Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, the gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the Anambra State elections scheduled for November 6, visited me today in Abuja to welcome me into the party and brief me on the state of play and the party’s campaign in Anambra State.
We had an excellent, enlightening session. Akachukwu’s innovative approach to governance is to use the “Umunna” (which extended family associations and meetings) in the local communities to create participatory governance that holds the state government accountable. This is an example of how traditional African concepts can be used to deepen our democracy instead of “cut and paste” from Western practices.
Akachukwu is a great candidate who is deeply embedded at the grassroots (he abandoned everything and has lived in his village in Okija for the past three years!) . I wish him and our great party the ADC every success in the Anambra elections.