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Anambra government debunks rumour of Obiano’s defection from APGA


Willie Obiano

•Party’s ex-chairman, Agbaso joins APC
Anambra State government has debunked reports in the social media that the governor, Willie Obiano, has defected from All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Commissioner for information & Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba, said in a statement that those who have been spreading the rumour are agents of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).

While noting that the government has no reason to leave APGA to join another party, the government said the rumour comes on account of Obiano’s tremendous popularity and effective leadership.

This, the statement added, is the reason various political forces in Nigeria have devised all kinds of methods to obtain the support of the governor to enhance their chances of winning the 2019 general elections.

Adinuba restated that far from contemplating defecting to any party, Obiano remains both the National Leader of APGA and the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BOT).

He further revealed that the governor has in the last few weeks been campaigning vigorously for APGA’s candidates in the forthcoming general polls, including General John Gbor, the party’s presidential candidate.

“The Anambra State government wishes to state for the umpteenth time that the reports which have been trending on the social media are completely false.

“Obiano has been consistent in telling the immensely huge crowds of supporters wherever he has visited to vote for only APGA candidates. He has never asked Anambra people to vote APGA candidates in some elections and candidates of some other party or parties in another election,” he said.

The statement stressed Obiano’s policy of constructive engagement, as opposed to confrontation in his relationship with people, groups and institutions.

“This policy means that much as there are differences in political perspective with those who belong to parties other than his own APGA, whether at the local or national level, we must maintain a friendly disposition to all,” the statement added.

The commissioner said the governor is satisfied with the great trust which both Ndi Anambra and APGA members repose in him, adding that he would continue to use APGA as a vehicle for tremendous mobilisation and service to God and humanity.

Meanwhile, former National Chairman of APGA, Martins Agbaso, has joined the APC.

At the defection, which took place at the APC Presidential Rally in Owerri Agbaso told The Guardian that the decision was informed by the fact that APGA is dead, due to the actions of some party leaders in Anambra State.

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