Why APGA, APC others will lose Anambra 2021 guber – Nkwocha
By Our reporter
Emma Nkocha, Anambra governorship aspirant under the platform of Young Progressives Party (YPP) has downplayed the chances of APGA, APC and PDP, three highly rated political parties in winning the November 6, 2021 poll.
Nkwocha, a former Commissioner of information, Anambra state disclosed that the outcome of party primaries would determine the party and candidate that will succeed Governor Willie Obiano at Agu-Awka.
When asked to rate the chances of the ruling party consolidating power in the state beyond 16 years with former CBN Governor, Chukwuma Soludo as its candidate, the Ide Enugu Ukwu said that his candidature comes with grave risk following his failed governorship bid in 2014.
“There is likelihood that he will lose again if APGA field him as their candidate in this election. If they give him ticket now, what happened to him in PDP may happen again. PDP NWC handed him the party’s ticket in Abuja. PDP members in Anambra worked against him.
He insists that Soludo is not a grassroots politician and that may work against his candidature. “He believes in economic theories that will not work in Nigeria. Most of his ideas are fantastic on paper but they are not workable in a country so enmeshed in corruption, ethnic and religious politics. Soludo was better as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and as global economic consultant because that is his area of specialisation. But he has not done well as a politician.
He equally dismissed APC and PDP chances on the premise that the party may likely field a controversial candidate. According to him, the only way APC could clinch the governorship was by handing the ticket to George Moghalu, the Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). “If APC which is serious about Anambra governorship, it should hand the ticket to George Moghalu. He is a core APC member and a credible leader.
Nkocha also predicted that the PDP’s chances of winning the Anambra 2021 guber will be afflicted by politics of imposition of candidate, going by the cheer size of aspirants chasing the party flag and possibility of the NWC of the party settling for an unpopular candidate amongst them.
“If Governor Nyesom Wike had the gut to declare on Channels TV that Iyom Senator Uche Ekwunife has no capacity to become Anambra governor, that he will advise Andy Uba to adopt her as his running mate, it means that the decision has been taken at the National Working Committee (NWC). That is the problem I have with PDP that made me to leave them. They will impose somebody on you.
Nkwocha expressed high optimisms of snatching the YPP guber ticket from Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and beating other party candidates on the poll. “I am confident of beating other contenders. Right now, we are mobilizing women and youths at village and community levels to back our mandate. It’s like house-to-house campaign. We already have a grassroots movement called Oga-Ndi-Oga which already has strong followership across the state; and with such strong followership, we are confident of victory at the polls.
According to him, the Anambra governorship is not about having PhD certificate or being bankrolled by money-bags or mega party. “It’s about having the right development plans and programmes for the masses, especially the youths who are the future leaders”.
He also dismissed the clamour for parties to zone the 2021 gubernatorial ticket to Anambra South senatorial district as promotion of illegality. “My problem is that this zoning arrangement is not in our constitution and therefore not legal. Secondly, that APGA came up with that zoning arrangement does not mean that other parties must adopt it too. And it does not also mean that they are sure that such candidate would win.