- * Again, Warns On Imposition Of Unpopular Candidate
Worried by the poor showing of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC), in Saturday's bye-election in Abia state, some stakeholders of the party from Anambra have advised the APC hierarchy to buckle up, so as to win the Anambra State governorship election holding on Saturday, November 6.
The APC stakeholders under the aegis of APC Patriots, Anambra chapter, also called on the Leadership of the party not to contemplate any plan to foist an unpopular candidate on the party in the upcoming gubernatorial primary election in the state.
The Anambra APC Patriots observed that the rancor which trailed an alleged imposition of the candidate was responsible for the party's loss of the Aba North and South Federal Constituency seat to the rival People's Democratic Party, PDP last Saturday.
In a statement jointly signed by the Co-ordinator of the group, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, and spokesman, Hon. Victor Afam Ogene, the Chieftains wondered how an aspirant (Mascot Uzor-Kalu), who was said to have won the APC primaries with 47, 825 votes - as announced by the Barrister Bisi Idaomi-led electoral committee - could not garner beyond 3, 674 votes in the general election.
The Patriots noted that an APC chieftain from the area, Prince Paul Ikonne, the Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority(NALDA), had also decried the process that led to Mascot Kalu's emergence as party flagbearer.
Other members of the group's sterling committee include former House of Representatives members, Chizor Obidigwe and Chukwuemeke Nwogbo, APC southeast Zonal Youth Leader, Olisa Onyeka, Communications guru, Ike Chidolue, business tycoon, Chidi Ogbaji, veteran strategist, C.J Chinwuba, and Mike Mbanefo, a lawyer.
The Patriots said in the statement: "The obvious lack of transparency, which led to the disqualification of the other aspirant in the primaries, Dr. Nwokeocha Ogbonnaya Eze, was a precursor to the poor showing of the APC in the bye-election.
"Being a younger brother of the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, the feeling is rife that Mascot's emergence as the candidate was tantamount to an imposition.
"We, therefore, restate our earlier call, made on March 11, 2021, to the effect that we shall, using all lawful means at our disposal, resist any attempt to anoint any candidate.
"On the contrary, we reiterate our resolve to take over the governance of Anambra state by unveiling, at the appropriate time, a candidate that would be acceptable to the majority of Anambrarians," the APC Patriots said.
The group disclosed that thus far, it has concluded preliminary interactions with some leading aspirants, including Dr. Chidozie Nwankwo, Senator Andy Uba, Engr. Johnbosco Onunkwo, Ben Etiaba, and Chief George Muoghalu, the Director-General, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
Others include Chief Azuka Okwuosa, Colonel Geoff Onyejegbu, presidential aide, Comrade Maxwell Okoye, and Paul Orajiaka, a young entrepreneur. NNL.