Young, suave, rich, and profoundly educated with a Ph.D. in Law, Nigeria’s immediate past Minister of State for Education; Emeka Nwajiuba is undoubtedly qualified to run for the office of the president.
However, becoming Nigeria’s president goes beyond education and fine looks. It combines a whole gamut of political popularity coupled with the ability to ingratiate oneself with the diverse but eternally suspicious populace hammered by several years of misgovernance. These are features clearly lacking in the young ex-minister.
At 55, Emeka Nwajiuba had served as a member of the House of Reps on two occasions and had contested for the seat of Imo governorship three times without succeeding. In 2019, a few years after participating in the formation of the APC, he was edged out of the party, thereby forcing him to contest the last election under the Accord Party which he eventually won as a member of the House of Representatives. Incidentally, after less than 5 months on the seat, he was appointed by President Buhari as a minister of state.
Surprisingly, just when most people felt the young minister would either declare for his state’s governorship or senatorial seat, he made a bold move for the presidency! Apart from being one of the first set of ministers to purchase the #100 million naira APC presidential nomination form, he also became the first minister to resign from the cabinet preparatory to the presidential primary. These are clearly bold moves startling not a few.
While commending his courageous steps so far, the question is, what happens to his political career if he fails to clinch the APC presidential ticket? This automatically means that he would have lost out on all grounds.
Worse still, if he doesn’t get a good bargain with whoever gets the ticket, this may signal the end of his bourgeoning political career because he has already lost out in the power game in his Okigwe zone and the whole of Imo State.
Thus, his political future hangs in the balance unless he gets the presidential ticket or strikes a good deal with whoever gets it. Without these, he should kiss his political career a goodbye!
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