July 6, 2021

CONTROVERSIAL PRIMARY: Let’s salvage Anambra APC’s image, group tells party stakeholders

APC holds two congresses in Abia

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By Vincent Ujumadu

FOLLOWING the disagreement trailing the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the November 6 Anambra election, the party’s media group, yesterday waded into the crisis with a call on the party’s stakeholders to join hands to salvage the image of APC in the state.

The group, APC Media Frontier, comprising of professionals in the media industry, as well as APC faithful with immense grassroots reach, said they stepped into the matter at this critical period to ensure that Anambra becomes an APC state after the November 6 governorship election.

Coordinator of APC Media Frontier, Mr. Ikemba Iyke –Oliobi, who spoke at a media briefing in Awka, argued that since the primaries had come and gone, all the stakeholders should join hands and support the candidate of the party, Senator Andy Uba to ensure victory.

Iyke –Oliobi said: “On June 26th, 2021, the All Progressives Congress held its governorship primary to elect the party’s flag bearer for the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.

“The direct primary mode was chosen by the National Working Committee of the party, with option A4 method of voting and party members trooped out across the 326 electoral Wards in Anambra State and primary election was conducted and a candidate, Senator Andy Uba emerged the winner as declared by the chairman of the primary election committee, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State with 230,201 votes.

“However, the outcome of the primary election didn’t go down well with few of the party’s governorship aspirants and supporters, who cited irregularities and non-voting in some places.

“The controversy has since raged on, unabatedly – a development which is now threatening the life and chances of APC in the November 6th governorship election, if urgent steps are not taken by all stakeholders.

“We, members of the APC Media Frontier, note that this is an unusual time in Anambra State, with every major political party having internal issues with the process and outcome of their governorship primary elections.

“We are therefore mindful of the fact that in order to stand a chance of winning the governorship election, the APC must manage the fallouts of the party’s primary election with care, maturity and humility.