By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Former Governor of Anambra State, senator Andy Ubah, has expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious and secure the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the party’s primaries to elect who flies the party’s flag during the November 6 governorship election.
Andy Ubah, who represented Anambra South in the Senate during the 8th Senate, said also that the sixteen years of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in power in Anambra, is not a threat to the APC considering that it was a sixteen years of disaster and failure.
Ubah who made these assertion at the national Secretariat of the APC in Abuja when he submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination form, pointed out that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power for sixteen years, yet it lost the election to the now ruling APC.
“Well, for you mentioning Soludo, I think Anambra people will have to decide after our primary. And I know I am going to win for sure. After the primary, they will decide who they want as their Governor. What has APGA done for the State? What have they done? Everybody knows.
“They have been there for 16 years and that doesn’t mean. If you remember, we had a party that was there for many years. APC still came in. So many years doesn’t mean anything. That you are there for twenty or thirty years. What have you done?
“Are the people happy with you? If they are not, then you have reasons to change? I am sure there will be a change to vote for APC this time”, he said.
Responding to why it has been difficult for APC in Anambra to have a consensus candidate from the fourteen aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket, senator Ubah, who was a Special Assistant on Domestic Affair to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, denied any knowledge of efforts towards a consensus.
He denied that such an idea has ever been presented to him or his associates, saying “I don’t think that has been presented to us. I have no idea what you are saying. Nobody told me about consensus. I have not heard of it. This is the first time I am hearing it from you.”
According to him, Anambra is at a crossroads, as nothing has been done by successive administrations to significantly change the face of the state.
“If you remember, in 2007 when I won the election as the governor of Anambra state, I had the plan to change the face of Anambra. I planned to help the youth, empower the women and to be able to take Anambra to a different level.
“I had infrastructures, agriculture and so many other plans. I have modified those plans now from what they were before. Anambra will be a different state once I am elected as a governor”, he said.