â€¦Tasks INEC on free and fair polls
By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA – Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State yesterday picked All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship nomination form to seek re-election in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State slated for February 6, 2010.
Governor Obi who arrived exactly 5. 29 pm at the Chief Victor Umeh led APGA National Secretariat located at 41B, Libreville Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja, where he picked the nominal form declared that he is confident that he will stand for the election on APGA platform.
He however warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure it respect the rule of law in the conduct of the Anambra State governorship polls, adding, what Nigeria needed is free and fair elections in Anambra Stateâ€.
Obi who was issued a receipt after duly meeting the partyâ€™s requirements by the partyâ€™s National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, told journalists shortly after the ceremony that, â€œyou know I am always confident in anything I get involve in. All we are asking in Nigeria is conduct free and fair election in Anambra State.
Such requirements presented by Mr. Obi include payment of bank draft of N4.5 million as cost of the nomination form, his APGA membership card, and letter of introduction from his Agulu Ward Chairman as well as 3 years preceding Tax Clearance Certificate.
On whether he was not afraid of the destabilization plot by PDP and INEC within the party, he said, â€œthe Chairman has said it. We believe in the rule of law. We believe that that will be sorted out with time, because we are on the right side of the law. That is what is importantâ€.
On the legal tussle over leadership issue, Obi noted that, â€œthe legal issues have been resolved because the law have said. The judicial process was not slow; otherwise I wont be a governor today.
The process brought me and has been sustaining me and I believe that so far, if we follow the rule of law, which we all swore to uphold and respect in the country, the leadership of APGA is not in questionâ€.