The famous Anambra Spirit of never say die was on full display on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Gallant Ndi Anambra did two fascinating things: one, they bought into Cee Cee Soludo’s grand vision of transforming Anambra into a liveable and prosperous smart Megacity and two, they stopped the rampaging renegades from conquering Igbo land for their paymasters. Yes, the election was consequential because taking over Anambra State is analogous to taking over the entire Igbo land. Their sponsored mission was to destroy the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the fledging political vehicle with which Ndigbo can deploy to negotiate their place in Nigeria.
Notwithstanding the security challenges, the massive inducements by the renegades and the frustratingly slow INEC process, they patiently persevered to vote for APGA and Soludo. There were instances where wives defied their husbands and voted for APGA, daughters and sons looked their fathers or mothers eye ball to eye ball and said ‘NO’ to going with the rascals and the enemies of our people. By their actions, they truly demonstrated that ‘Anambra no be Uzodinma’s Imo’ and we have been informed that our brothers and sisters in the other Igbo states and indeed all over the world are cheering for this feat, which is psychologically uplifting. They have tamed the roaring lions and we won’t begrudge them if they take the glory. What a sweet victory against the deviants.
The fight to restore the respect and dignity of Ndigbo was ferocious but was won by a marketable candidate, dogged and vigilant electorate and an improved technology deployed by the electoral body. These torpedoed the now myopic electoral malpractices that the rascals used to destructively coast to victories in the past. Obviously, the times have changed, regarding both the electoral process and the voters’ behaviour and habits.
The reality is that they are our brothers and sisters that need rehabilitation. We believe that Soludo will give them soft landing so they can join him in making Anambra the preferred place to live happily, learn happily, work happily, invest happily and enjoy happily. We congratulate and commend all of us who stood up to be counted for the sweet victory. By jove, let’s celebrate!
Be of good cheer!!
Joe C. Anatune
Writes from Awa