As Soludo Seeks Unity
The raging leadership tussle rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Anambra state chapter, appears not set for any resolution. Amidst claims and counter leadership claims, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared that it is throwing its weight behind faction led by Victor Oye which conducted the primaries that produced former CBN governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, as the party’s flag bearer at the November 6, 2021 governorship election.
In a released made available on Wednesday, INEC noted that it recognized only the faction led by its National Chairman, Oye. The list submitted by the electoral umpire also includes Labaran Maku as National Secretary with Damian Ozurumba, Garba Ibrahim and Ifeanyi Mbaeri as National Treasurer, Financial Secretary and National Legal Adviser respectively.
Victor Oye and Jude Okeke have been locked in the contest for who leads the party, a development that has torn the fledgling party down the middle and almost resulted in its disqualification from the governorship polls following its inability to notify INEC of its ad-hoc congress to elect delegates for the primary.
Meanwhile, the party’s governorship candidate, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, has embarked on a fence mending mission with co-contestants following the outcome of the just-concluded primary. This, according to him, is with a view to moving the party and Anambra state forward. As earlier indicated in his acceptance speech, the party flag bearer reiterated his determination to extend his hand of fellowship to all members as everyone is needed for the state to enjoy the benefit of being part of a new Anambra state with infinite possibilities and opportunities.
“Let me offer my hand of fellowship, and look forward to a partnership with all of you for greater APGA and Anambra State…to lay the foundation for the Anambra Vision 2070. Ours is a land of infinite possibilities and opportunities.
We need continuity, consolidation, and transformation to build on the existing foundation and maximise potentials. We need to unite and mobilise the creative energies and capital of the people all over the world as well as other investors to live out the essence of our motto: “Light of the Nation.”
Soludo assured that he would deploy all his global and national experiences and networks, including his expansive local knowledge to create a new Anambra that will make the people proud.
“We won’t take any vote for granted. We will work hard to earn every vote. We will triple our efforts and campaign everywhere and reach everyone. Our target is not only 21/21 local council’s but 326 out of 326 wards and breaking the one million votes mark in a free, fair and transparent election.”