly remind them.
Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah and Sen. Uche Ekwunife are joining thoroughbred progressives in APC such as the DG, National Planning Commission, Dr. Ben Akabueze, Chief Sylvester Okonkwo (Chief of Staff to the Senate President), Barr. Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye (Women Affairs Minister), Dr. Chioma Ejikeme (Executive Secretary PTAD), Sen. Andy Uba, Dr. Chris Ngige, Dr. George Moghalu, Engr. Azuka Okwuosa, Chief Johnbosco Onunkwo, Sir Paul Chukwuma, Chief Chibuzo Obiakor, Chief Uche Nworah, Sen. Margery Okadigbo, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, Chief Kodilichukwu, Sir Ifeanyi Ibezim, and a host of other distinguished individuals too numerous to mention here.
Beyond the assemblage of these heavyweight individuals, the APC boasts in its rank and file, the most intelligent and patriotic support base in Anambra State. These are people who understand what governance in a 21st century ought to be. With the newfound unity and determination in place today in Anambra State APC chapter, it is almost impossible for APGA to withstand or resist the tsunamic quest for good governance that the new APC will rally round ndi Anambra to champion henceforth.
The Soludo administration is now fully on campaign mode instead of governance judging from the streaks of propaganda flowing out from the state government media machinery. For instance, federal rice palliatives are now being christened Soludo palliatives and shared to APGA supporters in 10kg bags branded conspicuously with Soludo and APGA images. This is in stark contrast to what was seen in many other states sizeable palliatives were shared without political undertones.
Also the State Governor keeps regurgitating stale and audio promises of tax rebates to low income businesses and artisans anywhere he goes while his aides never fail to package free universal basic education, which has been in place for more than two decades as a phantom achievement of the Governor. Anything hypable is hyped by the Soludo propaganda machinery in an attempt to hoodwink ndi Anambra to believe ‘Solution is here’ and plead for another term for the governor.
However ndi Anambra are wiser now, to them, solution is not written on signboards and expensive billboards but on the things they can see and feel. They cannot reinforce failure or subpar performance. As of today, ndi Anambra only see and feel deceit, unfulfilled promises, chaos, confusion in governance and opaqueness as far as the administration of Charles Soludo is concerned. They are ready to change vehicle and driver come 2025.
Luckily, the APC is building a brand new modern and progressive political vehicle to ferry ndi Anambra to our desired destination come 2025. The entry of Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah and Sen. Uche Ekwunife into the party is just a small beginning of this process. In due course, a highly competent driver for this alternative new vehicle will emerge with a smart and reliable conductor and Anambra’s Rise will commence in earnest.