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Nigeria 2023: Could Anambra outcome deny Igbo presidency?

By Akin Irede
Posted on Monday, 15 November 2021 13:29

Charles Soludo shows his INEC certification on his win for Anambra State Governor
Charles Soludo shows his INEC certification on his win for Anambra State Governor/Twitter

Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), under the leadership of Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, came third in the latest governorship election in Anambra State despite the defection of top politicians into its fold. What will this mean for the party ahead of 2023?

On 13 October 2021, when President Muhammadu Buhari presented Nkem Okeke, the deputy governor of Anambra State, with the APC flag at the presidential villa, many were shocked at the sudden defection.

Okeke’s principal, Governor Willie Obiano, was still a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). That the defection happened barely three weeks before the highly anticipated election also cast a shadow over APGA’s ability to win the poll.