ANAMBRA 2021: Ekwunife started strong and is finishing strong.
By Clem Aguiyi
If character is what is needed; if competence and proven leadership are what is required; if working hard is what is needed; if being resourceful is what is needed; if capacity is what is needed; if being goal oriented is what is needed; if PDP intends to field a candidate that is sure footed; if they want a candidate who will not be a parasite on the party; if they want a candidate that has enormous goodwill; if they need a candidate that will win the main election , then they need not look farther than Senator Mrs. Uche Ekwunife (Iyom).
Iyom started the race on a strong note and is finishing strong ahead of the pack. So far she has ran a good race and looks good to brace the tape with an anchor and resounding applaud. Like a good wine, her politics has matured with age.
I have heard those scared of her rising profile argue that Anambra is not ready for a female governor. This argument to me is both ridiculous and uninspiring because what the people want is a performer and a leader they can trust.
Sen. Ekwunife didn’t become a ranking Senator because she is a woman but by dint of hard work. As a senator, she is among the very best in terms of representation. So, the gender argument is weak.
Having interacted with people in all the 21 Local Government Areas of the State, I dare say that the people’s needs are the same; what the people want is someone that understand their needs; someone who will create a good economy; who will provide the kind of education that will enable them fit into the economy; who understands they need jobs when they can be employed; who understands they need to be paid for works they have done and that when they retire , they retire with respect and dignity. In other words , the civil servants and pensioners want their salaries and pensions paid as at when due.
They want someone who will create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive . They want when they are sick to be able to go to a good hospital at affordable cost. They want to live in peace and security.
Issues like these are what drives Ekwunife’s aspiration and interest in politics.
People want to elect a candidate that understand the issues as it affects them and who can assist in resolving their issues. They are not bothered about sexist and gender politics. They want real change!
Like or loath her audacity, She has had a fascinating, impressive and progressive political career. She is a veteran of several elections and reputedly a tough fighter.
If given the ticket she will be a formidable force to reckon with. She has a readymade bevy followership who trust and believe in her. She has the resources as well as the enormous good will to prosecute the main election. She won’t be a parasite on the party, neither would she neglect the party.
I don’t think there is any of the aspirants within the party who has worked as hard as she has done for the PDP ticket, I don’t know of any who have touched lives and invested in people as much as she has done. I don’t think any of the aspirants has the political experience she has garnered over the years and none can boast of the kind of intimidating political machine she has built, waiting to roar. If PDP is not pretending, if it intends to field a candidate that is prepared to wrestle power from APGA then they need not look farther than Senator Uche Ekwunife. With her, the party is sure of winning the governorship election.