Ahead of the 2017 governorship election in Anambra state, various political parties are gearing up to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).The race for the November 2017 Governorship Election in Anambra is in full swing and many aspirants have declared their intention to unseat the Incumbent Governor Willie Obiano .Although some parties are yet to conduct their primaries, a lot of party stalwarts are already gearing up for the big race.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) which is a major contender to the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state, is not resting on its oars in its efforts to wrestle power from the incumbent Governor Willie Obiano. The party has many aspirants and has set an eight-man committee, saddled with the responsibility of organising credible primaries to get the best candidate that will stand as a big competition against the current governor and also promote the image of the party in the eyes of the electorate. Another strong party vigorously planning to emerge tops at the elections is PDP and they have reconciled factions in the party to become a united big family under one strong indivisible umbrella.
City People VIVIAN ONUORAH unveils the Anambra 2017 Guber aspirants.
GOV WILLIE OBIANO
His Excellency Governor Willie Obiano is the incumbent governor of Anambra State and the sole aspirant for his party APGA.He is contesting for a re-election to serve a second term come November 2017.Gov Obiano was born at Aguleri, a town in Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria. He received a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Lagos in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration from the same university.Governor Obiano began his banking career in 1981 at the First Bank of Nigeria before he left to join the services of Chevron Oil Nigeria Plc as accountant and rose to the position of Chief Internal Auditor.
In 1989, he was one of the auditors that audited Texaco Refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 1991, he joined the Fidelity Bank as Deputy Manager and head of Audit unit and rose to the position of Executive Director on October 2003.He left the Banking System to join the Nigerian politics and in 2013 contested the November 16, 17 and 30 Anambra State gubernatorial elections on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. He won the election and was sworn in on March 17, 2014 to succeed Peter Obi.He will be completing his first tenure this year and will hopefully complete his second tenure if he wins the upcoming elections.
Senator (Dr) Nnamdi Emmanuel Uba (Andy) ,a Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Senator Andy Uba has joined the race to become Anambra state Governor under the platform of the All Progressives Congress.The top politician who was born on December 14, 1958 in Enugu, Enugu State, to the family of Mr & Mrs Philip Uba whose parentage was from Uga, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State., Senator Andy continued his education after the war at Boys High School Awkunanaw, Enugu State where he obtained his senior school certificate (SSCE).
He gained admission abroad and was engaged in geological studies at Concordia University, Montreal Canada where he graduated with honors in 1984.Dr Uba who had further academic studies at the California State University later proceed to Buxton University in the United Kingdom where he earned a Doctor degree in Bio-Sciences in 1996. Sen. Andy Uba, representing Anambra South Senatorial zone under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), formally defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) several months ago and he is one of the 2017 guber aspirants under APC .
A former Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Osita Chidoka, is one of the aspirants for the November 2017 Anambra governorship election under the United Progressive Party, UPP. Mr. Chidoka, also served as a Minister of Aviation under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Before becoming the Minister of Aviation in 2014, Mr. Chidoka served as the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, a position he held at the age of 36, to become the youngest ever to occupy the seat in 2007.Before then, he served as a Senior Advisor Government and Business Relations in Mobil Producing Nigeria. He also served in several capacities under the federal executive while working closely with various cabinet ministers between 1997 and 2003. A graduate of Management from University of Nigeria, Mr. Chidoka holds post-graduate qualifications in various fields, including a Master’s Degree in Transport Policy and Logistics from George Mason University, USA, Certificate in Global Strategy and Political Economy from Oxford University, UK and Graduate Diploma in Maritime and Ports Management from National University of Singapore.
A graduate of Management from University of Nigeria, Mr. Chidoka holds post-graduate qualifications in various fields, including a Master’s Degree in Transport Policy and Logistics from George Mason University, USA, Certificate in Global Strategy and Political Economy from Oxford University, UK and Graduate Diploma in Maritime and Ports Management from National University of Singapore.
Billionaire oil magnate Ifeanyi Ubah is one of the worthy politicians who would be vying for the guber election come November 2017 and with the amount of influence he wields on the people of Anambra due to his philanthropic nature, he sure will give other candidates a very tough time.
He reportedly joined APC and is touted to be one of the aspirants under the party, although they are yet to hold their primaries. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah (born September 3, 1971), is a Nigerian busines