A group, All Progressives Congress Patriots (APCP), has called on all the aspirants of the party in the November 6, 2021 gubernatorial election in Anambra state to close ranks and ensure victory at the polls.
Speaking against the backdrop of internal crisis currently rocking the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the APC group said the discordant tunes from both parties is an opportunity for APC to win the election.
The group in a statement issued Wednesday by its spokesman, Hon. Victor Afam Ogene, said: “Given the procedural imperfections that attended APGA’s screening process, leading to the unfazed disqualification of otherwise qualified aspirants, and the musical chairs trailing the party’s national chairmanship, APGA’s participation in this year’s Anambra governorship election remains a matter of conjecture.
“In fact, the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to decline the party’s list of delegates is a major development which we have since taken judicial notice of.
“For the PDP, the multiplicity of court injunctions and rulings emerging from the camps of disparate godfathers, and unending disputations over which delegates’ list to work with, has cast the party in legal entanglement that can only be resolved after the November 6 election.
“We, therefore, commend our party’s aspirants for engaging in electioneering devoid of calumny and underhand tactics, and urge them to sustain such exemplary conduct.”
The group’s steering committee consists of the party’s deputy governorship candidate in the 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state, Dozie Ikedife, as coordinator, and it parades three former House of Representatives members, Honourables Emeke Nwogbo, Chizor Obidigwe and Afam Ogene. There are also former National Assembly aspirants in 2019, Mike Mbanefo, Ike Chidolue and Chidi Ogbaji. The party’s zonal youth leader, Olisaemeka Onyeka, and Barrister Chuks Chinwuba, a renowned political strategist who has been in the forefront of ensuring victory for the APC in this year’s Anambra gubernatorial election are also members.
“Part of its strategies included the April 27, 2021 interactive session which it convoked at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The event was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, all the aspirants, ministers, and leading political figures from the South east, including former Senate President Ken Nnamani.”