As the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) continue their horse-trading over the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, a chieftain of APC, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has said that the two parties have a long history of cosy political understanding.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, yesterday, against the backdrop of claims by the National Coordinator of APGA Media Warriors, Chinedu Obidigwe, that APC was plotting a forceful takeover of Anambra, he said that merger of the two parties will be a political masterstroke.
Also, the Chairman of APC National Campaign Council for Anambra Governorship Election, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, has mandated Senator Osita Izunaso to reconcile aggrieved chieftains of the party in the state.
Okechukwu, who is the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), recalled that the political camaraderie dated back to 2013, when a faction of APGA joined the merger of APC in 2017.
He asserted that then “President Muhammadu Buhari more or less saved Governor Willie Obiano from traducers” against his re-election.
The VON DG, a founding-member of APC, said it was against that background that he recently admonished APGA leaders to fuse into APC as a pragmatic step towards successful and seamless prosecution of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra.
His words: “So, that suggestion was made from the prism of the pragmatic Zikist political model, which joins us with APGA. Pragmatism is the best strategy for Ndigbo to kill two birds with one stone, because if APGA fuses into APC, that will give APC three states in the South East geopolitical zone – a milestone.”
He insisted that APGA was missing the point by seeking to remain as a big fish in a small pond of regional politics that has only earned it just one state in the entire federation.
HOWEVER, the 11 aggrieved APC aspirants led by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), George Moghalu, insist there was no primary election of the party that produced Andy Uba as candidate of the party.
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state had declared Uba the winner of the primary election with 230,201 votes, and his closest rival, Johnbosco Onunkwo, 28,746 votes.