Raymond Ozoji, Awka
As political permutations and predictions towards 2021 Anambra governorship elections begin to envelope the atmosphere, the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has declared that it will not cede power to those it describes as opposition elements.
Some party faithful who spoke with our correspondent at Royal Garden Hotel Nibo in Awka-South local government area of Anambra state where the party held its retreat over the weekend said the party was not unmindful of the antics and workings of opposition elements as it concerns 2021 governorship polls but expressed great confidence in the party’s ability to maintain its stronghold on Anambra.
The state secretary of the APGA in Anambra, Barr Tony Ifeanya, said that the good governance model instituted by APGA in the state had endeared the party to the citizenry and that they wouldn’t renege on their support for the party in 2021.
Ifeanya stated that the forthcoming governorship election was one of the pivots for the retreat to enable the party to strategise as well as re-strategise because the party was aware that its antagonists were on standby looking for loopholes to capitalize on to clinch onto power.
He said that APGA must win the 2021 governorship elections and that the retreat offered a veritable platform for the party to fashion out roadmap towards the party’s conquest in 2021.
Former state treasurer of the party in Anambra, Hon.Tony Nwakile, who said that the party’s one-day parley centred on internal democracy and ideaology, noted that there was need for such gathering because it was imperative that APGA won the 2021 governorship poll.
Cognisant of the inevitable presence of other political parties in the state, Nwakile who currently functions as the state organising secretary of APGA, noted that irrespective of the fact that they also wielded considerable influence on the electorate, APGA remained the political party to beat in 2021.
Meanwhile, chairman of the local organising committee for the 2019 APGA State Retreat Chief Felix Obunadike noted that APGA was the only political party in Anambra while others were mere political appendages that exist only for selfish reasons.
Obunadike also said that APGA was the only viable option for the Igbo nation within and outside the country and there was need to rally round the party. He observed that clandestine political movements had begun in the state but boasted that in spite of the razzmatazz and hullabaloo associated with build up to the gubernatorial elections, APGA would win the governorship election convincingly in 2021.