Anambra 2021: The ruffles before the victory
Sir: Politics is largely local. More so, the dominant political traits of a people are reflections of the common political idiosyncrasies of the constituent persons. These determine the characterisation the people’s politics bears. Anambra State is home to notable politicians, urbane statesmen and stateswomen whose diverse but rational dispositions to the play of politics over the years earned the state an exemplary political culture where respect for human dignity and the sanctity of life thrived. This is why the devil-may-care violence visited on Anambra State and the acrimonious politics the state experiences this election season neither properly represent Anambra State nor Ndi-Anambra. It is an unusual time therefore.
Indeed, events building up to the November 6, 2021 Anambra gubernatorial election disappointingly tend towards validating the widely held notion that politics is largely dubious and most politicians duplicitous. Without doubts, two major underpinning factors define the noxious political intrigues and the strange security challenges deviously tugging at the socioeconomic mainstay of Anambra State today.
First is the palpable victory scare floated by one of the political parties and its candidate. The second factor, a reaction upon the first, is the phenomenon of two strange bedfellows identifiable in a desperation of another candidate of another party to become the state governor; and his crass miscalculation, despite the weighty burden of a convoluted debt profile, to still invest huge raw energies in seeking to weirdly appropriate Anambra State Governor’s Office to himself. Other contributory factors in the prevailing harsh politics of Anambra fall in-between the two set factors.
The unsavoury records of political rascality and flatulent impudence of a candidate, his unsparing measures in his pursuits; the tangential effects of a third candidate and his lethargic presence; a candidate’s mere largesse for the boys; regrettable arrogant repudiation of the zoning scheme by some stakeholders among other peripheral impressions by the other candidates, are ready criteria for determining the way of victory in the November 6 election.
Anambra has not been better blessed in a person with a consummate capacity to lift the state to a dream development height. In his articulate manifesto, he outlined his vision and mission for Anambra when he becomes the governor. Following his conviction, Ndi-Anambra anxiously wait for November 6 to vote for him in demonstration of their faith in his schedule for a prosperous state.
Okechukwu Anarado wrote from Adazi-Nnukwu.