The Oasis Reporters
September 17, 2018
The race for the Anambra South Senatorial race has all the interesting mix of beauty, brains and bread. Big bread, for Nnewi is where to find a billionaire every ten meters. Many of Nigeria’s billionaires are from that industrial hub of eastern Nigeria that emerged from the ruins of the civil war in 1970 to top industrial city.
The billionaires have moved into politics and the Nigerian senate is certainly going to stink of raw cash.
According to Ikedi Ohakim, fifteen billionaires have been assembled to back ex beauty queen Bianca Onoh Ojukwu for the Senate under the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, a party her late husband and former separatist Biafran leader, Gen. Odumegwu Ojukwu once ran as presidential candidate under.
A NAN report says that billionaire business moguls, Mr Ifeanyi Ubah and Mr Nicholas Ukachukwu are contesting for the same Anambra South senatorial ticket on the platform of the APGA with Bianca Ojukwu who was made Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain under President Goodluck Jonathan.
While announcing the assemblage of the billionaire backers for Bianca Ojukwu, former governor of Imo State, Mr Ikedi Ohakim had penultimate week, disclosed the information at Ekwulobia in Aguata LGA of Anambra during Ojukwu‘s formal declaration of interest for the senatorial seat.
He said, “the Igbo will not stand and watch anybody intimidate Ojukwu’s widow in any circumstance.”
He added, “We shall march her opponents strength for strength and cash for cash.”
NAN reports that in the just concluded APGA retreat held in Awka, Anambra state capital, the Board of Trustee chairman and Anambra Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, said that the party primaries would be free and fair.
He urged all interested political contestants in all the elective posts to get prepared to face their constituents during the party primary.
Former political godfather to Anambra governors who had a debilitating hidden brawl with ex- gov Chris Ngige, Chief Chris Ubah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come out of the shadows to join the race to the Senate as Anambra South Senator in the 2019 election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Uba is contending for the seat with his elder brother and serving senator, Andy Ubah who is re-contesting under the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Briefing journalists in Awka on Sunday, Anambra PDP Chairman, Ndubuisi Nwobu, said that the PDP had bright chances in the 2019 poll in the state considering the quality of people picking the party’s various nomination forms.
He said that others who had picked the party’s nomination forms for the senatorial race in the state were a one-time security adviser to the Anambra State Government, Chief Chuma Nzeribe, former governorship aspirants, Messrs Alex Obiogbolu and Obinna Uzor.
Nwobu said the party would field candidates for the 11 House of Representatives seats in the state and the 30 House of Assembly seats in the general elections in 2019.
The PDP chairman said that the likes of Chris Ubah had a track record of positive political dispositions in the state and was optimistic that his decision to run under the party would restore lasting peace and victory to the party.
Nwobu said that Ubah was known as the godfather of Anambra politics since 1999 and had been sponsoring candidates for political positions both in the PDP and other political parties.
He said that Ubah had in the past had political battles with two former governors of the state, Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju and Chris Ngige over appointments and other political patronages which he came out strong.