Governorship of Anambra State: The Ifeanyi Uba factor

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By PRINCE OLIVER OKPALA

Recently, A Nationalist, Patriot, Philanthropist and Astute Politician took time to invite Traditional Rulers and President-Generals of Town Unions in Anambra State to Lagos for a one on one political chart over his Gubernatorial ambition.

He decided to host his people from Anambra State to a Grand Reception in Lagos. He chartered Buses and Planes for the Good People of Anambra State to move over to Lagos for this all important purpose and also to be treated to his familiar and usual culture of good neighborliness and sharing what he has with others.

We are talking of no other person than Dr. Ifeanyi Uba the man who sits atop the Board of many business organizations, business empires and now turned fire brand politician eyeing the Governorship of Anambra State. In the course of the visit, Dr. Uba took his Guests made up of a wide spectrum of Anambrarians from all walks of life, Traditional Rulers, Presidents-General of Town Unions, Journalists, Opinions baders and moulders and the ordinary people on a facility tour of his companies and business offices.

The good people of Anambra State were able to see the solid and transcendental investments of Uba in Lagos. He showcased his investments and proved that he was an excellent businessman with unsurpassed acumen, intelligence, expertise, enterprise and industry.

The facility tour revealed so much about Dr. Uba. It proved beyond any doubt that he was on ground in business. He is a man who knows his onions in his chosen field of endeavour and business.

Who is also a good material for the Governance of Anambra State. Dr. Uba allowed his people to have a holistic eye-view and make a total appraisal of him as a businessman and a major player in the downstream sector of the Oil economy.

He was not afraid to let his people know him inside out. He has nothing to hide. He has no skeletons in his cup board. He laid all the cards on the table. He is not a pretender. He showed the good people of Anambra State what he is doing in Lagos and the enormity of his means of livelihood.

It should be mentioned here that this is the first time a business mogul from Anambra State who is interested in the Governorship of the State has conducted his people round his business facilities, investments and activities. There is no doubt that Dr. Uba did this with confidence and panache because he has no cause to look behind his shoulders. He does clean business and he lives by his business.

He does not have double identity. He is what he is and what he says he is. Nigeria will be a Great Nation the day when those who aspire to control the reins of power have the confidence and grace to take their constituents to their places of business and offices for an on the-spot assessment of who and what they are. The Nigeria political landscape is littered with jobless, unemployed and hungry men and women who are in politics simply as a means of livelihood.

Some politicians engage in politics not because they love their people and seek to advance their welfare. On the contrary, these politicians is only seeking the means to ek out a living, to survive and to make ends meet.

No wonder, then, that as soon as such people secure power, they embark upon monumental looting and plunder of the coffers of Government Allocation for the provision of Democratic Dividends and Infrastructural Facilities are pocketed and embezzled with impunity. White elephant projects are kick-started here and thereby as a ploy to siphon public funds.

To a large extent, the crippling corruption, fraud, embezzlement and widespread pilfering prevalent in Nigeria today is from hungry men who suffered great poverty, want and deprivation and who view public office as an opportunity to recoup what had been eaten by the locust.

There are politicians who cannot fight elections on their own either because of lack of influence or resources or absolute poverty of ideas. This, they rely on godless god father who help and assist them to given power on the understanding that they will use public funds to settle them.

This is the bane of Nigerian politics. We need a statesman, outspoken, confident, able and ready men who have no psychological problems and other debility inadequacies to join the political train to turn around the economy of this country.

We do not need people who are looking for employment in power. We need men and women of reason who have made it in their chosen fields of endeavor and who cannot be swayed by financial considerations if they find themselves in the corridors of power.

We need men little Dr. Uba who are richer than the Government they want to control and who will not misappropriate public funds but will augment the same with their own money. We need patriots in power. We need statesmen. We need goodmen. The eve of godfatherism should be over.

The godsons have ruined many States and Governments. A Distinguished Personality and Wealthy Businessman like Uba will not dip hands into the coffers of Government to help himself because he is richer than the Government he will control Dr. Uba is not coming to Government to make money. He is not seeking political office to acquire wealth or buy private jet which he already has. and wealthy State. Dr. Uba is coming to create wealth in Anambra reinvigorate the economy resuscitate ailing infrastructures, provide employment and give hope to the people.

The Leaders in Anambra State have seen it all. They are in a position to assess Uba and his pedigree. For long, Anambra State has been held by the jugular by a group of never-do-wells and political tin-gods. Anambra State has been in neo-colonial bondage of sorts. The State has been in ruins. It has been unable to rise above mediocrity. The State lies comatose.

