By Enyim Enyim
Onitshaâ€” Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state and the factional national chairman of the All Progressive Peoples Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh may have resolvedÂ to join the Peopleâ€™s Mandate Party on a merger agreement following the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) decision to hand over the original forms for governorship aspirants for the 2010 election to Chief Checkwas Okorie faction of APGA.
Investigations by Vanguard revealed that the leader of the party, Chief Arthur Nwankwo, weekend played hostÂ to the emissaries sent to him in Enugu by UmehÂ to work out a mutual consensusÂ and understanding before it could be made public.
The chairman of INEC, ProfÂ Maurice Iwu,Â had last weekÂ issued the original forms CF001 and CF002B to Okorieâ€™s faction of APGA, closing the door forÂ Umehâ€™s faction.
Already, this development, Vanguard learnt, has led to a face-off between Alhaji Shinkafi and Okorie, while the court proceedings filed by Umeh last week, may be frustrated at the courts due to time limitation.
It will be recalled that 14 other political parties, including Labour Party recentlyÂ approached Obi for candidature, but it was gathered that he insisted on running on an Igbo party with a credible structure on ground, which wouldl beÂ acceptable to Anambra people, in order to challenge the strong Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) network on ground.