Contrary to expectations, the people of Anambra State trooped out to vote for candidates of their choice during the November 18 governorship poll. Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI who monitored the poll writes about some of the highlights of the contest and its import on Anambra politics.
THE Anambra State governorship election has come and gone, but the echoes generated by the contest in still very much in the air. The fears and anxieties occasioned by the threat of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had been very palpable in major cities like Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia and elsewhere in the state. The group had campaigned vigorously, urging the people of Anambra to boycott the polls.
The fear of violence and bloodletting was heightened by the presence of policemen, soldiers and other security operatives in virtually all over the state. The state had been invaded by not less than 45,000 security personnel, ranging from the army, police, navy and paramilitary outfits.
But, contrary to expectation, the electorates trooped out to vote for the candidates of their choice and there was no bloodshed. Nevertheless, the election would be remembered because of the following:
PDP’s Achilles’ heels
In the view of many observers, one of the major reasons why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the election was because it exhibited impunity during the primary where its flag bearer, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, emerged and this brought a division…