It is a State where god-fathers arrested a sitting Governor and detained him. It is the State where ascendancy to Governorship is a function of who you know and how connected you are and not what you know and what you can offer. Dr. Uba is a Daniel come to judgment. He is coming to wipe out the tears of helpless and hapless Anambrarians who have been suffering in silence and praying that a Messiah will come to save them from their bondage and incapacitation. The facility tour of Dr. Uba’s facilities has another thing to commend it for.

It is a testimony to Dr. Uba’s willingness to sacrifice all he has just to come and liberate Anambra from the shackles of poverty, penury and deprivation. A lot of people from Anambra State and some NUPENG officials were also there. The tour encompassed all the facilities owned by Dr. Uba. The good people of Anambra State are now convinced that Dr. Uba is a fit and proper person to be the Governor of Anambra State. The good people of Anambra State who honoured Uba’s invitation were hosted at the prestigious Golden Tulip Hotel in Lagos.

As a lover of the people, the occasion afforded Uba the opportunity to discuss one on one with the stakeholders in Anambra State. In the process, he was apprised of the problems in the State and the aspirations of the people of the State.

He asked questions. He received answers. The people also asked him questions and he was meek and humbly in his answers to the questions. And this is the way it should be, for after all, democracy is government of the people by the people for the people. It was a pretty long town hall meeting of sorts which lasted from 8pm till 7am the following day.

This shows that Uba is a man who listens and likes to receive ideas from the people. This cross fertilization of ideas is what drives democracy and leads to good governance. Anambrarians were opportuned to come close to Uba, to study and understudy him, appreciate his sport of enterprise and his burning patriotism and love for his people.

Uba’s style is definitely revolutionary, it is the first time a public office seeker has arranged to meet the people at close quarters to interact with them and share ideas on how to move the State forward. After the interaction, the people were not only impressed but they were of the firm view that Uba is the man whom God has prepared and positioned to save Anambra State from the ruin and maladministration of yester-years.

The good people of Anambra State do not need to search further or any longer for the Messiah is here. The people of Anambra State found out from the tour that Dr. Uba’s investment is huge massive and outstanding.

The facilities included ships, jetties, depots, filling stations, tankers, and a host of other high-tech facilities on ground. It became apparent from findings from the tour that Dr. Uba’s Capital and Gas Oil Limited is one of the biggest distributors of petroleum products in Nigeria. Of great importance is the fact that Capital Oil and Gas has been a major player in the downstream sector ever before the subsidy regime. The company has tankers which supply fuel all over the country.

In fact, the activities of the company in the area of supply of petroleum products is one of the reasons why fuel is available everywhere today. This is because while other companies horde fuel in order to make huge profit, Dr. Uba’s companies are only interested in making the products available to all and sundry. Profit is not the driving force for the company.

Uba’s companies are known for giving back to the society what it got from the society in terms of social responsibility.

At least Capital Oil and Gas Co is known to provide employment to more than four thousand persons in Nigeria. On a personal level, Uba awards scholarships to indigent students. There are students who attend various schools in Nigeria, courtesy of Uba’s sponsorship.

He tars roads everywhere. His filling stations supply fuel free of charge to motorcyclists in Nnewi every Monday. He intervenes in all cases where poor people are being discriminated against or marginalized.

He donates money throughout the federation in pursuant of worthy causes. This may be the reason why his detractors wanted to rubbish him recently by framing him up. To God be the glory that he was vindicated everywhere-by the court, the court of public opinions and by the National Assembly.

It became apparent that his adversaries in business were afraid of his rising profile and success story and they tried to pull him down by tarnishing his image and panting him in black colours as a man who could not settle his debts. The truth has now revealed and Uba’s hands have been adjudged everywhere. Anambrarians should search no more for a Messiah.

We have one already in Uba. All the good people of Anambra State should now take a decision to crown and elect Uba as the next Governor of the State. Uba is a great Igbo man who loves his people and Nigeria alike with great passion and dedication. His love for the Igbos became even more manifest when he committed a huge sum of money towards giving the deceased Igbo sage and leader, Chief Emeka Odmegwu Ojukwu, a decent National and Befitting Burial.

Now that the Traditional Ruler, Leaders of Through, Presidents of Town Unions and other Stakeholders have had an insight into the pedigree and worth of Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Uba, it behooves them to take the Good News of Uba’s interest in Anambra State Governorship to all the nook and crannies of the State, to sensitize Anambrarians and to prepare the ground for his emergence to bring a new down in Anambra.

