Raymond Ozoji, Awka
As political actors gear up for the 2019 general elections, the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra state has made it clear that it would not accept anything called adopted sons or candidates.
Governor Willie Obiano and the national chairman of the party Ozo Victor Oye have proverbially washed their hands off such on the grounds that such principle will destroy and tear the party apart.
They both concurred that all prospective aspirants for the 2019 general elections on the platform of the party should go to the people and campaign vigorously using their manifestoes and work plans to convince as well as assure them on why it is necessary they have their mandates.
Speaking with a team of journalists at the government house Awka on Tuesday, an APGA stalwart and Chairman of Awka-North Local Government Area Hon. Onwuzuka Lawrence Emeka said APGA was a sellable item and level playing field for all and sundry.
He said the governor’s position and the stance of the national chairman on preferred or adopted candidates were clear and understandable in the sense that they both believe in the interest and unity of the party and ensure its internal democracy.
Onwuzuka explained that adopted candidates might not arise as all aspirants on the platform of the party would go to the primary elections where the principle of equity and fairness would take precedence.
The Awka-North transition committee chairman further reiterated the fact that the APGA was a sellable item due to the way and manner the governor had piloted the affairs of the state. He added that it was equally the remote reason why the party was currently witnessing an influx of people gearing up for 2019 general elections.
He noted also that Governor Willie Obiano was the first governor in the history of Nigeria to score hundred percent votes, winning in all the 21 local government areas of the state in the 2017 gubernatorial elections, emphasizing that his sterling performance in office and the rapid growth of the party prompted more to join APGA.