The lingering crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has been resolved. This followed acceptance yesterday of the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the consensus gubernatorial candidate of the party. The governorship election is scheduled to hold on February 6, 2010 .
APGA has been embroiled in a leadership crisis which led to the factionalisation of the party. While one of the factions led by the former chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, is recognized by the INEC, Obi identifies himself with the second faction led by Chief Victor Umeh.
Source close to the INEC Chairman said, the Commission handed over the original copies of Forms CF001 and CF002B meant for the nomination of candidates for the 2010 Governorship election to Okorie, a move some interpreted as an attempt to exclude Obi from the race.
However, the Umeh-led faction held its congress on Wednesday at the Ekwueme Square in Awka after securing a court injunction which stopped Okorie who had also slated the congress of his faction the same day.
Obi was elected unanimously, garnering all the 1,115 valid votes cast in the primaries, and was handed the partyâ€™s flag by the APGA National Leader, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. But there were fears that INEC may not recognize him as the partyâ€™s candidate because his emergence was said to have breached the 2006 Electoral Act.
But in a surprise move last night, INEC recognized the embattled governor as the consensus candidate of the party, thereby laying the building blocks for a lasting