There is no doubt that Uba is God-sent to clean the Augean stable of Anambra’s politics of ineptitude, incompetence, bickering, brigandage, nepotism and financial rascality.

The stakeholders have seen, assessed and weighed Uba and they have no doubt that Uba is a man Anambra needs at a time like this. Uba has come to judgment in Anambra. He is the True Messiah. As Jesus was proclaimed by the Almighty God as his beloved son in whom he is well pleased, Anambrarians say with one voice and in unison that Dr. Uba is our beloved son in whom we are not only pleased but in whom we repose great hope and confidence to lead us to the land of promise. Surely, the cap of governorship of Anambra fits Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Uba. Let him wear it.

•Prince Oliver Okpala is a political analyst

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  1. Funny! Isn’t it. This boy is not educated and doesn’t have what it takes to be a governor of a state in this 21st century. Ok does he know the deference between micro and macro economics

  2. Mr writer , pls stop championing Ifeanyi Uba on this course. In as much as I admire Ifeanyi Uba for his astute strides in business it could be a suicidal attempt to have him govern a state like Anambra . The stage of governance should be allowed to be handled by technocrats likes Chief Soludo , Chief Ngige , Chief Mrs Dora and host of other educated and well groomed individuals in politics in that state.
    Politics are not been played by who controls the highest business empires. Ifeanyi Uba can still be relevant in Nigeria or Africa as a whole by other means of livelihood .
    Is Aliko Dangote , Cosmas Maduka , Mike Adenuga , Otedola , Onwuka Kalu , Innoson just to mention but a few not more popular today in Africa than some African leaders?
    Uba can still carve a better name to himself in business than in politics. Tomorrow his name will surround every media on how he siphoned Anambra state’s treasury , you people should discourage this Ifeanyi Uba out of state politics.
    One can still gain from his generosity in other ways but not from this treacherous manner of hypocrisy .

  3. Dr. Ifeanyi Uba. I have never met you before, please will you withstand mud slinging of Nigerian/Anambra politics. The politics itself is wicked that it can stifle your business after you bow out. Leave this people and face your business. There are ways you can help many of us from Anambra State without being in politics. Please do not throw away my lovely advice, but if you do one day you will remember me for ignoring this advice. [email protected]

  4. Strictly speaking, Anambra politics is for home based who knows what is on ground. You don’t win election in Anambra by how wealthy you are. That is sure.

  5. Strictly speaking, Anambra politics is for home based who knows what is on ground. You don’t win election in Anambra by how wealthy you are. See the Ngiges’ That is sure.

  6. The question Anambrarian should ask Uba is why has he not found it necessary to invest in Anambra state?

    We do not need illitrates, those who bought certificates, etc. No need grounded people in governance. Ngige, Dora, in my opinion should be a better fit; even though I am from Anambra North.

    Ubanesi and co are no opinions, even the nosense ones.

  7. Anambra governor is’nt meant 4 motor boys lik ifeanyi ubah. Its 4 high profile men lik oseloka obaze, chinedu idigo & afam ogene.

  8. Prince Okey Emezu-Orlu. on

    Anambra! You will not lie where you fail. Money politics! I have been following Ifeanyi Ubah and his campaign team on Facebook but couldn’t say mush because am not from Anambra. Right on his campaign page people we’re demanding to know his business with EFCC as regards to the allegation of fraud. The problem is not really that of knowing the ‘difference between micro and macro economics’ The issue is that of morality. Ifeanyi Ubah have a lot of moral questions to answer. He have the tag of a rouge and fraud on him and untill he clears these issues… For the ‘carry-go’ singers on his face book page, I suggest a rethink otherwise they will live to regret giving him their mandate. For further contributions on the affairs of INDIGBO, join us on Facebook.. INDIGBO POLITICAL SUMMIT.

  9. Showing his factory, is not enough proof that he is genuine, he has had problem of misappropriation of fund with Cosmas Maduka. He should go and pay the huge debt he owing bank. We don’t want people who will use our money to service his debt. Showing people his factory has a lot to say about the guilt inside him. Ifeanyi Uba should know that we Anambrians are no fools. we want Soludo period.

  10. Prince Oliver Okpala, i don’t know the politics you are analyzing because if you know the meaning of the word analyst, you won’t cheapen yourself in this manner to write this nonsense because of a mere peanut given to you. you have told us how hungry you are. please look for something to do, people of Anambra are hard working people.

