- Delegates that participated in the primary elections were not imposed
From: IFEANYI Okonkwo
The Anambra State Deputy Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Anthony Omeligwe, has described the party as a movement which dose not attach any iota of fracas in its political exercises anywhere in the country.
The Deputy Chairman, APGA, Chief Omeligwe, who spoke during Journalist’s interview at the Corporate Headquarters of the party in the State described the primary elections conducted by the party on 24th May,2022 for the aspirants contesting the 2023 general elections under APGA in the State for the Anambra State House of Assembly as very peaceful.
Chief Omeligwe, who noted that the people were trooping into the State Headquarters of the party in Awka to submit the results of the elections emanating form various constituencies in the State without molestation or fracas, stressed that it is hardly when one could knew that the primary elections were on- going in various places in the State because of the very peaceful environment surrounding the conduct of the elections.
He emphasized that the primary elections were conducted in an atmosphere devoid of noise, fighting and molestation, pointing out that the delegates that participated in the elections were expected by the leaderships of the party in the State to vote for their best aspirants during the elections as the flag bearers of the party for the 2023 general elections in the State.
According to him, the lists of the delegates that participated in the primary elections were not imposed on the people by the party hierarchy as they were duly elected by the people of their constituents to cast their votes for the aspirants of their choice who would contest with other aspirants from other parties as their candidates in the 2023 general elections in the state.
The Deputy Chairman, who observed that the elections witness some little skirmishes in few areas, though very peaceful, stated that the party would not immediately accept the results from the troubled areas, adding that the party hierarchy had before now constituted an Electoral Committee that would look into the case(s) of the problem areas and submit its findings to the leaderships of the party for immediate action.
Chief Omeligwe, however, debunked the rumour making round the State that APGA is a zonal party, described it as a National party with its Headquarters located in Abuja, reiterating that if the Party is zonal that everything that concerned the party would remain in the State and not in Abuja.
On the Leaderships tussles between the National Chairman of the Party, Chief Dr. Victor Ike Oye and One Chief Chidozie Njoku, chief Omeligwe, said that APGA has no case to answer because according to him, Chief Njoku has never conducted any election of any manner in the State, wondering how he could become the National Chairman of the party over night.
He defined the act demonstrated by Chief Njoku and his cohorts at the Supreme Court, Abuja, as fraud (419), saying that the Chief Njoku’s act was aimed at deceiving the people, especially now the 2023 general elections were around the corner and further described Chief Njoku as a deceit who he said that had wooed the people of light brain to buy forms from him.
Chief Omeligwe, who spoke further, stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not recognise Chief Njoku as the National Chairman of APGA in the Country but Chief Dr. Victor Ike Oye, whom he said that was duly recognized by INEC and had conducted series of elections in the State and elsewhere including the on- going primary elections in the State in preparation for the 2023 general elections .
The APGA Deputy Chairman, who spoke among other things, described the lingering insecurity in Nigeria today as endemic, warning the people to be careful and stop keeping night lives for their safety.