By the mere fact that Anambra State would not be holding a governorship election alongside other states of the federation this year, the state is supposed to be relatively quiet during the state assembly election that will on Saturday, but the above is not true.
Rancorous Primary and Aggrieved Members
The above is the reason APGA performed abysmally in the national assembly election, where not even one senatorial seat was won, while of the 11 federal constituencies in the state, APGA was only able to win four in elections that have already been declared, while the Peoples Democratic Party took the others.
Some members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, under the aegis of APGA Aggrieved Forum, recently called on the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano to sack the leadership of the party. The group which consisted of aspirants of the party in last year’s primary election said if Obiano failed to do so, the party will perform abysmally in the state assembly election which comes up on March 9.
Though reacting to this, Oye told DAILY POST that the aggrieved members were an insignificant few, who were merely seeking a way to cause division in the party. He said APGA has never been as strong as it is now, and that the party put up a strong fight in Saturday’s election, leading to the winning of 11 House of Representative seats across the country. “APGA is the third biggest political party in the country. We all know why last Saturday’s election went that way, and I can assure you that the House of Assembly election will be a totally different ball game,” Oye said.
Bitter Rivalry Between Obiano and Obi
It has been rumoured previously that the PDP intends to pay Obiano back in his own coin if the party is able to secure majority seat in the 30-man Anambra State House of Assembly. The plan as previously rumoured was to use the majority members to remove Obiano as governor of the state. Though no PDP chieftain, nor the PDP presidential running mate, Peter Obi has been linked to this, the governor is not taking the threat lightly.
Obiano’s Tactics to Sweep Assembly Seats
On Tuesday this week, Obiano assembled all the members of APGA in the state at Alex Ekwueme Square for a mega rally, where he charged them to ensure that each politician delivered their state constituencies to APGA and her candidates for the election. The governor made it clear that failing to do so may push the state back to the old days when PDP was in charge of the state, where public facilities were set ablaze as a result of political differences.
The governor had also reportedly doled out good sums of monies to coordinators of various constituencies to ensure that all their candidates were delivered. He publicly begged all, especially aggrieved members to sheath their swords and also work for the emergence of APGA state assembly candidates, claiming that doing so will ensure harmony in the state as it may be difficult to govern the state if its assembly is populated by people of opposition parties.
He said if the party did not enjoy majority in the lawmaking house, there were bound to be disturbances which would need to be settled with state resources and urged them to avoid such by casting their votes massively for APGA candidates. The governor urged them to replicate the support they gave him which made him win in all the 21 local governments of the state during the 2017 governorship election again by securing the 30 seats available in the House of Assembly for APGA.
“I have come to tell you the importance of the coming election, other speakers have told you what we are doing for you. I want to tell you that irrespective that your relation is in another party or you belong to any church, what we want is 30/30 and all has to be APGA, that is the only way we can continue to pay your salary as and when due. If you know you want to continue to get your alert(salaries) regularly, make sure you and your families vote for APGA candidates on Saturday, March 9. The importance is that if don’t return all APGA candidates there will not be political stability and resources meant for development of the state will be diverted to settling those scores,” he said.
As Saturday approaches, it will be seen if the people truly would heed to Obiano’s plea, or to the pleas of most social media commentators who have been charging the electorate to vote mixed parties in the house to end the docility and comfort of both the state governor and the assembly itself.dailypost
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