  11. This writer Oliver Okpala should be watched.Brown envelop journalism is strongly playing out here.God knows how much he has collected from a hydra-headed,illitrate with a Ph.d,one embarassment of a race ,Igbo,Anambra.He is simply looking for where to steal much more money.By all standard,this man Ifeanyi Uba does not qualify to run for even a local government chairman election.But this is Nigeria.he just realise he will rent crowd and show them around whatever he call his organization,What has that got to do with leading Anambra people?He has bought Oliver Okpala,the writer of this perfidy to use every word available to paint him white.Anambra state!Nigerias political laboratory!every experiment happens here with anybody,anyday.Illitrate business men short-change the state,the country,and so much money resides in their hands,and they want to exibit power.God save Anambra!

  12. @oliver taa mechie gi on’u” do u think Anambra state is for highest bidder?even if Anambra is for sale do you ifeanyi can buy it? My friend u better look for another poem to writte, the traditional rulers u saw in dat meeting they are all hungry EZEs, because I knw those first class IGWEs like okpoko, Achebe and few of them where not there, so de ones u saw was just after their pockets,

  13. I want to join in advicing Ifeanyi Uba to face his problems and his business. This is somebody who dropped out of school in class 3 & suddenly found himself in richess shortly after. His temperament is something else as he can easily fight anybody in public. He lacks manners & has no respect for anybody. He is an illiterate to the core. Infact, his contemplation of even to contest the governorship election of a state like Anambra is an insult on the pple because he sees us as fools who can easily be bought with money. He lacks maturity otherwise, he would have known that all these pple flocking around him now are after the money he’s throwing about, the writer of the above article inclusive.

  14. Ifanyi uba go and luke for another thing to do for that drem to become a Governor because you are not educated and is all.

  15. Am so happy for the comment so far regarding Mr Uba
    It so dissappointing that he is taking people to lagos flaunting his business empire,that our belove 60 tradional ruler follow him to lagos to take $3500
    how will they correct him when he go wrong
    Mr Uba you didnt start well

  16. Going through history, you find out that a lot of people made their marks in careers, profession and business without adequate education by academic definition. Ifeanyi has made it in business and now wants to migrate to public life; and he is not afraid.
    If there is a level playing ground in Anambra politics, let us alloy him in. It is cowardice to get jittery for his mere expression of interest in governorship race. I do not know Ifeanyi neither does he know me but, he is one of us. And lets note here that Ifeanyi has done something nobody ever did.
    It is not easy for an upcoming politician to open up his back house for people to see his source of wealth. It is common scene in Anambra to see people who made money from illicit trades being carried shoulder high by praise singers.
    So, why can’t we support the one who showed honesty from day one.

    ifeanyi

  17. Is this man academically qualified to contest in this country”s governorship election?.
    By the way which political party does he support?.

  18. Fred Omera on

    Convoluted piece riddled with grammatical errors, If Uba is promoted by a half baked dim wit? What then can be expected from him? Very sad indeed. Prince Oliver Okpala please go back to school, learn how to communicate in proper English!

  19. can someone ask ifeanyi uba how many factory,industries he buld in Anambra state and how many anambras do he employed in his company,what does tawn union and anambra chiefs have to do with his bussiness empire.we can consider someone like innoson chukwuma for his ideas and massive employment in the state but he is still busy creating innovations.long live Anambra state.

  20. matthew anumati on

    then how did he come by that prefix (DOCTOR) ?after going through all the comments I lack what to say,hoe ever the anmbarians knows who the CAP fits.

  21. Most of you calling this young enterpreneur in oil business illiterate are actually the one’s correctly seem to be one. You guy’s should go back to your dictionary and find out the correct meaning of it and stop using it on one that’s clearly cross the word. I laugh at ignorance of one commenting him as a class 3 drop out cos he/she will also qualify stephen jobs founder of apple technology as an illiterate to mention but a few. And clearly this is where our people back home continue to exhbit their ignorance and foolishness towards thingking that it is only one’s who speak’s english fluently/rub their way from on set to complete their academic qualifications on due time are the one’s ment to call literate’s. Is really appauling that most people commenting did not realized that Ifeanyi Ubah as a citizen of Anambra state has equal right just like other citizens do too. Also, in as much as one will like Ifeanyi to mark his name in gold via his oil n gas business does not in anyway give one right as well to tell him by force to stop. I think honestly, we should allow the people of Anambra state to decide who is better qualify to lead the people to a better future of every well being aspect of life. Please, we should always realized in our conducts and manners especially youths regarding one another and note that we are in 2013 by throwing away myopic ways of reasoning.

