By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial zone Dr. Nnamdi Emmanuel Uba is a household name in Anambra politics. If you describe him as Anambra political iroko you will not be wrong!
Dr Andy Uba came into political limelight in 1999 when the then presidential candidate of the PDP, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo invited him to serve as Special Assistant to the President on Special Duties and Domestic Affairs.
Earlier in 1998 Uba joined the presidential campaign of PDP in United States.
As Special Assistant to the President on Special Duties and Domestic Affairs, Dr Uba wielded tremendous influence in the then government of President Olusegun Obasanjo for the eight years he was in office.
It was said that Prof Maurice Iwu, former INEC Chairman owed his position to Andy Uba. Dr Uba had everything working for him especially, given that he had the ears of President Olusugun Obasanjo. He had everything going for him.
Since then, Dr. Uba has been a major actor in political decision in Anambra State in particular and Nigeria in general.
In 2007 he emerged the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s candidate for gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
Dr Uba as PDP candidate in the 2007 gubernatorial election in Anambra contested and won the governorship ticket.
He is equally not new to political turmoil. In Anambra State, the heart of the Igbo-dominated south-east, Andy Uba and his brothers Chris have helped to turn the political system into a violent farce.
Sundiata Post recalls how the duo of Andy Ubah and Tony Nwoye emerged candidates of the PDP, with both laying claim as the official PDP mantle; while Andy Uba was recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Tony Nwoye was recognized by the PDP’s National Executive Committee as the party’s official candidate. This created confusion within the party in Anambra then until court was able to settled the feud.
Since his incursion into politics, there is virtually no election Senator Andy Uba has not contested in Anambra State.
In 2011 he contested for senatorial election in Anambra State under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
He is a sitting Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial zone in the National Assembly, a position he realized through the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
While the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) was looking forward to the Supreme Court to resolve its stalemate, Senator Andy Uba on February 1, 2017, declared for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Soon after his declaration, he picked the party’s form for the gubernatorial race, an action which apparently exposed his intention for joining the party in the first instance.
Unfortunately, Andy Uba-the Anambra political recurring decimal, was beaten by Hon Tony Nwoye to emerge the APC flag bearer in the November 18, governorship election.
Senator Andy Uba ought to have been politically contented and stable to be able to aspire and win any office without party prostitution if his political odyssey has benefitted the people of Anambra.
Going down political memory lane, Andy Uba’s political fortune which dates back from the Obasanjo victory in 1999 should have transformed him to a political god-father with teeming supporters, if he has been politically correct in actions and deeds to his people. But this is not to be!
As such Senator Uba would not need to crisscross political parties in search of just anyhow atomic political goodwill to remain afloat and relevant.
No wonder he informed all who cared to listen while declaring for APC in his country home, Uga, Aguata Local Government Area of the Anambra State, that he joined APC because of personalities in the party with sound ideas whom he look up to in politics, such as the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and APC National Auditor, George Muoghalu; and that APC has ideology and focus which he needed to tap into to provide quality representation to his constituents.
With this mindset and commentary from Senator Uba whose political sojourn predates that of Senator Ngige, one wonders what is next for Senator Andy Uba having failed to grab the APC gubernatorial ticket for the November 18, 2017 election.