AS THINGS STAND, THERE ARE TWO FACTIONS OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES GRAND ALLIANCE (APGA), THE EDOZIE NJOKU FACTION AND THAT OF VICTOR OYE.
Knowing which faction enjoys the backing of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could make the difference in the coming poll. It is also the basis for schemes and counter schemes.
The APGA national chairman, Chief Edozie Njoku, alluded to the new scheme of things, when he reacted to the attack on former Governor of Central Bank, Professor Charles Soludo, revealing that the party plans to go into the November 6, Anambra guber poll as a united family.
While noting that violence has never characterized the party’s politics, the national chairman disclosed that the party plans to hold “an enlarged stakeholders’ meeting to remove every trace of internal wrangling within the party.”
Njoku told The Guardian that immediately after he was briefed about the ugly incident at Isuofia, he cut short his stay in Abuja and started reaching out to the party’s leaders in Anambra State.
He stated that Soludo, like many other APGA faithful, has indicated his interest to contest for the governorship in the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial poll on the party platform.
His words: “We shall convene a meeting to address all internal party wrangling and squabbles. We must go into the coming Anambra election as one united, indivisible and impregnable family.
“However, it is pertinent to state unequivocally; that acts of violence of this nature are strange to the ideological foundation of APGA. They are unnatural and a total deviation from the ideals that we propagate as a party and a people. It is alien to APGA.”
Cloudy Nomination Process
ALTHOUGH Prof. Soludo has informed his people of his desire to contest the governorship poll, others like members representing Aguata Federal Constituency, Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, and former Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, have also announced their ambition to succeed Governor Willie Obiano as the next APGA governor in the state.