When the electorate set out on February 16, for the National Assembly election, it would be a different story in Anambra South Senatorial District. Andy Uba, the current Senator of the zone at the National Assembly, would be challenged by his younger brother, Chris Uba for the seat.
Andy is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while Chris is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Although many people find that curious, it appears neither of the brothers are worried.
Andy told New Telegraph recently that his brother has a right to run for the election against him. According to him, “The more, the merrier. He (Chris) is a Nigerian citizen and has the constitutional right to contest for any elective position. So, I am not losing sleep over it. The electorate will choose who their candidate is.
“He has to convince the voters as to why they should vote for him and I have my track record of my achievements as a senator and, like I said before, the masses will decide.” On his part, Chris, who is popular for his role in the abduction saga of a former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige, said that he was not bothered about contesting against his elder brother.
He had previously, in 2015, taken Andy and his faction of the PDP to court over the control of the party structures. That was before Andy defected to the APC. Chris told New Telegraph that since he was not in the same party with his brother, there was no issue about contesting against him.
He said: “He is free to run. We are not in the same party. It is not as if we are quarrelling. It is only politics. If I don’t contest against him, somebody will contest against him.” He, however, said that he was not sure of beating Andy. Rather, he said it was for the electorate to choose whom they prefer. He said: “I am not sure of beating him.
It is God that decide who would win. If he wins, it is okay, but if I win, he should also accept it. We are not in the same party. He picked his party’s ticket and I picked my party’s ticket. I am not running against him.” Should Chris eventually beat Andy in the race, it would complete a hat trick of senators for the Uba family since 1999. Their elder brother, Ugochukwu, was also a senator on the platform of the PDP.