Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Deputy state chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra state Hon.Tony Omeligwe Elee has said that APGA does not impose candidates on the people.
He made reference to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he said that imposition of candidates and all forms of electoral manipulations were the order of the day.
Omeligwe, who described APC and PDP as birds of the same feather, noted that both parties had no root in Anambra state and that the electorate had come to embrace the doctrines of the All Progressive Grand Alliance which according to him was the remote reason the party had more membership in the state and gaining grounds in other states.
The APGA chieftain maintained that the party’s internal democracy abhorred imposition and foisting of candidates on people without allowing them the liberty to determine their choice candidates adding that the APGA does grassroots politics to notify the people of their aspirants and the need for their mandate and collective support even as he posited that the PDP and APC believed in godfatherism.
Omeligwe however explained that APGA was a movement and that every good political party enjoyed the influx of new entrants into it as it helped to strengthen the party.
Although he expressed the ability of the party to conduct credible primary elections for the aspirants, he also pointed out that every political party has constitution and guidelines which it follows religiously in deciding and determining criteria for contesting elections on the platform of the party.
The deputy chairman therefore admonished aspirants on the platform of APGA to go down to the grassroots and the hinterlands to convince the people on why they should bestow their mandate and confidence on them even as he said that those intending to contest 2019 general elections on the platform of APGA should endeavour to possess the requisite credentials and requirements as there will be no sacred cows especially when the party guideline is concerned.
He reiterated the fact that the duration of membership might be a precondition to contest the 2019 elections on the platform of the APGA, stressing that the party guideline would play a critical and pivotal role in deciding who gets what this election season.