Among candidates that will slug it out on Saturday, November 6, during the gubernatorial election in Anambra, Senator Emmanuel Nnamdi Uba (Andy Uba) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stands out for some interesting reasons.
When it comes to party politics, Senator Uba is one politician who has enjoyed the best of at least two worlds, having been a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and is currently a bigwig in the APC.
But more precisely, some experiences of this illustrious native of Aguata local government area of Anambra give him the vantage point ahead of the much-talked-about election.
Legit.ng puts together some facts about Uba to be considered as the election draws closer:
1.Winner of Anambra 2007 guber
On the platform of the PDP, Uba contested the Anambra governorship election in 2007 and emerged a winner with a landslide victory and was sworn in as governor on May 27, 2007.
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But just 17 days after his inauguration into office, a Supreme Court verdict nullified Uba's victory and returned Peter Obi to power.
Naturally, this triggered a nationwide condemnation as many legal practitioners argued that the apex court lacked jurisdiction over the case.
However, being a lover of peace, Senator Uba accepted the court's ruling and congratulated Obi as governor.
2. Obasanjo's right-hand man
Before this, Uba, while in the United States, worked hard to see Olusegun Obasanjo become president in 1999.
As a reward for loyalty and industry, Obasanjo appointed the senator as his special assistant on special duties and domestic affairs.
During Obasanjo's first administration, Uba was referred to as his right-hand man and the gatekeeper for people who wanted to see the then president.
3. Won controversial 2012 Anambra South Senatorial rerun election
Years later, with a margin of over 20,000 votes, Uba floored APGA's Chukwmaeze Nzeribe in the 2011 Anambra South Senatorial election.
But like in the 2007 governorship poll, Uba's senatorial election victory was challenged by the incumbent senator, Ikechukwu Obiorah, who insisted that while the poll was rigged, his opponent forged some university certificates.
The Court of Appeal upheld Obiorah's claims and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct another poll, which he won in 2012.
4. Husband to a pastor
Uba is married to Pastor Faith Vedelago of Faith Miracle Center Abuja and they both have two children together.
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Meanwhile, the senator had listed out what he would do in the first six months in office if elected as governor.
The APC's for the governorship election in Anambra had said that he would conduct local government election within the first six months of his first tenure as governor.
He noted the local government was the pillar of rural development, stating that the Obiano administration had deprived people of the state of the grassroots governance that they deserve.