Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC has inaugurated a forty-member campaign committee for the forthcoming November 18th governorship election in Anambra state, southern Nigeria.
While Inaugurating the committee at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, the party’s national chairman, Mr. John Oyegun Oyegun charged the members to work vigorously to deliver Anambra state to the APC.
“Each and everyone has something significant to contribute in our goal of winning the Anambra State governorship election from an incumbent. The state is very significant to us. For us, it is the gateway to the South East. It is important we do everything we can fair and square to bring Anambra State into the progressive fold for a lot of reasons” Oyegun said.
The Bauchi state governor, Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar who is also the chairman of the campaign committee, Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar, was optimistic that the APC would win in Anambra state.
“With the youthful disposition of the party’s candidate, and calibre of members which formed the committee, winning the forthcoming Anambra election is sure for the APC”.
On his part, the party’s candidate, Dr Tony Nwoye said if elected governor, he would give priority attention to the revival of agriculture in the state.
The committee included a former deputy national chairman of the opposition people’s democratic party,PDP, Dr Cairo Ojuogbo and the political adviser to the president, Mr Babafemi Ojudu
Meanwhile, just before the inauguration, the APC held a reconciliation and strategic meeting with some of the governorship aspirants who contested the August 26th primary election with the APC candidate Dr Tony Nwoye, alongside other stakeholders from the state including a former president of the Senate, Ken Nnamani.
The APC National Chairman explained that “We have an incumbent government in Anambra state. We have all been through a most exciting period of campaigning for the primaries. The primaries are over, we have by God’s divine mercy a candidate. But a tree does not make a forest. We are in politics and we recognise that each and everyone of those who aspired for the office of governor of Anambra State has a constituency.
So it is very important that we manage to hammer together not just a patchwork of peace, not a make believe kind of camaraderie, but a very serious unity of purpose between all those who aspired for that office, to act as a serious guarantee that we are indeed also serious in winning the Anambra governorship seat. That is why I have called you today and our Party’s elderstatesmen and leaders in the South East zone to act as guarantors of whatever we agree to do today.
“Until we manage to bring a few states into the mainstream of progressive politics, this continued cry of marginalisation, we may not see the end of it. So it is important, Anambra State being a critical state in the South East geo-political zone, it is most important that we work and work hard and work with unity of purpose to break through to the south east in a major way through Anambra State.”
Also Senator Ken Nnamani further stressed on why it was important for the party to work in unity to win Anambra state.
“Our national chairman has summarized the purpose of this meeting and he has touched on very critical issues pertaining to the aspirations of the Party to make very strong inroad into the South East. I totally agree with him especially on the issue of marginalization that you don’t stay under the rain when it is pouring heavily and start crying because nobody will observe. Unless you go into the ruling party and make meaningful contributions, you will then have moral standing to ask why don’t we have this or that?” Nnamani said.