Sequel to my earlier report of how the house of assembly speaker, Rt. Hon. Princess Chinwe Nwebili led other house of assembly members to hoodwink the governor Chief Willie Obiano to grant them automatic APGA party tickets to guarantee their return to the legislative house come February 2015 even when most of them are so unpopular and unelectable in their various constituencies. It is a well known fact that the governor on Sunday gave out three delegate forms to the house members to fill in the names of their persons as automatic delegates to the election so as to silence the impeachment threats on him.
However trouble started when the forms collected by the greedy honourable members was rejected on the basis that they were not endorsed by the local government chairmen and party chairmen at local government level, as such all the forms accepted for the congress passed through the endorsement of party LGA chairmen. This infuriated the house members who promised to pull down the party if their candidacy is not upheld by the party either by hook or crook.
Events unfolding in the ranks and file of the party showed acts of malpractices and hijacking of party delegate forms by some warlords in the party with plans to stop party faithfuls from participating in the congress so as to serve their interest in ensuring their favored candidates fly the party flag in the general election. For instance at Awka South, Chief Austin Ndigwe alias Uzu-Awka, made away with all the delegate forms and threatened fire and brimstone on the party national chairman Chief Sir Victor Umeh who he assured will never achieve his senatorial ambition as far as he (Uzu-Awka) is alive. Even the incumbent house of representatives member, Hon. Emeka Nwogbo does not know the whereabout of the delegate forms, a clear indication that he has been outwitted and may not clinch the party ticket for his return mission. In the same vain at Awka north, Igwe Kenneth Okonkwo the traditional ruler of Amansea hijacked the whole delegate forms for Awka north in a bid to deliver his preferred aspirants which reliable information has it that they may have paid him mouth watering sums of money with promise to grant them party nomination.
Meanwhile the Anambra State governor Chief Willie Obiano in his wisdom has cancelled the entire process, the scheduled delegate congress has been annulled. As of the time of filling in this report, the governor is out of the state, the governor at the moment is at Eagle Square Abuja for the presidential declaration of President GEJ for second tenure in office.
These developments spells doom for APGA and will affect the fortunes of the party in the general elections which will not be in the best interest of our great party and our governor. Let due process be followed in conducting the party primaries, let us show there is a difference between our party and other political parties whose primaries is usually marred by irregularities. Anything short of this will escalate into internal rancor and anti-party activities by those who maybe unlawfully deprived of their right and mandate. I enjoin our great party stakeholders to intervene and ensure the right thing is done.
APGA bu nke anyi ninee….APGA is our heritage and we all must work to keep the legacy of our great leader, Dim Chukwuemenka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
— By EMEKA A., AWKA.
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