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26 Aug 2018


It seems that the consensus among the politicians in Anambra state was that after Willy Obiano,the next governor will emerge from the Anambra South.
Anambra South consists of seven local government areas,namely Aguata,Orumba North,Orumba South,Nnewi North,Nnewi South,Ekwusigo and Ihiala.
This assumption came as a result of the dynamics of the last governorship election where virtually all the major parties picked their candidates from the Anambra North which the zoning arrangement favoured.
Winner,Sir Willy Obiano,runner up Tony Nwoye,third placed Dubem Obaze were all from the northern part of the state.Save for PPA's Godwin Ezeemo who scratched to contest from the South.
With the swearing in of Obiano for a second term,the battle for his successor has since begun.
The rumor in town is that Prof.Chukwuma Soludo,the former Central Bank governor has been penciled down by the ruling party in the state with tacit endorsement by governor Obiano.
To give credence to the rumour, other heavy weights in the political ring of the Anambra South are now jostling for Senatorial tickets as if the governorship slot has been sealed and delivered.
The Nnewi axis that ought to ruffle the feathers are busy fighting for who to send to the red chambers in Abuja.Capital Oil magnet,Ifeanyi Uba,Rev.Nicholas Ukachukwu,Bianca Onoh Ojukwu and others are squaring it up against each other.
However, musings around the government house revealed that it may not be Uhuru yet for the Isuofia born CC Soludo.
"The APGA primaries for members of the incoming State Assembly are coming up next month,but it seems that Soludo does not even know who and who the governor is supporting. If it is true that he wants C.C to succeed him,is it wise that Soludo should be part of the team selecting who and who that will be given the ticket.Most of the people who went to Soludo for support were told pointblank that he is neutral in the whole thing and can't help".said by an APGA chieftain in a chat.
Soludo's neutrality some said was to avoid hurting those that will work for his emergence as governor in the future.
The fear that the governor may have changed his direction in search ofwho succeeds him was heightened with his alleged love for Dr.Godwin Maduka,the man who changed the name of his town from Nkerefi to Umuchukwu.
Dr.Maduka,a philanthropist who built a skyscraper health centre in his remote town in Orumba South local government area was the guest of the state executive council recently when the governor commissioned a state of the art judicial complex in Umuchukwu.
Apparently, the search now has been narrowed to Soludo and Maduka,who both belong to the Old Aguata Political block.
Investigations by our correspondents show that majority of APGA faithfuls are equally in the dark as per the side governor Willy Obiano is facing.
Some expressed reservations with the way some politicians who assisted in Obiano's second term victory are being treated.
"Okay,look at Ifeanyi Ubah,after being promised of APGA Senatorial ticket,Obiano thereafter asked Bianca,Ojukwu's wife to come and vie.We are going to have problems because of promises that are not being kept",another state executive committee member of the party quipped in a recent interview.
"However, the next month's State Assembly primaries will decide the fate of the party in future elections in the state",he concluded.