Anambra 2021: Ifeanyi Uba’s Challenge Of Statusquo

He’s one of the senators representing Anamnbra state in the senate. Senator (Dr.) Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, the Capital Oil Boss is a politician with a Midas touch. Even with little known  Young Progressives Party, YPP, he was able to defeat heavyweights in Anambra politics.

Who’s Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah?

Apart from his successes in the oil sector, Uba’s political prowess came to limelight during the 2015 general election. Despite the ‘rampaging’ opposition trying to rubbish President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as he was then known, Ifeanyi’s ‘Transformation Ambassadors’ was able to get a substantial chunk of votes for Jonathan across the country. Apart from ensuring that Buhari didn’t get the mandatory 25% in most of the south east and south south states, Ifeanyi also made incursion into Lagos and win heavily for Jonathan. Ifeanyi was therefore not happy in 2018 when the Peoples Democratic Party abandoned him to his fate during the Governorship election in Anambra. Ifeanyi left the PDP and teamed up with the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano to secure a resounding success.

In 2019, he moved to the newly registered YPP and won the election to represent Anambra South in the senate. And while the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP we’re having challenges presenting candidates that will be acceptable to all, Ifeanyi has secured the ticket of YPP and started consultations with the stakeholders in Anambra over his political ambition. Interestingly, Charles Soludo of APGA, Andy Uba of APC and Valentine Ozigbo of the PDP and Ifeanyi Ubah are all from the Aguata Local Government in Anambra south Senatorial district. With Ifeanyi defeating the Uba brothers in 2019 Senatorial election and without any issue of legitimacy to contend with as a candidate of YPP, will he defeat the ‘heavyweights’ to upstage the apple cart again?

Already, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is saying it didn’t monitor the APC congress. APC Leader in Anambra and minister of labour, Dr. Chris Ngige has also said primary election didn’t hold in the Anambra APC. That may give the APC Rivers’ treatment unless it conduct another primary to meet the July 2 deadline of INEC for submission of candidates. The PDP candidate, Valentine Ozigbo has another of the Ubas, Ugochukwu who emerged in another PDP Congress to contend with. In APGA another faction has suspended Soludo, while other aggrieved members of the party are leaving in droves to protest his imposition by Governor Obiano. Ifeanyi Ubah on the other hand has no such legitimacy problem. He’s in the world of his own, mobilizing the youth, waiting for the INEC‘s timetable for the opening of electioneering campaign to hit the ground running. Ifeanyi Ubah may be on his way to record another success and prove bookmakers wrong that the platform does not really matter once the candidate has the wherewithal to challenge the statusquo.

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