By Jude Atupulazi
A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State and a former Commissioner for Lands in the state, Bar Okoli Akirika, has predicted that the party will produce the next governor of Anambra State in 2023.
Akirika who spoke with Fides in Awka, hinged his prediction on the performance of PDP in the just concluded general elections in the state, which, he said, witnessed what he called the genetic metamorphosis of the party in the state.
Said he, ‘The electoral fortunes of the PDP in Anambra State are gradually being reinvigorated, being re-established and being refocused. You can see that PDP moved from no senator to winning two clear senatorial zones.’
According to Akirika who was also a former state secretary of APGA in Anambra State, the further successes recorded by PDP in the House of Representatives and state assembly elections showed the growing disenchantment of the people of the state with the performance of the current governor, Willie Obiano.
Further assessing the performance of PDP in the last elections, Akirika described as commendable, the control of the majority seats by PDP in the House of Reps, while jumping from two seats in the state assembly to six. He said these developments showed a steady, gradual recovery by the party after its internal problems that affected it in the last governorship election in the state.
Noting that what panned out during the last elections would stand the party in good stead to challenge for the governorship of the state in a few years’ time, Akirika acknowledged the positive influence of former Gov Peter Obi on the performance and acceptability of the party in the last elections across the Southeast.
On the claim by Obiano of seeing tomorrow by not accepting the resolution of Ohaneze Ndigbo to support Atiku/Obi ticket, which Obiano said, amounted to Ndigbo putting all their eggs in one basket, Akirika faulted the claim, and wondered why Obiano and his party fielded and wasted money on a presidential candidate when he knew that he would not win.
Akirika who also wondered why Obiano failed to foresee the loss of the party’s only senatorial seat in the state, described the claim of having foresight by Obiano as not borne out of political sagacity.
This is even as he cautioned Obiano against celebrating yet as the matter in court may yet be decided in favour of Atiku.
On zoning of the governorship seat in the next election, Akirika said it was obvious that Anambra South would get the shot, noting that Obiano was a product of zoning. He said the PDP had enough quality people from the South that would fly the party’s flag.