ByÂ Â Dennis Agbo
AWKAâ€”The Anambra State faction of the All Peoples Progressive Alliance, APGA, under theÂ Chief Chekwas Okorie leadership, yesterday, entered into an alliance with the Action Congress, AC and its governorship candidate, Dr. Chris Ngige, to enable him (Ngige) win this Saturdayâ€™s governorship election.
In a statement by Chief Ben Onyeka and Mr C.C. Okeke, Anambra State chairman and secretary respectively, the APGA leadership which describes itself as the â€˜authentic APGAâ€™, said that the state executive committee of the party took the decision after a meeting at the State Secretariat yesterday, where it reviewed the forthcoming governorship election, and determined the way forward to guide its members on how to vote during the election.
The statement which described Dr. Ngige as the most attractive candidate with people-oriented policies and programmes consistent with the yearnings of Anambra people for good governance,Â urged â€œall genuine APGA members and supporters to troop to the polling stations on Saturday to vote for Dr. Ngige of AC for the Governor of Anambra State.â€
Advancing reasons for their actions, Chief Onyeka described the candidature of Governor Peter Obi as unlawful, irregular and invalid as it was not signed by the APGAâ€™s national chairman recognised by INEC, adding that Mr Obiâ€™s current membership card is not authentic, but â€œfake.â€
Chief Onyeka added that INEC denied the authentic APGA the opportunity of fielding a governorship candidate as the issue of substitution of Mr. Peter Obi as its candidate is a subject of litigation before the court, explaining that the national leadership of APGA in a letter by its National Secretary, Mr Bello Umar had requested that INEC substitute Mr.Â Obi and his running mate with Mr George Ozodinobi and Mr Okey Umeano, but the electoral body refused to comply.