#AnambraDecides2017: Why I lost governorship election – Osita Chidoka

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

The candidate of the United Progressive Party, UPP, Osita Chidoka, has accepted defeat in the Anambra elections.

Mr Chidoka said he lost Saturday’s election to the superior financial firepower of Governor Willi Obiano’s All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.

Mr. Obiano won in all the 21 local governments. Mr. Chidoka won in none, getting more than 1,000 votes in only his Idemili North Local Government Area where he had 2,847 votes.

Mr. Chidoka, in a statement, said he accepted the results but hoped the people of the state have not mortgaged the future of the state by selling their votes to the highest bidder.

Read his full statement below:

Declaration Of The Candidate Of The United Progressive Party, UPP, Osita Chidoka On The Outcome Of The November 18, 2017 Anambra Governorship Election.

On September 30, 2017 we officially flagged-off our campaigns for the election. That event at Uli, the remarkable site of the historic Biafra Airport remains significant to our people in our collective search for a new beginning.

Our campaign attracted the finest and brightest of Anambra. The bold and the courageous were with us as we exerted our best in running the most robust issue-based and technology-driven campaign in the history of our dear state.

We attempted to change the course of events and chart a new beginning for our state. We believed and we dared; we engaged with all patriotic vigour as we held strongly that the long awaited time for our people to experience a new opportunity had come and we labored for it.

In all, our focus was the people; the forgotten, the poor and the disadvantaged. They were the prime impetus for our involvement. We beheld their agony and we strived to redirect and vent that energy through a genuine political process. We heard the complaints of our people and we worked to redirect them from the streets to the ballot box.

Upon that pedestal, we rejected god-fatherism and money politics. Instead, we made personal sacrifices and worked with small donations and goodwill of a few good men and women. Our campaign started and remained issues-based. We attacked no persons; we looked up in faith because we believed.

But from the ballots, we heard the voice of our people. We heard it loud and clear. On November 18 our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians. They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest. While our message resonated with the people they doubted that the political class cared about them. They voted for the highest bidder.

When by Thursday a large percentage of our supporters insisted that they will not vote unless we paid, I insisted we will not pay for votes. The decision not to pay ended our good run. We accept the voters’ decision. We also heard our people, by their turnout and transactional approach, as they took sides with our Party’s considered view that the issue of justice, equity and fairness should be canvassed within Nigeria.

In all, we hold our heads high; high because we did not lose the poll due to paucity of ideas or lack of “structure”. We lost to superior financial firepower. As Democrats, we concede to the voters’ choices. The true hallmark of democracy is the respect for the voice of the ballot as that of the majority.

But the inner truth is that we won! We won at the most important place; in the hearts of people; our people who saw us toil and push in the arena against all odds; who saw the sincerity of our mission and gave all in support of our quest for collective good. We salute you for your support and personal sacrifices to the campaign.

We therefore make no apologies for our decision to refrain from money politics and chart a new course for a clean, knowledge-based campaign driven by patriotism. We make no apologies for our campaign philosophies and our positions on momentous issues that directly affect our people. We are proud to have spoken for them.

However, an important issue has come out of this election. This election represented a referendum on our future. No matter the number that came out to vote, they have made the choice and we do hope that the future we all envisioned for our children and us has not been mortgaged by their action.

The election, with all its evident flaws has come and gone, but now that we have engaged in the political process, we will remain engaged. We will retreat for now but we shall not surrender. We wish the Governor-elect a successful tenure, but we will still be available to point out the way and provide credible alternatives for our people.

Finally, we thank all our volunteers, party loyalists and teeming supporters from across the state; courageous men and women who laboured tirelessly to give wings to our dream. I salute you all. We are not discouraged but shall continue to propagate our message of a new Anambra. We shall continue on the course for which we went into the race and we shall continue to believe and work until that new Anambra of our dream is born.

Thank you and God bless Anambra State.


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  • Okadigbo

    Shaaarap my dear Chidioka. “…Mr. Chidoka, in a statement, said he accepted the results but hoped the people of the state have not mortgaged the future of the state by selling their votes to the highest bidder….”. Really???? So you care that the wrong person has been elected? If you are honest with your concerns then why have you not expressed same about a dumb Buhari who is now referred to as President of a Nigeria despite the array of sharp, smart and intelligent minds at home and abroad? But you’ve been quite but only pursued your governorship ambition for your personal reasons. Period. You were just hustling because you are jobless. Go and visit hotnigerianjobs or jobberman websites and begin to apply for teaching jobs that Buhari and fake pastor Osinbajo have provided. Yeye fowl.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Off line.

      • Emeka

        Absolute “offline.” We would only spare him this rubbish he just spewed because of God’s given unlimited freedom of speech, if not he needs to be confined in the psychiatric.

        • aisha ani


    • Pcletus S. Chidi

      RESPECT Chidoka; he has done his best! It is not easy to be on the hot seat contesting with best minds! RESPECT! Mr Chidoka is a future governor! Brother Chido, don’t give up! When it is Anambra Central’s turn to contest; just launch yourself back, we must vote you en-mass. Chidoka is a future governor!

      • Biafran 1967

        Chidoka is as corrupt as the rest of the zoo clowns. He couldn’t afford as many plates of rice as APGA and APC. All are corrupt and this election was therefore irrelevant. However, on another point, APC should get out of Igboland and take their military thugs with them.

  • Jon

    Anambra people voted for Ojukwu’s APGA. The late Ikemba won Anambra for Obiano

    • Pcletus S. Chidi

      You are right! Our brave son, Ikemba lives in immortality; Ojukwu is alive! RESPECT Ndi Anambra! RESPECT!

    • Biafran 1967

      I do wonder when I hear that Ojukwu’s son defected from APGA to APC. I felt sick when I heard the news.

  • Emeka

    This boy is bankrupt in his reasoning… Can you imagine the flimsy excuse he makes? People like this boy are not the character the anambra of today needs!

  • Pcletus S. Chidi

    RESPECT! Respect Ndi Anambra! Chidoka, we want Anambra North to finish their remaining 4 years. No obstruction! After all, Governor Willie is a good Governor! Let’s stick with him; he has no option but to do better! RESPECT!

  • Inieke Akpan Ekuma

    Actually, I buy into the idea of trying to stop money politics. It is hoped, Nigerians will learn to vote without being lured. However, the good thing is that miscreants weren’t able to stop the election.

  • Chambers Okorie

    Chidoka ran the most robust and issue based politics,he represents the collective arspiration of Anambra and Ndigbo in general,He Won in iimplimentable ideas and sound vision for development of Anambra and lost to money politics.all these low level characters who did not appreciate his quality contribution to the process are the losers.