Candidates for the March 9 governorship elections in 30 of the 36 states of the federation are resuming their campaigns days after the keenly contested Presidential and National Assembly elections.
In Enugu State, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi took his campaign to Nkanu-West Local Government Area where he held a rally in Obinagu Uwani Akpugo.
And in a social media message to his supporters, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Emmanuel Jime said it is “Time to face our local issues with the same awareness. Time to redesign the architecture of our development”. With his party recording major losses in the National Assembly elections in the State but winning the presidential polls, Jime’s message is that “We need a strong connection to the Centre to implement bold changes to governance here at home”.
It is not however the same message in Imo State where the APC candidate, Senator Hope Uzodimma has promised to recover all funds allegedly misappropriated by his fellow party man and outgoing governor, Rochas Okorocha. Senator Uzodimma who does not enjoy the support of Governor Okorocha resumed his campaigns in Owerri-North Local Government and Owerri Municipal Council of the State. Okorocha is working against the victory of his party in the March 9 polls by supporting the campaign and election of his former Chief of Staff and son in-law, Uche Nwosu who defected to the Action Alliance (AA) after losing the APC governorship ticket.
Analysts say Ogun is also the state to watch in the governorship election for both the APC and PDP. The APC candidate, Adedapo Abiodun also does not enjoy the support of his party man and incumbent governor, Ibikunle Amosu like is the case in Imo State. In fact, Senator Amosun has promised to formally join the campaign train of Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) who was his preferred choice but had to leave the APC after losing in the politics of clinching the party’s governorship ticket. It will be recalled that the APC presidential campaign rally in Abeokuta, the state capital was disrupted due to this crisis.
For the PDP, it does not recognise the candidature of Senator Buruji Kashamu who has picked former presidential spokesperson Dr. Reuben Abati as his running mate following factions in the state chapter that has polarised the party for several years. The judgement of the Federal High Court did not recognise the member of the House of Representatives, Ladi Adebutu who was presented by the PDP National Secretariat as the party’s governorship candidate.
While the APC is not contesting the governorship election in Rivers State, there will be no governorship polls in the six states of Ekiti, Osun, Kogi, Edo, Ondo and Anambra where the tenure of the incumbent governors will not elapse on May, 29, 2019. The APC currently has 24 governors out of the 36 states, PDP has 11 and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has one.
On Saturday, March 9, elections will also be held for state constituency seats in all the 36 states and then the six chairmanship positions and 62 councillorship seats in the area councils of the Federal Capital Territory, namely Abaji, Abuja Municipal, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Kwali.