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How Soludo, Peter Obi, Ifeanyi Ubah, Ekwunife shaped Anambra politics in 2023

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In the concluding year of 2023, the political landscape in Anambra was significantly shaped by a handful of key individuals and events. Noteworthy among these were the 2023 general elections, the presence of Mr. Peter Obi as the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, and the governance of Anambra State by Prof Chukwuma Soludo, alongside other influential political figures.

Even as the year comes to an end, indicators persist that the political dynamics in Anambra are undergoing notable changes.

General Elections and the Role of Peter Obi:

The election held in November 2021 resulted in the choice of Prof Chukwuma Soludo as the governor of Anambra, and he was officially sworn in on March 29, 2022. With the focus typically on the election of State Chief Executives, Anambra might not have been the center of attention. However, the entry of former governor Mr. Peter Obi into the 2023 general elections as the Labour Party candidate altered this perspective. Despite not electing a governor, Anambra garnered attention due to the political activities spurred by Obi’s candidacy.

Given Obi’s reputation for effective governance and his widespread appeal, there was apprehension in Anambra that he might influence legislative positions, both at the national and state levels, potentially affecting Soludo’s influence. Although this scenario did not fully materialize, Obi’s influence did secure significant results, including the Labor Party winning eight seats in the state assembly. Soludo, sensing the potential dominance of LP lawmakers, swiftly secured 17 seats out of 30 in the state assembly.

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Allegations later arose, accusing Soludo of extravagant spending, amounting to N3.5 billion, during the House of Assembly elections, suggesting vote-buying tactics to secure APGA’s victory.

The Soludo Factor:

In 2023, Soludo emerged as a prominent force in Anambra politics, despite being associated with APGA. Notably, he expressed support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in contrast to his party’s nominee, Prof Peter Umeadi. Soludo’s open letter in November 2022, titled ‘History Beckons, I won’t be silent,’ was perceived by many as harboring animosity, causing polarization within the state’s political landscape.

Defections and APC’s Gains:

As the year concludes, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra has made notable gains, transitioning from being labeled a ‘Fulani party’ to gaining acceptance. While traditionally struggling in elections, the APC has capitalized on defections, with Senators Ifeanyi Ubah and Uche Ekwunife among the recent defectors. The party now anticipates significant success in 2025, buoyed by unity and the inclusion of influential politicians.

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PDP’s Decline in Anambra:

The once-dominant People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra has seen a sharp decline, bordering on extinction. Legal disputes have left the party without leadership in the state, and prominent figures are defecting to other political entities, marking a significant shift in the state’s political landscape.

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‘Some people have turned into monitoring spirits because of Tinubu’ – Joe Igbokwe

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Joe Igbokwe, a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, raised concerns on Saturday about the constant monitoring of President Bola Tinubu. Igbokwe claimed that some individuals have resorted to witchcraft and “monitoring spirits” to keep an eye on Tinubu.

He explained that these individuals are observing Tinubu closely to catch any mistakes or mishaps, wherever he goes. Posting on his Facebook page, Igbokwe predicted that this scrutiny will persist for the next eight years.

He wrote: “Some people have turned to monitoring spirits. They follow PBAT anywhere he goes to see if he will make mistakes, if he will fall down, or if he will be received very well in any country he goes to. This is witchcraft and they will do this for 8 years. Mark this.”

Tinubu had a slip during the Democracy Day celebration at Eagles Square on June 12. Addressing the incident later at a Democracy Day dinner at the Presidential Villa, the President commented: “Early this morning, I had a swagger and it’s on social media. They’re confused about whether I was doing bugger or babariga.

“But it is a day to celebrate democracy. Why doing dobale on the day? I’m a traditional Yoruba boy. I did my dobale.”

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‘We’re still owed salaries in Abia State University’ – ASUU

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The Abia State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has claimed that many of its members did not receive their April and May salaries, and those who were paid had deductions from their salaries. ASUU Chairperson Chidi Mbah and Secretary Victor Obisike stated that despite announcements from the Abia government and social media reports indicating that salaries had been settled, only a few staff members with accounts at commercial banks received their April salaries, and even fewer received their May salaries.

The ASUU leaders highlighted that this inconsistency in salary payments and deductions has caused financial difficulties, anxiety, and uncertainty among the affected staff. They noted that staff members who did receive their April or May salaries experienced unexplained deductions ranging from N8,000 to N53,000.

This irregular payment system has made it difficult for the unions within the university to determine the status of their check-off dues, which are usually deducted at the source. Additionally, ASUU emphasized that 11 months of outstanding salary arrears remain unpaid, despite repeated assurances from the government.

ASUU expressed its support for Governor Alex Otti’s efforts to improve Abia State University but urged government officials to avoid politicizing the salary payment issue. They appealed to the state government to promptly address the concerns raised and ensure that all outstanding salaries, including the arrears, are paid in full to alleviate the financial hardships faced by the university staff.

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Sanusi: Ado Bayero was never Emir of Kano – Gov Yusuf’s spokesman

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Sanusi Bature, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, has asserted that Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. According to Bature, former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje appointed Bayero as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city.

During an appearance on Arise Television, Bature explained that Ganduje’s appointment of Bayero as emir was part of a political maneuver that compromised the integrity of the historic Kano Emirate, which predates Nigeria and its constitution by over a thousand years.

Bature stated: “The governor’s action was intended to protect the emirate’s integrity as an institution. The Emirate of Kano has a history that predates Nigeria, with people living under a single Emir for over a thousand years. Ganduje’s administration politicized this history, which Yusuf promised to rectify during his campaign to restore the emirate’s lost glory.”

He further remarked, “This is not the first time an Emir has been deposed; Ganduje did it, and Sanusi left Kano for peace to prevail. Now Sanusi has returned to Kano after the law was repealed.”

Clarifying Bayero’s status, Bature said, “Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. He was appointed as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city. With the revision of the law under a unified Kano, the emirate Bayero served no longer exists. He was the Emir of the Kano city emirate, not the entire 44 local governments of Kano, a status created by Ganduje’s 2019 Emirate law.”

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Governor Yusuf deposed Ado Bayero and reinstated Muhammed Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Despite this, Ado Bayero has refused to leave his Nassarawa palace and has challenged the state government’s action in court.

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