By Vincent Ujumadu
PETITIONS by some of the aspirants that fell by the way side during the primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, appear to be slowing down political activities in the two parties.
Senator Andy Uba, who lost to Dr. Tony Nwoye in APC, was believed not to have agreed to work for the candidate of the party and some of his supporters appear not to be happy about it.
In fact, some of the party supporters told Vanguard that they were surprised that Uba, who received maximum support from Nwoye when he contested for governorship and won in 2007, would turn around to be making things difficult for the person who has continued to call the Senator ‘my boss’.
“The best thing for Senator Uba to do is to collapse his structure into Nwoye’s to ensure that APC wins the November election. We are waiting for him (the senator) to direct us to start working for Tony, otherwise we will take the decision on our own and that would mean the end of our political support for him in future,” a staunch member of Senator Uba said.
In the PDP, those who lost to Mr. Oseloka Obaze have refused to sheathe their sword, even as the party candidate has continued to make efforts to placate them. For instance, an attempt by the Enugu State governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to mediate in the Anambra governorship primary was rebuffed by most of the aspirants who lost as none of them honoured a meeting he called in Enugu.
A source in the party wondered why the defeated aspirants were proving tough, thereby making the ongoing reconciliation in the party difficult. The source said: “These aspirants agreed to meet with our candidate in Enugu at the instance of Governor Ugwuanyi, only for most of them to be giving excuses when Obaze was already at the venue of the meeting.
“This is the first time PDP did not witness parallel primary and we were all happy, only for those who lost to be making things difficult. We stand a good chance of winning this election, but we might not achieve the desired result if we continue with the way we are going about the election.”