…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has made a significant change to his ticket in preparation for the upcoming governorship election on November 11.
He has replaced his deputy, Prof Placid Njoku, with a female candidate, Mrs Ekemaru Chinyere Ihuoma.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently released a list of the running mates for the election, which revealed the new deputy for Governor Uzodimma.
Deputy Choices of Other Candidates
The INEC list also unveiled the choice of deputy candidates for other political parties.
Samuel Anyanwu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, has selected Jones Onyeriri, a former House of Representatives member, as his deputy.
Additionally, Senator Athan Achonu from the Labour Party has teamed up with Tony Nwulu, another former House of Representatives member, as his deputy.
Strategic Move and Political Balancing
According to political analysts interviewed by Daily Trust, the selection of a female deputy by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is seen as a strategic move to attract female voters in the state.
They believe that by choosing Ekemaru, who is from the same Mbaike block as the PDP candidate, the APC aims to counterbalance the growing influence of the opposition party in the upcoming election.
Compensation and Regional Representation
The analysts also suggest that the selection of Ekemaru serves as a form of compensation for the people of Ikeduru since she shares the same political block as the outgoing deputy, Placid Njoku.
This decision ensures regional representation and may help maintain support from the Ikeduru region in the election.
Governor Uzodimma’s decision to replace his deputy with Mrs Ekemaru Chinyere Ihuoma ahead of the Imo State governorship election brings a new dynamic to the electoral race.
The choice of a female deputy is seen as a strategic move by the APC to appeal to female voters, while also aiming to counterbalance the influence of the PDP.
Additionally, the selection of a deputy from the same region as the outgoing deputy offers compensation and ensures regional representation.
The forthcoming election in Imo State is poised to be an intriguing contest with these changes in the political landscape.
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