Emeka, my dear good friend, I totally agree with you on the salient points and argument you raised in your wonderful piece on the above subject matter- as published in the Leadership and Independent Newspapers of Sunday, January 20, 2013. I urge you to continue the good fight and never see yourself as a lonely voice crying in the wilderness. Keep on with the struggle; show the light for others to follow.
The issue of Senator Andy Uba and his truncated Governorship of Anambra state will ever remain a recurring decimal in the politics of the state. Anambra is one state in Nigeria where things are done differently as far as politics is concerned. Since 1999, when the current political dispensation began, Anambra state politics has always been characterized by deft political maneuvering and intrigues of highest order; that has left political scientists and practitioners’ confused and stranded.
It was only in Anambra state that a serving Governor was allegedly abducted in broad day light. If not for the timely intervention of well meaning Nigerians. That would have been the end of his governorship in the state. Also, it was in Anambra State that a few members of the State legislature reportedly met in a hotel, outside the Constitutional approved venue for sitting, at an ungodly hour of the night when good men were asleep to impeach their Governor.
Again, in Anambra State it was, where a validly elected Governor, who was dully sworn in according to the laws of the land, in the person of Senator Andy Uba, was asked to surrender his mandate that was freely given to him by his people, by the Apex Court that lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case in the first place. To me and many others who think and reason differently, Anambra politics is a phenomenon.
To start with, the ruling of the Apex court that removed Senator Andy Uba from office as Governor ought not to have been in the first place. He won an election that was validly conducted by INEC and INEC on its part, knew that election was due for the office of Governor in the State. Therefore to correct this enormous injustice done to Senator Andy Uba, I strongly agree with what Emeka said about zoning in the State. The case of the Presidency of Nigeria in 1999 is a glaring example and a good precedent for that matter. To assuage the good people of Anambra South for the great injustice done to their zone, conceding the office of Governor to Senator Andy Uba will go a long way in healing the wounds occasioned by the Apex Court ruling and the subsequent surrendering of the mandate. As we know, a Court of competent jurisdiction asked INEC to go ahead with 2007 general elections. Even the Apex Court itself got receipt of Peter Obi’s case before the election but did not make an order stopping the Governorship election from being conducted.
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], if it must win the forth coming Governorship election in the State must as a matter of fact cede the governorship position to Senator Andy Uba, if decides to contest, and the people of Anambra South zone. Senator Andy Uba enjoys a massive support of the electorate and as such, the only politician that can win the governorship election on the platform of PDP in the State. For Senator Andy Uba, this word of Shakespeare is very apt here: “—Nor strong tower, nor walls of beaten brass, nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of irons, can be retentive to the strength of spirit; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself”—
Therefore, all the people clamoring for zoning in Anambra State should see reason and make sure that peace reigns in the State by zoning the governorship position to Anambra South Zone .This will be just, fair and needful in the circumstances we find ourselves. For well meaning Anambarians, they should bear in mind the wise saying of Edmound Burke and act accordingly; otherwise, history may not be kind as evil men would have won.
A Public Affair Analyst,
Wrote in from Abuja.