*What each candidate should look out for
On the 18th of November, the electorate in Anambra State will go to the polls to elect their governor for the next four years. Political parties are already fixing dates for primary elections and the embargo on open campaign will soon be lifted. As the date draws near, observers are making predictions on who could emerge for each party and their chances.
We look at the major aspirants from notable political parties: Willie Obiano sits as the candidate for the incumbent party, APGA. Senator Andy Uba, Tony Nwoye and others will battle for the APC ticket. However, with the recent agreement alleged to have been signed by Chief Arthur Eze and Comrade Tony Nwoye, this may jeopardise his possibility of emergence.
Mr Godwin Ezeemo represents PPA, proprietor of Ifeanyi Ubah FC of Nnewi, Chief Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator Stella Oduah and a few others are seeking for the PDP ticket.
Former FRSC Corp Marshal Osita Chidoka will likely emerge as the candidate for UPP. There are chances of some other candidates still coming out on the ticket of other parties.
Who becomes the next Governor of the State?
Dr Samuel Okeyi, a political analyst said, “let it also be in your mind that most of the people following you as you cruise along the high ways of seeking to become the Anambra governor are not necessarily your supporters. There are a lot of people who have imbibed Ekiti State governor’s philosophy of “stomach infrastructure.”
“I will like to caution all the governorship aspirants to remember to put themselves in “neutral gear” to avoid disappointment and not be astounded, hurt, broken hearted or disillusioned after the final results first of the primaries are announced.
When you organise rallies one thing should be noted: People will come in their numbers but you should never have the erroneous impression that the entire crowd represents your supporters. There are three categories of people in a crowd.
- Observers (neutral or floating voters)
On the day or even an hour to voting any of these people can change their mind for or against you.
You ought to know that one can never read the human mind and that is why you should not be swayed by the presence or utterances of the crowd at your rallies.
If you are in “neutral gear” and you win, the happiness associated with it is overwhelming but if your expectations are very high and you are defeated, it is not very easy to recover. Note these points:
- Do your home work well before addressing the people.
- Be very frank with the audience. Tell them the truth even if that is not what they expect;
- Don’t ever promise them what you cannot deliver.
- Do not allow the applause and praises (usually flatter) associated with large crowds to sway you into making utterances that are unnecessary, uncalled for and unpleasant.
- Deal with issues and do not direct any verbal missiles at your opponents.
- Please do not refer to your opponents in your speeches otherwise you will make them more popular and that could go against you.
- Tell the crowd about current problems and what you intend to do to solve them when you are given the nod.
- Finally, stay focused and frequently question your followers on what people are saying about your candidature.
Let us all put our heads together and plan for a successful campaign and a peaceful election in Anambra devoid of violence. Any one or group of people who intend to foment trouble should know in advance that they might live to witness their intentions.