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Politics Anambra 2013: Angry Former APGA Gubernatorial Aspirants Threatens Showdown

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) in Anambra in separate interviews with the News Agency o f Nigeria (NAN) have urged the party to reconcile with its aggrieved members in order to win the Nov. 16 governorship election in the state.

According to them, APGA needs to reconcile the aspirants with the party's candidate to chart the way forward for the party.

On Aug.26, Willie Obiano became the APGA governorship candidate for the upcoming elections after he won the primaries in Awka.

One of the aspirants, Chief Paul Odenigbo, had issues with the emergence of Obiano. He said the party’s primaries were not transparent and were manipulated.

“Party primaries is a duty of the party but the government hijacked it. How do we reconcile that the man who emerged winner of that election was before then relatively unknown but he went ahead to score 817 votes out 1,072? How come people voted whom they did not know?

“The party leadership must call us, admit that something went wrong and apologise to us, so that APGA can make progress. If not the party may fail. We wish it does not get to the point when we display our anger”, he said.

According to Mr Emma Nweke, another aspirant “Some of us APGA aspirants are not happy; we met and came up with a resolution that the government and the party leadership within a reasonable time to see the reason to call the aggrieved aspirants about how we can be persuaded to forgive.

“This will go a long way in ensuring victory for the party and if this not done soon, we shall meet again to take a collective decision regarding the upcoming elections and we have communicated our position to them”, he said.

Reacting to these comments, the Anambra chairman of APGA, Chief Mike Kwentoh, denied Odenigbo’s claim that the party’s primary was not transparent, adding that no complaint on its conduct was received.

He also appealed to the aggrieved members of the party to remain in APGA, assuring that the party is ready to talk with them.
 

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