2017 Anambra Guber: Enugu APC lauds Nwoye, running mate

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THE Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday lauded the confirmation of Honourable Tony Nwoye as the standard bearer of APC for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.

Also, congratulating Nwoye for choosing Honourable Dozie Ikedife (jnr) as his running mate, the Enugu APC described his choice as ‘master stroke’, which would give APC victory in the forthcoming poll.

It could be recalled that one of the ten aspirants defeated by Nwoye in the APC Anambra Governorship Primaries,  Senator Andy Emmanuel Uba, had petitioned the petitioned the Appeal Panel, alleging that the exercise was marred by fraud and widespread irregularities.

The Appeal Panel allegedly and unexpectedly recommended that Hon Nwoye be dropped, raising tension in the APC circle where many adjudged the Governor Shetima led gubernatorial primary as free, fair and transparent.

However, the APC National Working Committee (NWC), after painstaking consideration of the report of the Appeal Panel, on Monday vindicated pundits and upheld the election of Nwoye as the party’s governorship candidate for the forthcoming November 18, 2017, election.

Reacting, the Enugu State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mrs Kate Ofor, congratulated Nwoye for surmounting the “booby traps” put on his way by some elements allegedly working clandestinely for the incumbent governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willy Obiano, who view Hon Nwoye as his major contender.

Nwoye shares the same federal constituency and the catholic faith with governor Obiano in Anambra state where sectarian politics is rife.

Expressing the unflinching support of Enugu APC for Nwoye, Ofor described the confirmation of his ticket as a landmark and milestone for APC in its bid to win Anambra State from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

She said APC’s mission is to rescue Anambra State from Chief Obiano whose performance is better couched in propaganda, when you compare the over N70 billion he inherited from Peter Obi his predecessor, billions from federal allocations and humongous internal generated revenue. Obiano has not only performed below the expectation of Ndi Anambra in the past 8 years, but also has unduly consigned Ndi Anambra and by extension Ndigbo to the periphery in Nigerian politics.

“It is high time Ndigbo join the mainstream of Nigerian political stream and re-enact the ageless lessons of the great Zik, who thought us how best to engage in national politics. Zik had admonished us to always play in the premier league, not the minor league. We are tired of lamentation of marginalization in a country where Ndigbo towers high in the human development index and prosperity index.” Mrs Ofor said.

She assured that Hon Nwoye possesses the pro-people mentality, independent minded, vast experience and the youthful energy to lead the silent revolution to return Ndigbo to mainstream Nigerian politics via the forthcoming Anambra governorship polls.

Ofor called on Ndi Anambra to vote for Nwoye on November 18, saying that even the great Zik of Africa would be happy in his grave to see that the State regains its position as the ‘Light of the Nation’.

She said apart from the great Nnamdi Azikikwe, the first President of Nigeria, Anambra produced foremost nationalists like Mbazulike Amechi, Mokwugo Okoye, MCK Ajuluchukwu, Nwafor Orizu and hence, the state is too important to be left in the hands of the opposition.

Ofor said the NWC committee has reaffirmed APC’s belief in due process, which was earlier demonstrated in Lagos on 10 December, 2014, Anambra and other States through the conduct of free, fair and transparent primaries, devoid of rancour and bitterness. Free primary is APC Trademark.

She appealed to Senator Andy Uba and other unsuccessful aspirants to close ranks with the party and support Nwoye to ensure that APC emerges victorious in the Anamba Governorship election.

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