EFCC Places Anambra Governor Willie Obiano On Watchlist

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed the incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano on a watchlist, ahead of the handover of government in the state. This was contained in a letter to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service dated November 15, 2021.

The EFCC requested the immigration to place Governor Willie Obiano on a watchlist and inform them anytime he is travelling out of the country from any of the international airports, as well as other points of entry and exit in the country.

It is, however, not clear why the anti-graft agency placed the Anambra state governor on a watchlist. According to information we received from our credible sources, it was reported that the move was an indication that the agency may have been secretly investigating the governor and possibly have intelligence that he was planning to escape after handing over power to his successor, Professor Charles Soludo, on March 16, 2022.

Sitting governors in Nigeria have immunity from criminal prosecution while still in office. Governor Willie Obiano who is currently 66 years old will hand over the leadership of Anambra state to Professor Charles Soludo on 16th March 2022 when he completes his two terms as governor of the state.

By that time, he would have completed his eight-year long term in office after winning the governorship election in 2013 on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The governor had left the banking system to join politics before winning the election to succeed former Governor Peter Obi.

On the other hand, Professor Charles Soludo, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, will succeed the incumbent governor, having won the election held earlier in November 6, 2021. Flying the flag of the ruling party in the state, he swept to victory, winning 19 of the 21 local government areas of the state.

Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Valentine Ozigbo and Young Progressives Party Senator Ifeanyi Ubah each won a local government. But the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Andy Uba, was unable to win any local government in the election.

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