  22. Let him tell us how he acquired so much weath shortly after dropping out of school. Steve Jobs developed Apple tech which made him popular world wide. He did aspire to become the gov. of his state or President of his country as a result of his wealth.Wealth is not the only quality reguired to make a good leader. As fcr how he acquired a ‘Doctorate’, any body can buy any certificate from these warehouse churches or from mushroom schools allover the place.

  23. People have said it all. Ifeanyi Ubah should go back to start with counsellorship, in other to develope his community with his wealth, not ANAMBRA state. Ngige & Akunyeli are there for Anambra. wealth is not knowledge.

  24. Gorvernance is all about delivering dividends of democracy, job creation, infracstrucral developement etc, its not about how many degree certificate in your cabinate. Come to think of it seasoned politicians think only about the next election, the current governor of anambra state is a biz man and honestry i think he has delivered, its a level playing field lets give everybody a chance

  25. Please Anambrarians, let Ifeanyi go and manage his business, am happy we all know this. Let us not put Anambra at risk again (if we look back in the past). Ifeanyi is our son but he has to wait PERIOD. We have men and women ( Dr. Ngige, Prof. Dora Akunyili, Emeka Anyaoku, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili etc.) already tested and ticked good for Anambra governorship, MY PEOPLE OF ANAMBRA TELL ME HOW CAN IFEANYI UBA MEET UP eeeeeeeee. Unless you do not want good thing for Anambra, thats when you jump these calibre of men and women to go for another person. ” I DON FINISH MY TALK oooooooooooo. “IF YOU KNOW HOW TO POUND , POUND IN THE MOTAR, BUT IF YOU DO NOT, POUND ON THE GROUND” and break your pestle. ” IF YOU BREAK YOUR MAT YOU SLEEP ON THE GROUND. PERIOD. This time is not politics of chance( my friend, my brother, money bag man, god fahter etc.), is coming out lets vote for him, then ALMIGHTY GOD, will punish you , me not inclusive. GBAM

  26. This is complete trash! a very very cheap praise singing if you ask me. Nigerians and Ndi-Anambara i know are far far away from this cheap and hungry analyst. It can only come from Sun NEWSPAPER although i am not surprise, after the owner is another fraud Orji-Uzor Kalu

  27. ohafia_mike on

    As much as I know anambra state,uba is a joker…if he wants to be a gov. let 60% of his biz investments go to anambra..why should he invest in lagos and rule anambra?…

  28. If he want’s to be governor, he should present his plans for Anambra State, what he wants to do & how he hopes to achieve them. People will then ask questions on those issues.
    it is so cheap showing Trad. Rulers your company’s infrastructures in Lagos. The whole article is not different from what we’ve heard in the past.

    The whole problem is not about who becomes the governor. Everybody has a part to play. we do not require a leader because of his wealth. We need God fearing leadership & follower-ship. We have two sides in an equation.

    All contestants should present their programs, let the people decide.

  29. I want to know if his brothers Cosmas Maduka, Innoson, Ibeto etc were on that team to Lagos. I understand Mr Uba is indebted to many of these his brothers and even banks. If he is so rich as claimed by this illiterate writer, we’ve not noticed it in Anambra State apart from few mini filing stations in the state. We need decent politicians not “agbolos”. Even that name “Uba” in Anambra politics makes me sick.

  30. Those facilities were the same he showed his brother Cosmas. It is possible that is how he convinces his victims.

  31. All humans are entitled to their opinions but not all opinions are the right ones. Leadership is not a question of the amount of degrees one has nor being a career politician but the ability to harness human and material resources to achieve the desired result, that is common good. Ifeanyi Ubah has proved by his words, conduct and track records that he can transform Anambra state into modern state where prosperity,rule of law, quality education, employment,good quality of life,equal opportunity, common good to mention but a few, florish. He is well educated, resourceful, philanthropic,altrustic and successful and will bring these sterling qualities to bear on Anambra state politics and goverance.The is a country where many people go into politics as a means of livelihood, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah has demonstrated by his gesture of declaration of his assets that he is going into politics not for percunary reasons but due to the love he has for his people and to use his talents to lift Anambra state out of political quagmire and corruption that have bed ridden the state for a long time. Ifeany Ubah is a man of tremendous and unsurpassing goodwill and courage. Anambrarians need a person of Ifeanyi’s calibre, integrity and probity in government house Awka while all the so mentioned intellectuals can serve as his advisers for the betterment of our state.Ifeanyi Ubah in Awka government house is one of the best things that can happen to Anambra state, we should all pray and work for it. Let us cast our vote for him and defend our vote.

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