2 Strong Politicians In Anambra Whose Defection To APC Did Not Make Any Difference In The Governorship Election

The just-concluded governorship election in Anambra State has just confirmed that the wills of the people cannot be subverted. Despite all odds, the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo emerged as the winner of the heavily contested election.

He was declared on Wednesday morning after the conclusion of Ihiala’s supplementary election and counting of results.

Soludo’s victory was initially speckled with doubt and speculation of the likely deployment of federal power to turn things around in favor of the APC candidate, Andy Uba. It was also believed that the wave of defection that hit APGA a few days before the election would have a monumental effect on the outcome of the poll.

Basically, there were two strong politicians, serving in different political offices who made their defections to APC shortly before the election. As a matter of fact, it was believed that their defections would possibly change the narratives for APGA and consequently turn the tide for APC.

One of these politicians is the former minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Odua. Odua is the current senator of the federal republic of Nigeria who represents the people of Anambra North in the Red Chamber.

A few weeks before the governorship election, Stella Odua officially made her defection from PDP to APC. For many years, Stella Odua had been a PDP chieftain, it was under the party she was appointed a Minister of Aviation and later got elected as a senator.

But as the Anambra election approached, Odua picked a hole in PDP and jumped ship. She was received into the ruling party by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

While announcing her defection, Odua promised to deliver her local government and constituency for APC during Anambra Election. She categorically told the president that Anambra would soon join the moving train.

But unfortunately, she could not even deliver her Ogbaru local government on Saturday. She was roundly defeated by PDP, the same party she abandoned for APC.

The second politician is the incumbent deputy governor of the State, Dr. Nkem Okeke. Okeke defected from APGA to APC a few days to the governorship election based on what he described as unfair treatment by Governor Willie Obiano.

According to him, he gave APC leaders who came to woo him three conditions before he could defect and they agreed to fulfill those conditions. As a matter of fact, two of them were fulfilled immediately he decamped while the remaining one would pend till he completes his tenure.

Okeke who was received by President Muhammadu Buhari and Mai Mala Buni, the Yobe State governor who doubled as Caretaker Chairman of National Working Committee of the party promised to lead Anambra to APC through the election.

The belief was that the deputy governor would use his popularity and his position to win the election for APC at least, in his local government. But in the end, Dr. Okeke could not even win his polling unit.

He was defeated by the candidate of APGA who eventually won the Njikoka Local government area of Anambra where the deputy governor comes from.