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Anambra 2021: Insight of the contenders and the pretenders

Barring any last-minute change, 13 days from today November 6, the people of Anambra State will vote for a new governor, who will take over from Willie Obiano, the incumbent governor. Obiano, who is in his second term, would have used eight years as governor by March 17, 2022, on the ticket of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

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Eligible and registered voters in the state are required to gather at different polling units already established by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the states to determine who will rule them for another four years.

The two options before the people are either to endorse through the ballot the continuation of the APG government which will be fielding former Central bank governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, or choose from the array of other political parties participating in the election. It was disclosed that voters across the state are ready for the poll, if the deteriorating security situation in the South-East, particularly Anambra, permits.

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Chief Basil Ejidike, Chairman of APC, asserted the massive defections of political actors in the state was evidence of its party's victory.

Political analyst, Mr Ignatus Oke, said the political gladiators in the state must warn their supporters, particularly with the combustive nature of the security challenges in the state. He also urged the INEC and the security agencies to ensure a transparent process devoid of manipulation, just as he called on various political parties to preach against all forms of electoral malpractices and call their supporters to order.

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Following the trend of politicking going on, it has been observed that only three political parties: the APGA, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have demonstrated seriousness and readiness for the contest. The remaining 15 political parties cleared for the elections by INEC appear to be mere tag-on.

It's also gathered that out of the 18 political parties contesting the election, the ruling APGA, APC and PDP are the ones campaigning for votes across the 21 local government areas of the state as many residents of the state believed that the other political parties might have been intimidated by the insecurity in the state and recurring attacks by gunmen.

Despite the statewide campaigning embarked upon by the big three political parties, only time will tell which of them the residents will empower with their mandate on November 6, 2021.

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The state police command has also expressed its zeal to ensure a hitch-free election on November 6  with its deployment of no fewer than 34, 587 policemen and three helicopters in the state. Mr EchengOworoEcheng, the state Commissioner of Police, ascertained that there would be adequate security for residents and electoral officers and election materials.

This is just as INEC resident electoral commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, on his part, said with the final publication of 18 political parties’ candidates' list, the announcement of the 2,525,471 million people eligible voters, engagement of 26,000 ad hoc staff and other electoral preparedness, the commission is ready to conduct the election in a free, fair and transparent manner without fear or favour.

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