Imo State governor and South East zonal cordinator of All Progressive Congress (APC) reconciliation committee, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has assured gubernatorial aspirants of the party in Anambra state 2021 that the party would conduct a transparent primary.
Uzodinma, who stated this at the APC second stakeholders meeting held in Awka, the Anambra state capital on Saturday, said the party has no anointed candidate excerpt whoever to be voted by delegates during the primary poll.
“We want you to continue to embrace one another with peace. All the governorship aspirant is potential winner of the party primary. We have no intention of anointing or imposing anyone on you. We have not endorsed anyone. The power has been given back to the people.
“All we are assuring you is that APC shall conduct a very transparent primary. We have all it takes to win the governorship election. We will give you maximum support. We know our strategy. But we won’t disclose it to anyone. Anambra state is daring to us. I want to assure you that Anambra state shall be connected to the national level. Never again would your share of political appointment and others is to be given out to none APC members,” Uzodinma said.
Also speaking, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnia Onu, and his counterpart in the ministry of Environment, Barr. Sharon Ikeazor, charged the leadership and stakeholders of the party at the state level to double their efforts in getting more members in the forthcoming APC membership registration exercise.
“We need more members. All the stakeholders must join hands in registering new members at their wards. We need formidable structure to win Anambra state 2021 poll. No one should hijack the exercise at any level. It is when we unanimously achieve that we can easily and successfully produce the 2023 presidential candidate and winner. We believe that Igbo person will emerge as Nigerian president in 2023 if we are united, “ Ikeazor assured.
The leader of APC in Anambra state and Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, also harped on the need for the party to become committed and united in the state 2021 project which according to him, was the sure way to victory as President Muhammadu Buhari would not influence any process for anyone.
Earlier, the state Chairman, Caretaker Committee of APC, Hon. Basil Ejidike, while enumerating their success stories, identified distrust, paucity of fund, lack of reward system and no empowerment as some of the challenges facing them.