“Obiano’s APGA is a winner and indomitable in Anambra”- Emeka Chiakwelu

UnknownAmericans will say, “Do not kid yourself” which literally means not to
deceive oneself; no political party can defeat All Progressives Grand
Alliance (APGA) on their home turf of Anambra State. I am not saying
this to join the bandwagon because Chief Willie Obiano is winning the
governorship election in Anambra State.

This is not the case; I have the opportunity to be on the ground and to
feel the pulse of Anambra voters. APGA despite all its flaws,
vulnerabilities and challenges have a special place in the hearts of the
Anambra people. APGA with its political potency and almost eight years in
power have become part and parcel of Anambra cultural, sociological and
political infrastructure.

There are 21 local governments in Anambra State and according to INEC
results, Chief Willie Obiano, the governorship candidate for APGA has
already won 17 local governments. Why will that surprise anybody? The
performance of Obiano so far was grounded on the love and admiration the
people of Anambra state have for their late hero Dim Ikemba Emeka Ojukwu.
The Ojukwu factor was quite essential in this election and APGA never
failed to remember to the people the hero of Ndi-Igbo, The Great Ikemba of
Igbo land.

Governor Peter Obi is a political strategist and pragmatist; he came up
with political campaign theme of “continuity”. With this punch line he
extrapolated that the face of the governor might have changed but the
core belief of the party will remain unchanged. Then Obi went further to
labeled APGA an “Igbo party”, and this may sound as a political
unorthodoxy to a political purist. But with this strategy APGA moved
beyond a political party into a cultural phenomenon that has invited
every Igbo from Anambra to become part and parcel of APGA. Governor Obi
made every Anambra citizen a stakeholder in APGA.

It will be difficult for Chris Ngige to win governorship election in
Anambra State not because he was rejected by the people but because his
political party APC has been defined by his political opponents as
something foreign and unacceptable in Anambra State.

Ngige is well loved in Anambra State and people have not forgotten his
years of solidarity and achievements in the state. But as the people have
reminded him, they said he is in the wrong political party.

Many outsiders and Nigerians living in USA may not understand the power of
emotional capital. Many of the voters have emotional connection and
investment in APGA and when they voted for Chief Willie Obiano – they were
voting for Igbo solidarity, they are voting for Governor Obi’s decency and
ultimately they were voting for their hero – DIM IKEMBA.

Congratulation to Chief Willie Obiano and APGA!!!

Emeka Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have
appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other
important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in
many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning
including tagteam Harvard Education. http://www.afripol.org, info@afripol.org

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