No preferred candidate for Anambra guber poll, says APC
Ngige avoids stakeholders’ parley with aspirants
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted the rumours making the rounds that it has a preferred candidate for the forthcoming Anambra State governorship poll billed to hold in November this year.
The former Senate President and member of the APC’s Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mr. Ken Nnamani, said that the party at no time mooted such an idea.
Nnamani gave the assurance during an interactive session between key stakeholders and the party’s governorship aspirants for the Anambra State governorship poll held in Abuja.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who is believed to be angling for the governorship of the state, was conspicuously absent at the event organised by the Emeka Nwogbo-led APC Patriot Forum aimed at ensuring a free and fair conduct of the party’s governorship primary election.
Underlining the need to avoid the mistakes that led to the defeat of the party in the Zamfara and Adamawa governorship polls in the 2019 poll, he assured that he would leave no stone unturned to ensure a level playing field for all the governorship aspirants of the party during the primary election.
“If we can conduct a free and fair credible primary, we would have little or no excuse not to deliver Anambra State on election day,” he stressed.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was among chieftains of the party from across the 36 states of the federation that graced the occasion, also harped on the need for the party to ensure a free and fair primary.
Osinbajo, who recalled how APC chieftains closed ranks to ensure the defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 poll, urged the aspirants to join forces with whoever emerged victorious in the primaries to ensure the victory of the APC in the Anambra State governorship poll.
“One of things we have seen, tested and tried is for us to determine who would superintend the conduct of the primaries and how would the body be constituted?
“Who would those people be and I know that if Nnamani takes leadership here, we would get a free and fair process. We will make sure we do everything possible to have a level playing field and the best man wins,” he said.
Minister of State for Mines and Power, Mr. Uche Ogah, stressed the need for unity of purpose among the aspirants ahead of the governorship poll.
Among the nine aspirants who took turn to highlight their manifestos to the stakeholders were George Moghalu, Andy Una, Maxwell Okoye, Ben Etiaba (Jnr), Chidozie Nwankwo and Johnbosco Onunkwo.
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