#AnambraDecides: How Doctor Tony Nwoye Found Himself In Politics
Dr. Tony Nwoye is contesting the governorship election in Anambra State and he is one of the 35 that residents of the state have to choose from.
When Dr. Tony Nwoye’s parents, Mr and Mrs. Lawrence Nwoye, gave birth to him on 13 September 1974, there were not aware they had given birth to a man that will become a doctor and still have eyes in politics.
The Anambra governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has over the years ‘falling in love with politics more than the medical profession’.
He had passed through the Metropolitan Secondary School, in Onitsha, Anambra’s most populous community and commercial centre.
Nwoye’s people are known for their unwavering love for business and trade, but his love for education also ensured he proceeded to the University of Nigeria college of medicine and later furthered his knowledge of medicine at the Ebonyi state University and sworn in as a medical doctor.
Politics is in his blood. While in medical school he held different political position, fighting for students' rights.
He is also a man of many firsts.
Nwoye was the first medical student to become the speaker of the student union house of representative in the University of Nigeria and also received an award for fighting cultism.
In December 2003, Tony was elected the National president of National Association of Nigeria Student and that brought him to national lime light.
He eventually found his feet in the People Democratic Party (PDP) and at the age of 31, he arose to become the youngest Assistant Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Anambra State PDP in 2005.
By 2006, Mr Nwoye became the Chairman of the State Executive Committee of the Anambra State PDP making him the youngest State Chairman of a major political party in the entire nation.
His political career took a different turn in 2014, when he ran for the governorship position in Anambra State, but lost to the Candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance party, and the incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano.
His loss and his political party’s loss to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the centre had become a source of worry for the Onitsha man, who dumped the PDP in May 2016.
“I am no longer satisfied with what is happening in the PDP. I no longer have anything to do with the party and I will soon officially declare for APC. I won’t force my followers to follow me, but they are free to join me in the movement to APC because politics is a matter of choice,” he said few days to the day he official announced his defection.
The man may have been offered a position that he now holds – governorship candidate of the APC – before he left the PDP as a way of motivating him to leave his old party which has not ruled Anambra State since 2006.
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He says his vision is to re-establish Anambra State to its enviable height and released a nine-point manifesto that focuses on agriculture and food security, education, healthcare, security, industry, youths, sports and job creation, environment, oil and gas and housing.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress also has a covenant and it reads “By God’s grace, I will selflessly serve the people of Anambra State to the very best of my ability with particular focus on Poverty Eradication.
“I want to be judged by the improved level of security of life and property; the number of youths trained and empowered both locally and internationally; the level of additional infrastructural development; the extent and quality of accessible healthcare in the state, especially in the rural communities”.