August 9, 2022



Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, one other political enigma?


On this piece, CHUKS NWEZE from Enugu compares the governance type of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with that of former army President Normal Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) who who earned the epithet ‘Maradona’ depicting the slippery type of his administration.

Ugwuanyi like IBB

Former army president of Nigeria, Gen. Ibrahim Mohammed Badamosi, fondly known as IBB, was described as “Maradona,” after the legendary Argentine striker who dazzled the world in Mexico 1986 World Cup.

Gen. Babangida was given the nickname due to the way in which he dribbled Nigerians and politicians within the Nineteen Nineties that even when he ultimately lifted ban on occasion politics and a presidential election was performed to the admiration of all, his authorities annulled the election with no justifiable motive.

Earlier than the 1993 common election, he had given dates of when the transition to civilian rule would happen however every time discovered a motive to postpone it, therefore the media dubbed him, “Maradona,” one who you wouldn’t know whether or not he would kick the ball into the online or proceed to dribble his opponents.

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, although by no means gave false hopes like IBB however he behaved precisely like IBB within the construct as much as the selection of his successor.

Suspense in selecting a successor

In equity to Ugwuanyi, he by no means stated that he would give energy to any individual or any zone however stored folks in suspense thereby giving the impression that on the applicable time, he would make public his most well-liked candidate or higher nonetheless the zone the place the governorship place would go.

Ugwuanyi, from what transpired through the PDP governorship major the place the previous Commissioner for Finance and Chief of Employees to former governor Chimaroke Nnamani, Dr. Peter Ndubisi Mbah was chosen because the PDP governorship flag bearer, depicted him as a Maradona.

So as phrases, he’s considered as an enigma, inscrutable persona that nobody can not predict or pin him down on any coverage assertion.

Previous to the emergence of Mbah because the PDP governorship candidate, hypothesis had been rife that the outgoing Speaker of the Enugu State Home of Meeting, Hon. Edward Uchenna Ubosi, aka, Ozege was going to succeed Gov. Ugwuanyi.

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The hearsay had been thick within the air that it was going to be the flip of Enugu East Senatorial Zone to provide the following governor going by the facility rotational association by which the state is being ruled because the return to civilian Democracy in 1999.

On account of the favored held view that Ubosi was going to succeed Ugwuanyi, the Enugu indigenes noticed that his swag modified.

Although tall, he started to stroll taller and constructed a really huge mansion in his Umuchigbo, Iji-Nike clan befitting of a governor. Ubosi’s palatial residence turned to a Mecca of some type as folks began flocking round him.

The way in which Ugwuanyi was carrying him Ubosi alongside in just about each operate appeared that certainly Ubosi had been anointed to mount the governorship rostrum however the final result of the PDP major proved the idea to be a lie.

Aside from the Speaker, Ubosi, the previous Commissioner for Atmosphere, who hitherto was the Commissioner for Native authorities issues, Hon. Chijoke Edeoga was additionally broadly seen as the person who would succeed Gov. Ugwuanyi.

Observers stated what gave vim to the idea is that being a Commissioner, Edeoga wouldn’t have resigned if he had not been given a nod by Ugwuanyi himself that he was going to takeover from him.

Analysts within the state and Edeoga’s admirers had given it to him and had certainly began to deal with him as, “Your Excellency.” Many political pundits have been dissatisfied when on the finish of the day, Edeoga didn’t emerge because the governorship candidate of the Folks’s Democratic Occasion (PDP).

When different gubernatorial aspirants began yielding their aspiration to make approach for Mbah to emerge, Edeoga who got here to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium the place the first was held, felt like a hen drenched within the rain because it was clear that his political boat was about to capsize and capsize it did as a result of eight aspirants out of the seventeen of them brazenly withdrew from the race to make approach for Mbah to emerge.

In a Maradona type, Ugwuanyi didn’t have the braveness or courtesy to inform Edeoga or Ubosi that he had modified his thoughts and anointed one other individual to succeed him as a substitute of any of them.

