By Vincent Ujumadu
AS the August date for the governorship primaries of All Progressives Congress, APC, draws near, the expected step down by some of the aspirants considered to be cronies of the more serious ones had begun in the party, with a former member of House of Representatives, Chief Ralph Okeke dropping his ambition to support Senator Andy Uba.
Fourteen members of APC have so far indicated their intention to participate in the party’s governorship primaries, although it is obvious that only very few of them are serious in the race.
Because of the large number of aspirants, the leadership of APC and its committee for the Anambra election headed by Senator Jim Nwobodo, had consistently been calling on the aspirants to decide among themselves those to support so as to eliminate the problem of managing an unwieldy number during the primaries.
Okeke, who was also the running mate to Senator Chris Ngige in the 2013 Anambra governorship election, said he decided to quit the race to support Senator Uba having discovered that the two-term senator was better than him in all political considerations.
Declaring his quit on Saturday at a rally at Uga, Aguata local governmenit area, Okeke said he would join forces with Uba to capture the state for the APC in the November poll. Eulogizing the senator representing Anambra South, Okeke said: “With his pedigree in politics, only Senator Andy Uba has the required experience and grassroots support to defeat the incumbent governor and other people in the race for the November 18 poll. With my level in politics and experience so far, I have understood that we all need to make sacrifices for the good of our party.
“Having watched the political terrain, I have decided to stop my campaign to become the APC candidate because I have seen the most qualified candidate in the race in every definition of it. Senator Uba has the pedigree and capacity to win this election for the APC in Anambra State. “This is a man who possesses enormous goodwill, a gentleman to the core, a man who keeps his word.
“No aspirant on the platform of the APC has the contacts, the structure and the required resources to battle the incumbent governor who we all know has the financial capacity for the elections.”