Exclusive: Meet The Top Contenders For 2018 Anambra Governorship Election (pics

Come this Saturday November 18th 2017, the people of Anambra will be going to polls to elect the next governor that will be in charge for the next four years.
The electoral body Independent National Electoral Commission said 37 political parties would be presenting candidates in the Anambra governorship election.
Top on the list is the incumbent governor, Mr Willie Obiano with his deputy Nkemakonam Okeke vying under the flag of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Time and space will not permit me to analyze all the 37 Candidates but I will concentrate on the top 5 candidates that participated in the media debate, organized by the Channels Television .
They are
1 Mr Willie Obiano
2. Mr Tony Nwoye
3 Mr Oseloka Obaze
4 Mr Godwin Ezeemo

Mr Oseloka Obaze (PDP)
Mr Obaze is a Nigerian diplomat, politician and author. Born in 1955 in Ogidi, retired United Nations diplomat who served between 1991 and 2012.
Before working with the UN, he worked as an international civil servant with the Nigerian diplomatic service from 1982 to 1991.
After leaving the UN, he was appointed secretary to the state government from June 2012 to 2015 by the former Governor Peter Obi and the incumbent governor, Mr Willie Obiano.
In November 2016, Oseloka announced his bid to contest for Anambra state governorship primaries elections under the People’s Democratic Party and was announced the party flag bearer on August 28, 2017.
Reason for contesting:
Mr Willie Obiano and Obaze are long time friends. But in his words, Obaze said ‘ I can’t fold my hands because we are friends and watch Anambra regress. We should not settle for less.. I want to ensure proper accountability and full disclosure of state funds’
He accused Mr Obiano of spending N45 billion in three years without corresponding development to show that the humongous amount was judiciously utilized.
The PDP candidate is being supported by Mr Peter Obi whom Mr Obiano succeeded.

Mr Willie Obiano (APGA)
Willie Obiano is a banker technocrat, politician and currently the fourth democratic governor of Anambra state. He succeeded Mr Peter Obi.
He was born on the 8th of August 1955, in Aguleri.
He was at a time working with First bank of Nigeria, Chevron oil Nigeria Plc as accountant and rose to the position of chief internal auditor.
In 1991, he joined the Fidelity bank and rose to the position of Executive Director on October 2003.
He left banking system to join politics, contested for the gubernatorial elections on the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. He won the election and was sworn in on March 17, 2014 for a 4 year term. Peter Obi who has substantial shares in Fidelity bank was instrumental to Obiano’s success.
Reason for contesting:
I want to consolidate my achievements and open a new chapter in governance in Anambra.

Tony Nwoye (APC)
Tony Okechukwu Nwoye is a politician, trained as a medical doctor and a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing the people of Anambra East/ West constituency of Anambra. He was a former governorship candidate of PDP, in the 2013 election but currently a member of the ruling party at the Federal level, All Progressives Congress (APC).
He was born on 13th September 1974, in Onitsha, Anambra state.
Nwoye was a student activist in the university. As a medical student, he functioned in different capacity as a leader. He was noted to have fought cultism in school, earning him an award from the then Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Professor Ginigeme Mbanefo.
He brought his activism into Nigerian politics by joining PDP. He became state chairman of the party, PDP, at 31, making him the youngest state chairman in the entire nation. In 2014, he contested for governorship election on PDP.
Nwoye is a business man, he’s the founder and non executive Director of Vintage Consolidated Ltd.
Reason for contesting:
I have grassroots support and also from the youth, I have been on ground to know the pains of my people. I’m going to concentrate more on human capital development, especially in education and health.

Ostia Chidoka UPP
Ositadinma Benjamin Chidoka was born in Obosi, Anambra state, on 18th July, 1971. He’s a public servant, politician and a transportation expert. He was the Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Corps Marshall General.
He had Bachelor of Science degree in Management, from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He gathered more knowledge by training in various schools both in Nigeria and abroad. He had at different times served as personal to Ministers of Federal Ministry of works and Transport where he gathered more experiences.
He was later appointed as the Minister of Aviation by former President Goodluck Jonathan. He replaced Stella Oduah, who was removed from office over allegation of graft.
Chidoka was a member of PDP but contesting the governorship election on the platform of United Progressive Party (UPP).
Reason for contesting:
‘I’m here to restore the ideology of my people, ideology of hard work, creativity, restoration of our home land and the rebuilding of our capacity as a people. Ndi Anambra will find its voice in Nigeria’

Godwin Ezeemo PPA
Godwin Chukwunaenye Ezeemo is a Nigerian business man and a politician. He’s the chairman of Orient group of companies. He was born in 1954. He obtained HND in marketing at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro in Ogun state.
After higher education, Ezeemo incorporated his own company, which grew into Orient group comprising of feed mills and farms, publishing outfit, haulage and radio broadcasting, Orient Mega Fm. He has a charity organization used in taking care of his people in his locality.
He’s the candidate of Progressive People Alliance (PPA)
Reason for contesting:
‘I will run an all inclusive government using technocrats in my party, and will not behave like other politicians that rushes abroad to pick friends to occupy government offices. And I will deliver good governance to my people’

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