By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA – THE resignation of the son of the Anambra State Deputy Governor, Mr. Emeka Etiaba from the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State at the week end in Awka has cleared the coast for the incumbent Governor, Mr. Peter Obi for the partyâ€™s ticket for the 2010 governorship election in the state.
Etiaba had, in surprise move early this year, declared that he would contest for the ticket of APGA for the election, even when his mother is still serving in the government controlled by the party.
Since then, the party had been polarized with some members, who had axe to grind with the present government, shifting their loyalty to Etiaba.
Before the weekendâ€™s development, many political watchers had believed that Etiaba was actually not interested in the race in the first place, but was out to ensure that the incumbent Governorâ€™s ambition for a second term was scuttled.
Since he announced his intention to vie for the office, he had consistently attacked Obiâ€™s polices. Obiâ€™s relationship with his mother, the Deputy Governor, could not be said to be cordial since Obi returned from an impeachment during which the Etiabas held sway at the Government House.
Apparently sensing his mission in APGA, the national chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, had consistently and openly stated that as a result of Obiâ€™s performance, the party would give him an automatic ticket because there was no need to change a performing administration, a decision that did not go down well with the Etiaba camp.
In his letter to the national chairman of APGA, Umeh, dated August 31, 2009, which he made public at his campaign office at the weekend, Etiaba said that he was leaving the party as a result of perceived high-handedness, intimidation, and expression of malice against his person and supporters, as well as lack of internal democracy within the party.