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Governor Willie Obiano’s direction of Anambra’s affairs will end on March 17, 2022. But his imprint on the state for eight straight years will endure. Not only endure but also assume legendary proportions with the passage of time. Historians will wax lyrical on his double tenure and ascribe to him the quotable, poetic words Julius Caesar uttered in celebration of one of his famous war victories: “Veni, vidi, vici.” Willie Obiano came. He saw. He...

By Joe C Anatune – Guest Columnist My good friend and late Yerima of Auchi, Prince Tony Momoh, never ceased to counsel that in building great cities, it is always better to first build the men and women who will sustain it. From March 17, 2022, when Governor-Elect Cee Cee Soludo will be sworn in, Anambra will commence the journey to a Livable Megacity. This will not be a hundred-metre dash but the benefits of...

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Obviously, the appointment of members of opposition political parties is not an oversight or an error. It is a deliberate effort that makes a bold statement to the effect of giving a hint of the incoming governor’s ambitious political roadmap. AWKA — A careful consideration of the just-released Transition Team of Anambra State Governor-Elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo reveals, among other things, his scope of interest in state, regional and national politics. Soludo who rode on...

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“Prof. Soludo must stand firmly and define the type of government he wants to run from day one in office” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu With four months left for Governor Obiano to hand over to the Governor-Elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, it is expected that political intrigues will set in to define Governor Obiano and Prof. Soludo’s relationship, moving forward. Much of these intrigues will be set in motion by aides to governor Obiano who are now switching...

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“Fortunately or not, democracy dictates that electorates must select from those that have presented themselves to govern.” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu With just a few months left before the 2023 presidential election takes the centre stage, the Southeast is yet to boldly move towards securing the tickets of major political parties in Nigeria. By the Southeast, I am talking about Igbo political leaders who are members of these parties and who have the precise capacity to match...

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The member representing Ekwusigo constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Onyebuchi Offor, has reacted in an exclusive interview with Ebuka Onyekwelu of The West African Pilot News, why he returned to the People’s Democratic Party –PDP from the All Progressives Congress – APC, about a week after the governorship election. In the buildup to the Anambra state governorship election, some members of the Anambra State House of Assembly in APGA first decamped to...

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AWKA — Following the outcome of the 2021 Anambra State governorship election in which Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance –APGA, was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission- INEC, the All Progressives Congress –APC, and its candidate for the election, Sen. Andy Uba, have decided to challenge the election in court. Since the declaration of Prof. Soludo as winner of the election by INEC after the Ihiala local government...

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“Nigerians normally believe that election results do not reflect the choice of voters and that’s why they abstain” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu The Anambra governorship election has come and gone but still, it resonates. Already there are tones of lessons that hopefully have been underscored by analysts and critical stakeholders in our democratic project and moving forward, it is expected that these lessons form the bedrock of further reforms and innovations in our electoral system. A seamless...

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ABUJA — Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a coalition of over 70 organisations said the just concluded Anambra governorship election showed that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) needed to do more in election management. Convener of the Situation Room, Ene Obi said this while reading the document co-signed by her, co-conveners Asmaú Joda and James Ugochukwu at a news conference in Abuja. Obi said that Situation Room sent observers to monitor the Anambra election and...

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AWKA — Wife of late Biafra leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu has thanked Anambra people for keeping faith with her husband’s legacy by giving the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) a landmark victory in the state. Mrs. Ojukwu, who had on the eve of the governorship election invoked the spirit of her husband to lead APGA into the electoral battlefield, expressed satisfaction not only with the conduct of the elections but with the fact that...

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