Apprehension In Anambra APGA As Ex-PDP Chieftains Wrestle Over NASS Ticket


Apprehension In Anambra APGA As Ex-PDP Chieftains Wrestle Over NASS Ticket

Apprehension In Anambra APGA As Ex-PDP Chieftains Wrestle Over NASS Ticket

By Okey Maduforo


The victory of All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA in the last

gubernatorial election in Anambra State has erupted stiff battle among

the new members of the party from the Peoples Democratic (PDP) over

the senate and Federal  House of Representative nomination tickets for

2019 general election.


Confirmed reports have it that this is a product of the support by top

PDP Chieftains to Gov. Willie Obinao during the November governorship

election in Anambra against their former party.


This support which was as a result of their protests challenging the

nomination of Chief Oseloka Obaze as it gubernatorial candidate which

they alleged was manipulated by former Gov. Peter Obi.


So far incumbent Senator Princess Stella Odua is as good as clinching

the APGA Senatorial ticket of Anambra North District while Prince

Nicholas Okechukwu was said to have been promised the senatorial

ticket of Anambra South District.


However the CEO of Capital Oil and Gas Ltd, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah who also

worked for the victory of Gov. Obiano was allegedly promised the same

ticket of Anambra South which is already brewing crisis within the

ranks of APGA in the state.


Though neither the state chairman of APGA nor the National Chairman of

APGA Chief Victor Oye has offered to comment of this development

Ifeanyi Ubah has commenced campaign within the party insisting that it

had already been concluded that he would fly the party’s flag come

2019 general election.


In what appears to be the danger locking in the dark is the reported

agreement between Sen. Andy Uba of the All Progressive Congress (APC)

and Gov. Obiano that he would be returned for the third term under APC

platform, following his alleged assistance to the governor in

November, 2017 election in the state.


Other decampees of the PDP who appears to be sure of getting the APGA

ticket include, former Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Chief

Anayo Nnebe who currently represents Awka North and South Federal

Constituency, Chief Ben Nwankwo of Orumba North and South majority

leader of Anambra Assembly Prince Humphrey Nsofor is to pick the

ticket of Nnewi Federal Constituency.


But as at the time of this report, founding members of APGA are

already protesting what they called the imposition of PDP members as

candidates of APGA for the 2019 general election.


They insist that there should not be any automatic ticket for any

aspirant expressing fears that the new entrant into the party would

surely leave the party when they win.

At a meeting in a popular hotel in Awka over the weekend the members

who addressed themselves as APGA Integrity Forum (AIF) concluded to

meet with the governor, National Chairman of the party and members of

the Board of Trustees in order to register their anger.

“We shall respect constituted authority and hold meetings with the

governor National Chairman and BOT members of our party”.


There must be internal democracy in APGA and all aspirants should

subject themselves to the primaries which is the electoral process in

line with the constitution of our party”.

“We would resist any attempt by persons or group of persons to impose

any body on us and these PDP elements would surely leave our party and

return to PDP once they win” one of the members said.

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