Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The likelihood of the constitution and party guideline of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) being an eviction mechanism in the screening of aspirants for various elective offices in the 2019 general elections may not be ruled out completely as the party intends to invoke the spirit of the constitution in the assessment of its aspirants.
It is also said that the duration of membership of a political party is dependent on whether one is eligible to contest an election on the platform of the party.
This was the reason why the state publicity secretary of APGA in Anambra state Hon. Chinedu Nkwonta on Thursday cleared the air as it concerns eligibility of candidates to contest elections on the platform of APGA while speakimg with newsmen at the party secretariat Awka.
He said irrespective of how long one has been in the party, the constitution of the party equally made provisions for what he described as waiver which enables anyone to contest election on its platform immediately while joining the party.
Nkwonta explained that “part of the constitution is the waiver arrangements. Somebody can come into the party this hour and run an election immediately; it depends on the party. We have waiver and its been done before …”
He said the party’s constitution was primary and that the party can not plunge itself into unconstitutionality because the constitution and party guidelines would be invoked to thoroughly scrutinise as well as screen the aspirants as some of them may not go beyond the screening stage.
The state publicity secretary of APGA added that the national working committee would set up an election committee which would be executed by the state working committee that would further weigh the candidates on their values and antecedents, adding that there is a likelihood of the party giving concession to aspirants whom the party deems fit, have comparative advantage over others in spite of whether they met the party guidelines.
Although he noted that politics is about rumours, insinuations and political permutations, he pointed out that too many aspirants are coming out on the platform of APGA because the party is doing well in Anambra state stressing that APGA is the most organised political party in Nigeria.
He maintained that irrespective of the big masquerades coming into the party, APGA would conduct a free and fair primary elections, noting that all the aspirants on the platform of the party would all have a level playing field.
Nkwonta debunked insinuations on the possibility of annointed candidates, saying that no such thing existed in APGA because the party does not intend to truncate its internal democracy and reputation even as he noted that the solution to the current socio-economic and political quagmire in the country lies in the hands of the APGA.