Raymond Ozoji, Awka
National leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano has exonerated himself from the primary elections of the party on the condition that all aspirants on the platform of APGA should go to the field and test their popularity because there would be no special nor anointed candidates.
The governor’s position on the party’s forthcoming primary elections was made known through some chieftains of APGA at the party’s secretariat Awka while speaking to journalists on the party’s level of preparedness for the 2019 general elections on Monday.
The state treasurer of the party Hon. Tony Chukwuemeka Nwakile said the state governor has no hand in the party’s primary elections and moreover, APGA has a procedure for conducting primary elections emphasizing that it was not the responsibility of the governor to conduct primaries for the aspirants.
Nwakile however posited that the constitution allowed every individual to vote and be voted for; that the party does not intend to contravene that portion of the constitution. He stressed that internal democracy works in APGA and that it was the duty of the party to be unbiased as whoever the voters elect automatically becomes the candidate of the people.
A member of the state working committee of APGA in Anambra state and former council chairman of Orumba-south local government area, Owelle Godson Obi, was of the opinion that a number of variables might be considered for the primaries but according to him, all the aspirants would be involved in the entire process to avoid what he termed nepotistic tendencies.
The former council chairman maintained that it was not out of place for the state governor, who is the national leader of the party, to be abreast of developments in the party, stressing that the governor, the national working committee as well as the state working committee of APGA have unanimously taken a firm decision not to interfere with the conduct of the primary elections.
Obi however opined that any attempt to hijack or anoint candidates would bring what he described as bad blood into the party.
The state youth leader of APGA in Anambra Hon. Peter Ozumba was of the opinion that not all the aspirants were truly serious about contesting in the 2019 general elections.
He said some were real contenders while others were mere pretenders looking for settlements and compensations, adding that APGA primaries would be free and fair in all ramifications.
Ozumba further noted that there would be no special candidates as the party has vowed to remain neutral while the state governor has made his position clear that equity demands that all the aspirants on the platform of the party should be given equal attention and no preferential treatment.