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Nwobodo tipped to announce successor

He worsened the state of affairs by sending the previous governor of the previous Anambra state, Chief Jim Nwobodo, to announce to the world {that a} candidate had been chosen by PDP stakeholders that Peter Ndubisi Mbah had been anointed because the governorship candidate.

The response that greeted this was that individuals have been livid that Ugwuanyi bought out however no person spoke out however like an animal, stored their tail by their legs.

Ugwuanyi engima pose confirmed within the sense that previous to the PDP major, he by no means stated that this zone nor that zone was going to provide the 2023 governor for Enugu state.

Even when all of the three Senatorial zones held a rally in solidarity for him to decide on a successor or identify the zone the place the governorship slot would fall, Ugwuanyi by no means uttered a phrase aside from that on the applicable time he would identify the zone and his attainable successor.

He merely stated that fairness and honest play would play out on the finish of the day after which he would make identified his alternative.

Enugu East insisted on n their flip

The folks of Enugu East senatorial zone, throughout their very own rally at Okpara Sq., made it clear that it was their flip to go to the Lion Constructing.

They argued they’d waited patiently for years and the opposite two senatorial zones had tasted the governorship and the rotational precept indicated that they should have it.

The convener of the rally, “Oganiru Nkanu,” Hon. Ubosi, the Home of Meeting Speaker threatened, with out mincing phrases, that if Enugu East senatorial zone was not given the chance to provide the following governor, “they might present the world that they have been a rustic of butchers”, which means that there can be bother that was able to setting Enugu on hearth.

As if in compliance with the risk, the zone has now been given the chance however whereas the din lasted, Ugwuanyi didn’t make any dedication or pronouncement on the rally however maintained his stance that on the nich of time, the suitable factor can be completed.

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He was anticipated on the rally to make pronouncement as his predecessor, Sullivan Chime did however the Maradonic Ugwuanyi stored mum and stored the problem to his chest.

Now that the PDP major has come and gone and Edeoga has defected to the Labour Occasion, Ugwuanyi has continued to maintain mum at the same time as hypothesis is rife that it’s he who instructed Edeoga to go forward since Nkanu folks of the Enugu East Senatorial Zone wouldn’t enable Edeoga who’s from Isi-Uzo native authorities space, that was hitherto a part of Nsukka cultural zone earlier than the delineation of zone came about.

Isi-Uzo was excised from Nsukka to hitch with Enugu East in order that Nsukka alone wouldn’t have seven native governments whereas Nkanu may have solely 4.

Ugwuanyi nonetheless silent on Edeoga’s defection

Different governor would have spoken out in regards to the problem of Edeoga’s defection however Ugwuanyi who’s adjuged to be media shy wouldn’t breathe a phrase.

Requested who Ugwuanyi had in thoughts to succeed him, some folks stated it was Ekweremadu, some others, Ubosi and plenty of others Edeoga however Ugwuanyi maintained his tacit stance and wouldn’t make his place identified till the PDP major.

“Ugwuanyi has not chosen any successor. Even Edeoga is probably not the individual he would select, ” a distinguished politician as soon as instructed our correspondent.

Now that Edeoga has crossed over to the Labour Occasion, Ugwuanyi has left political watchers gazing as a result of they can not scrutinize what’s on Ugwuanyi’s thoughts, thus they ascribed to him comparable trait with IBB in his Maradonic shows throughout his administration.

“Ugwuanyi is sort of a Maradona. You’ll by no means know what’s in his thoughts. Now that Edeoga has defected to make Labour Occasion, you don’t know whether it is Ugwuanyi that’s sponsoring him or not. I say this as a result of if it was not Ugwuanyi that requested him to return and run, Edeoga wouldn’t have resigned as a Commissioner. No one is aware of now the place his loyalty lies. He’s an enigma. He’s crafty, you possibly can by no means place him,” nameless political analysts declares.