9 December 2009

Nigeria: Anambra - Why We Fielded Andy Uba - Labour Party

Weeks of anxiety as to which political party, erstwhile aide of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr Nnamdi Uba will contest the Anambra 2010 gubernatorial election was brought to an end yesterday when the Labour Party confirmed that he will be contesting under its platform.

This is just as the party announced that it shall be holding its third National Convention on Saturday where new executives would be elected to run its affairs for the next four years.

National chairman of the party, Barrister Dan Nwanyanwu, told journalists that the nomination of Andy Uba by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party followed the substitution of its erstwhile candidate, Mr. Okechukwu Areh, whom the party accused of anti-party.

He said that the decision to handover the party's ticket to Uba did not come as an easy task as the party had to engage him issues bordering on the social ideals of the party.

"We viewed his thinking and believed that he will deliver on the ideals and objectives of the party, which I must say convinces us that given the opportunity, he could turn the tides round for the people of Anambra State who had had to go through a worrisome period for some time.

"We have an internal mechanism for monitoring the performances of office holders elected under our party. So if he wins the election, we shall make sure that the party's ideals form part of his programmes and agenda for the good people of Anambra State," Nwanyanwu said.

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