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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.

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.

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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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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