A source has claimed that oil mogul Ifeanyi Ubah has cut a deal with Governor Willie Obiano to replace the Anambra State governor at the end of his expected second term in 2022.
Obiano expects to be reelected on 18 November and has made plans to anoint Ubah as his successor just like Obiano’s predecessor Peter Obi handpicked the current governor as his replacement in 2014.
Ubah has thrown his considerable weight behind Obiano’s reelection as a result of this agreement to succeed the governor. Ubah is so desperate to be governor that he doesn’t care which party helps him achieve that ambition. He ran for governor in 2014 under the Labour Party. He then switched to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and failed to secure that party’s ticket for the governorship a few months ago. Last week, Ubah rejoined Obiano’s All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He had also belonged to the Accord Party and the All Progressives Congress (APC)
The businessman, who also owns the Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club based in Nnewi, is still under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a $120m oil subsidy fraud.
For Obiano to team up with a questionable character like Ubah shows the governor doesn’t really care about his state and is only interested in ruling at all cost. Both are desperadoes, with one desperate to continue his access to the state treasury and the other desperate to get his grubby fingers on the till.