By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
The emergence of Dr. Tony Nwoye as candidate of the APC and Mr. Oseloka Obaze as the candidate of the PDP has brought to fore the reduced relevance of money as a factor in determining success in Anambra, analysts have said. Until now, Anambra had gained notoriety for the way money had been used to influence political ascension, especially in the PDP.
Analysts have pointed out the zeal with which chieftains of political parties from other states lobbied to be appointed into election panels constituted by major political parties to supervise electoral contests in Anambra State.
In one particular case few years ago, a prominent politician from the Middle Belt after taking up the chairmanship of the election panel for Anambra State relocated to Asaba in neighbouring Delta State where he settled to collect bribes to project aspirants who paid him. That case gained infamy in the party after the same politician also collected bribes on behalf of the appeal panel to ensure that those he projected were also favourably looked upon by the appeal panel.
However, the emergence of Dr. Nwoye and Obaze despite the presence of more wealthy aspirants in the two parties may have underscored the diminished relevance of money in Anambra.
“One thing our people seem to have shown after this is that they are no longer being influenced by the money that politicians give. They collected the money but still went ahead to vote according to their conscience,” a source close to the PDP candidate said yesterday.
In the PDP for instance, Obaze who is believed to be backed by Mr. Peter Obi came first and was followed by Dr. Alex Obiogbolu. The duo were trailed by multi billionaires.