Anambra 2021: APGA defections are lessons in tragedy
Sir: The spate of defections from APGA to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the advance of Anambra gubernatorial election of November 6, 2021, provides a peculiar theatre for keen watchers of Anambra politics. It was first the rattle of a few State House of Assembly APGA members jumping camp to APC, then a vibrant APGA ex-Federal House of Representatives member followed, and yet the Deputy Governor of the state and one or two APGA serving Federal House of Representatives members. It is overtly bothersome, considering the obvious fact that APGA has enjoyed clear political dominance in Anambra State for over 15 years running, during which period APC in inverse measure increasingly lost appeal among Anambra people.
I see greed, ego and vaulting ambition variously implicated in the APGA defections; greed in the actions of the State House of Assembly members, and more of ego and ambition in the decisions of the others. Were the personages involved truly dedicated to APGA, the lure of riches, egocentric allurements or other pursuits would not have succeeded in subduing the persons in them? An Igbo adage says, ‘‘Ocho mgbowa si na aroro ya anya,’’ and my Americana brother would say, ‘‘Something ain’t clean in the milk.’’ Nothing can be truer. But for crass opportunism, the disgruntled fellows would not have readily opted to jump camp. Every political party has many of its chieftains who feel shortchanged in terms of recognition and other benefits; these do not all jump camps in rebellion.
If democracy is all about the people’s popular choice of who governs them, any leader who cares less about the utmost freedom of the people to cede the administration of their sovereignty to the person(s) of their choice is monstrous and an aberration to leadership.
The Presidency is hopefully not given to reckless display of repulsive power as some of its overzealous patronisers’ acts suggest.
Countrywide, Anambra’s record of safety under Governor Willie Obiano’s APGA administration remained exemplary until the heightened insecurity in the state believed to have been triggered and sustained by vicious opposition politicians on a conquest mission, who first want to degrade APGA government by fanning the embers of lawlessness as entry behaviour. Most of these devious acts make the Presidency vulnerable and unwittingly indict the institution whose responsibility it is to keep Nigeria’s geopolitical space safe, but whose episodic apologists are bitterly fingered in the strange insecurity imbroglios Anambra contends with today.
Anambra State and its people seek from relevant authorities the enabling environment for free and fair gubernatorial election on November 6, 2021. The global community is enjoined to lend support to this clarion call for the advancement of the culture of democracy in the conduct of this poll.
Okechukwu Anarado wrote from Adazi-Nnukwu.