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2011 polls: PDP lawmakers may join APGA

UNLESS there is a last minute decision by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to overlook  the roles played by many members of the party in the last governorship election in Anambra State, there are indications that most of the lawmakers in the state House of Assembly may be seeking re-election next year on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) which won the February 6 governorship election in the state.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that in view of the closeness of some of the lawmakers to the governor, Mr. Peter Obi, they are already seen as agents of the state government in their constituencies which may translate to their getting APGA tickets for the 2011 elections.

All the 30 state lawmakers were elected on the platform of the PDP, but to the surprise of political watchers, they cooperated with the APGA -led government of  Obi, despite promptings on them to do otherwise by some chieftains of their party during the governor’s  first tenure.

Apart from the controversy that trailed the passage of the 2008 appropriation bill which required the intervention of the Anambra Elders Forum before it was finally passed, there has not been any significant rift between the executive and legislature in the state.

Throughout the period of the leadership crisis that engulfed PDP in the state, most of the lawmakers never identified with any of the feuding groups as they operated as if they were not members of the party. Eventually when the governorship election drew near, about 19 members of the House fully identified with the governorship aspiration of the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Dr. Andy Uba, while few others were doing underground work for the re-election of  Obi. Only about two were seen at the campaign headquarters of the PDP candidate, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, throughout the campaign period.

At every given opportunity, especially during the commissioning of Obi’s projects that have dotted many parts of Anambra State, the lawmakers showered praises on the governor, describing his performance as excellent, which made some people to wonder if they had become part of the ruling APGA government in the state.

Members of the House have also reopened the screening of the governor’s nominees for the constitution of the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC) which they earlier kept in view and this is believed to be in the spirit of the new understanding between the executive and legislative arms of government.

Soon after the election, the speaker, Chief Anayo Nebe,  led some members to the Governor’s Lodge to
congratulate Obi. This was followed by a press conference by another group of 16 lawmakers led by the deputy speaker, Mr. Afam Obi. And at the plenary on Thursday, the House unanimously passed a resolution congratulating the governor for what they described as a well deserved victory at the polls.

The motion to pass the resolution to congratulate Obi was sponsored by the member representing Ihiala 1 constituency, Mr. Simeon Ohajianya and 15 others.

One of the sponsors, Mr. Uche Umerie, said though his party, the PDP, lost the election, there is need to congratulate both the winner and the losers for their gallant performances.


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