Anambra Guber: Fringe parties resurrect
For Nigerian politicians, ambition for political offices is worth giving everything it takes to actualise once there is aspiration. And this is why they devote huge resources to political activities, especially during elections to emerge as party flag bearers. Politicians are incurable optimists who believe that with their followers cheering them and massaging their ego, every political step they take, especially during electioneering period is capable to land them to the ‘Promised Land’ as well as drawing them closer to the seat of power.
Ahead of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, the contest has revived political activities in the state, with candidates’ campaign billboards and posters being visible in strategic places in all the 21 local governments in the state to canvass for votes from the electorate.
As at today about 15 visible candidates are set to wrestle for power in the November 18 governorship poll that is expected to produce the Chief Executive Officer of the state come March 17, 2018, when the incumbent governor, Chief. Willie Obiano, is expected to leave office unless he is re-elected for another four years.
With the emergence of candidates of the major political parties in the state, the stage is set for Governor Obiano of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA); Hon. Tony Nwoye of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chief Osita Chidoka of the United Progressives Party (UPP), who are regarded as the leading candidates in the gubernatorial poll. But some of the fringe political parties in their quest not to be left out in the governorship poll are also featuring candidates for the election to register their presence in the state.
While the gubernatorial primaries of some parties were crisis-free, that cannot be said of APC and PDP, which were rejected by some aspirants. The development may lead to another internal wrangling before the contest unless the issues are laid to rest. With some politicians losing out during their primary elections, it is clear that the rejected stones by the major political parties in the state may be a corner stone for some of the fringe parties which might likely substitute their candidates for new one before the closure of the window for replacement of party candidates by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Having lost out in the APC and PDP primaries, some of aspirants have decided to implement their Plan B, which is to make use of any of the fringe parties to realise their ambition of contesting the November 18 governorship poll. With the state of things, a lot of political drama may unfold in Anambra State in a few days time over choice and replacement of candidates within the fringe parties as the leadership of the lesser parties may finally give their respective tickets to the highest bidders.