By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – Still mourning its loss of the Anambra governorship election last year, the All Progressives Congress APC has inaugurated a four-member panel to conduct a forensic probe of the exercise with a view to enhancing its fortunes in future elections in the region.
Inaugurating the committee Monday in Abuja, National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said though APC is fairly confident of winning the 2019 general elections, the party cannot afford to allow the opposition to continue to control the critical states of the south-south and south-east.
“The South East and the South South would be crucial and critical for our victory in 2019, not from the point of view of numbers of votes because we are fairly confident, having gone through our initial planning that the APC would carry the day in 2019 but for us, it is critical that the South East and South South have contributed immensely to the survival of this nation and must be fully represented in what is going to be a truly national government of the APC in 2019.
“So, learn from the experience in this particular case of the South East of the result of the Anambra election, in which l must personally confess that l was disappointed in terms of votes that we got at that election. I expected a better result than that. It has become necessary therefore drawing from that at this early stage to examine why – the reasons why the votes that the APC scored were lower than we expected.
“So, today we are inaugurating a strategic committee and the mandate is for you, Chief Niyi Adebayo and your team to do a forensic examination of what could have gone wrong; why did we not do as well as we expected; what were the factors that contributed to our low score? We did better compared to 2015, no question about that but in all fairness, given the work we put in and given the reactions of the public and the rest of it there was no question at all that we ought to have done a lot better. So, the question today is why? It is important that we are using Anambra as a trigger.
The terms of reference was drafted and appropriately worded to give you the scope to look at the possibilities of, God forbid, a repetition of what happened in Anambra in other states in the South East. We want to start early; we want to strategize early; we want to plan early; we want to be confident that after we have done our field work and the reward from the field work is commensurate with the efforts that we have put in. I want to be partisan here, we want a situation where we will win handsomely in the South East.
“I mentioned the South south when l started; the circumstances are slightly different but we are going to have the same type of strategic team for the South south The issues are different, the environment is different, the circumstances are different but it is necessary also that we are bringing the South south into the national power framework that we expect to emerge in 2019. So, l want to thank you gentlemen for accepting this onerous assignment.”