With less than three months to the end of Governor Willie Obiano's reign in Anambra state, all eyes are on the candidates from different political parties jostling to take over the mantle of leadership.
Among the top contenders for the November 6 governorship election is Senator Emmanuel Andy Uba of All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Uba, he is in the governorship race to liberate the southeast state. Though he lacks the political flair, the lawmaker has proven to be no pushover.
Legit.ng lists reasons Uba may win the state’s highest political office:
1. Federal might
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Uba's candidacy offers the best chance for the APC to occupy another state in the southeast region. He would most likely receive support from the APC government at the federal level to secure a win.
2. Deep pocket
The 62-year-old is a top notch billionaire businessman and philanthropist who has an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion as at 2020. He is one of the richest and most influential Igbo men inNigeria.
3. Emerging agitations against IPOB
People are getting tired of procribed IPOB's sit-at-home order in the southeast reagion. The Anambra state senator had called on members of the group in the state saying they must denounce their membership.
4. Experienced politician
Uba is a senator representing the Anambra South Senatorial District of Anambra state. He defeated some known political giants on his way to the National Assembly.
Before going into the upper chamber, Uba was appointed special sssistant on special duties and domestic affairs to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
During Obasanjo's tenure, the lawmaker was described as the president's right-hand man and the gatekeeper for people who wished to talk to Obasanjo.
5. Governorship veteran
Uba can safely be described as a veteran of gubernatorial elections in Anambra state. In 2007, the politician contested under PDP and failed after he was sacked by the court
However, he tried again in 2010 under the Labour Party platform unsuccessfully where he lost to Peter Obi. He later defected to APC back in 2017.
He is definitely the man to watch in the Anambra gubernatorial election due to his political experence.
Anambra election: APC candidate Andy Uba escapes death from police accidental discharge
Earlier, the APC governorship candidate in the November 6 election in Anambra state escaped death by a whisker after an accidental discharge by a policeman missed him by a hair’s breadth.
Uba was addressing a rally at the Ekwulobia Township Stadium in the Aguata local government area of the state on Friday, September 3, when the incident happened.
The gunshot which was just about a foot off the position of Uba shocked the crowd who turned out to receive the governorship candidate.