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Oh yes, the people have spoken. Igbo kwenu.Ahamefula is my name and the Anambra people have demonstrated it. It was the grammatical Patience Jonathan who once said that Ojukwu is gone but his 'manhood' still lives on, whatever that means. I cannot stop laughing. Truly speaking Ojukwu is gone but he is still strongly living in the minds and hearts of the people he left behind and that is not to die. I had feared in the build up to the election that the rigging machinery of either the APC or PDP would hijack the people's mandate by hook or crook. Thank God for INEC living up to expectation.

Oh yes, the people have spoken. Igbo kwenu.Ahamefula is my name and the Anambra people have demonstrated it. It was the grammatical Patience Jonathan who once said that Ojukwu is gone but his 'manhood' still lives on, whatever that means. I cannot stop laughing. Truly speaking Ojukwu is gone but he is still strongly living in the minds and hearts of the people he left behind and that is not to die. I had feared in the build up to the election that the rigging machinery of either the APC or PDP would hijack the people's mandate by hook or crook. Thank God for INEC living up to expectation.


    For me this is a sign of good things to come in 2019 if the effort is sustained. President Buhari had shown that his party is not desperate to clean up all the states as many are wont to think. Few days to the election PMB as part of his tour of Eastern states had visited Anambra but it didn't change the electoral fortune of his party. Earlier, Peter Obi, the predecessor of Willie Obiano and now a staunch member of APC with credible records during his tenure had amassed opposition surprisingly against his successor but the Anambra people insists they know what they want. 
    But what is more significant that stood out in the election is its non-violent nature. There were no reports of killing, burning down of electoral materials showing the maturity of Anambra politicians who as Igbos are tagged as very desperate for money and power. OsitaChidoka of the United Peoples Party has already conceded defeat to Obiano whom he believes had the superior mandate of the people as expressed in the gap of the election results. The combined results of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) did not anywhere scare the eventual winner, showing they were no match going by the people's choice. The landslide victory recorded by Obiano in the 21 local governments showed how widely accepted he is by the people. 
    The pre-election opinion polls had actually put up the APGA candidate as the winner to emerge. And it came to pass meaning it was conducted without bias. What played out in Anambra in spite of the tension that had characterized the polls provides lesson points for states and politicians with characteristics of electoral violence. Of course, the downside in the whole affair is the evil of sharing of money to the electorates to influence their decisions. Virtually all the parties are guilty of this. Money politics remains the bane of Nigerian politics. The INEC should devise a way to check this.
    Power they say belongs to the people and the people have once more drummed it loud and clear that APGA is Anambra and Anambra is APGA. Others should stop worrying. In a country that is polarized along the three major ethnic groups, with each struggling for power using the instrumentality of party machinery, what has the Igbo man? The West and the North in each political dispensation have always had their party. This is the reason the victory of APGA remains symbolic to me. Why can't we be proud of our own? Why do we always like to play the second fiddle, joining others rather than taking the initiative and get others to woo us as well?
    I have no partisan attachment but always rooting for what is right but I must confess that my sympathy is tilting towards APGA because the developmental strides recorded in Anambra since it has occupied the seat of power aligns very well with the progressive nature of the typical Igbo man which has made him the envy of others. You cannot compare what is happening in Anambra with the other Igbo states. The result is there for all to behold, either in agriculture, education, commerce etc. The Igbos traces their root to Nri in Anambra. Is it any surprise that Chukwuabiama is behind it all? APGA wunkeanyi (is our own).
    RochasOkorocha climbed to power on the ticket of APGA and showed ingratitude by ditching it to join APC. Whatever little thing that might be credited to him was achieved in that first tenure because of APGA's influence. He lost focus and entered the bush and turned himself a terror against the people overnight immediately he defected. We can see the difference. If he had joined forces then with his Anambra counterpart APGA and Ndi Igbo would have grown stronger in Nigerian politics. Other Igbo States may have joined the APGA family. During the APC campaign Okorocha had sought to inject virus in the state by asking them to vote APC so he would have a twin APC governor but Anambrarians it seems are wiser because they would not want anybody to destroy Ochanja market, mould discredited leaders or owe workers' salaries. 
    Now Obiano has another opportunity to conclude the programs he commenced. There is need for continuity of those laudable programs while he has also got another opportunity to right the wrongs that has been observed in his administration, so he could write his name in gold. He has a chance to improve on the performance of his predecessor so he can propagate the good image of APGA to the envy of other parties. Whither IPOB and their threat? The number of voters which is a bit higher than the corresponding election has proved that all the threats were all noise. The voter apathy could be explained by other factors other than the IPOB threat as some believing. 
    With the massive influx of politicians defecting back to APGA in both Anambra and Imo especially, there are signs that the party is one to watch. It makes so much sense that Igbos should build the party strongly going forward and use it as a tool to bargain the support of other ethnic group to secure the much elusive Igbo presidency. With support built around APGA it will disprove the claims by detractors that Igbos can never speak with one voice. The time to do so is now. Congrats Willie Obiano, Congrats APGA, Congrats ndiAnambra.


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