By Clifford Ndujihe
SENATOR Uche Ekwunife, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following the nullification of her election by the Court of Appeal and refusal of the PDP to organize fresh primaries to produce a candidate, has said that she does not want to be dashed the APC ticket. In an interview with journalists in Awka, she said she wants the APC hierarchy to organize a primary for all the aspirants interested in the seat and she will support whoever wins the ticket if she did not get it.
Ekwunife, who said she is a victim of circumstances because the Appeal Court agreed that she beat Chief Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) but quashed her election based on invalid nomination by the PDP, said she would defeat Umeh again, if nominated by the APC.
On her chances in APC, Ekwunife, who boasted she has a formidable structure to realize her ambition, said her chances are bright. ‘’I went through the APC manifesto and constitution. Once you are a member, you have same rights and privileges as old members. The only difference is that you are not an executive member. Remember, in Benue, Governor Ortom ran the primary in PDP. He was running for the Senate in PDP. When it became impossible, he defected to the APC, got the ticket, ran the election and won. What should be paramount for any political party is the capacity and capability of a candidate to deliver. I am very hopeful and certain of winning. Irrespective of our political affiliations and religious background, we are not foreigners. Anambra Central voters know us and our antecedents. I am very confident that I will win the seat back.”