Andy, Chris Uba At War Again

THISDAY - - SOCIETY WATCH -

Pol­i­tics and power al­ways have a way of tear­ing friends and broth­ers apart.

If you are in doubt, ask Andy and Chris Uba.

These two broth­ers and po­lit­i­cal glad­i­a­tors from Anam­bra State have al­ways been at each other’s jugu­lar over po­lit­i­cal power and bat­tle for supremacy.

So­ci­ety Watch gath­ered that the ‘war’ again has taken a new and dan­ger­ous di­men­sion, as the two broth­ers would be con­test­ing the Se­nate in Anam­bra South Se­na­to­rial Dis­trict on dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal plat­forms.

Andy, the el­der brother, is cur­rently with the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, APC, while his brother, Chris is with the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, PDP.

Chris, it was gath­ered, has vowed to de­throne Andy.

A source di­vulged that Chris tells who­ever cares to listen to him that he is tired of be­ing ad­dressed as po­lit­i­cal ‘god­fa­ther ‘ with­out any other ben­e­fit and he would do ev­ery­thing within his ca­pac­ity to achieve his aim.

Those in the know hinted that this is not the first time the broth­ers would square up against each other.

It was re­vealed that when Andy was in a joy­ous mood and thank­ing God for his vic­tory at the polls un­der the PDP in 2015, some of his fam­ily mem­bers called for a show­down with him.

In 2015, Chris pitched his tent with his op­po­nent at the polls, Ernest Ndukwe of APGA,

The APGA can­di­date, who re­jected the re­sult de­clared by the INEC, vowed to chal­lenge Uba’s vic­tory at the tri­bunal.

What was, how­ever, con­found­ing was that Chris was the fi­nan­cial mus­cle be­hind Ndukwe.

It was learnt that be­fore the party pri­mary that threw up Uba as the PDP can­di­date, Chris had shown in­ter­est in con­test­ing for the same Anam­bra South Se­na­to­rial seat.

How­ever, in the build-up to the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion, the Uba fam­ily unan­i­mously agreed that Uba should va­cate the Se­nate seat for his younger brother, Chris while Andy give the gov­er­nor­ship seat an­other trial.

Andy re­port­edly agreed but af­ter los­ing out at the Anam­bra gov­er­nor­ship pri­maries, he made a U-turn and in­sisted he would go for the Se­nate.

Even af­ter sev­eral pleas by some el­ders in fam­ily, he re­fused to yield to the ear­lier agree­ment.

The source con­firmed fur­ther that the cri­sis, which is tear­ing the fam­ily apart, has be­come a sub­ject of dis­cus­sion in the whole com­mu­nity.

It is com­mon knowl­edge that Chris is the god­fa­ther of Anam­bra PDP. First, he in­stalled his el­dest brother, Sen­a­tor Ugochukwu, as sen­a­tor for Anam­bra South be­tween 2003 and 2007.

He later made his brother, Andy, gover­nor of the state in 2007 un­til he was re­moved by the court, thereby paving way for Peter Obi of APGA to take over the seat as gover­nor.

Con­se­quently, Andy, in 2011, went to the Se­nate.

Andy and Chris Uba

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