Anambra Guber: APGA Now Has Two Candidates as Maxi Okwu’s Faction Picks Obidigbo as Flag-Bearer
The quest to govern Anambra state after the tenure of Governor Peter Obi in 2014 has aroused several interests. Why the Peoples Democratic Party in the state is still at logger heads over who is the authentic candidate of the party for the November 16 governorship election, after two different factions of the party in conducted two parallel congress to pick their candidates, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) have also been caught in the web of producing two candidates for the same election.
The Victor Umeh led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had on August 26 picked Chief Willie Obiano as the party’s flagbearer, but the Maxi Okwu-led faction of the party on Monday in Awka also chose Dr Chike Obidigbo as its candidate for the forthcoming Anambra governorship election, thus bringing the flagbearers to two
Obidigbo was picked at a special congress of the faction, which was attended by no fewer than 450 delegates and where he was the sole aspirant in the race.
Speaking at Monday’s congress, Chief Chris Eze, Chairman of the faction’s Screening Committee, said the party had come out with “a most qualified and well-known candidate’’.
He said Obidigbo was returned unopposed with a score of 450 votes, and Okwu later handed the party’s flag to him.
Commending the delegates for their large turnout, Okwu expressed the confidence that the flagbearer would win the governorship election on Nov. 16 in the state.
“Obidigbo will take over the mantle from Gov. Peter Obi. It is my honour to present the flag to you to fly it high,’’ he said.
In his reaction, Obidigbo said APGA was one indivisible political party.
He however commended Gov. Peter Obi for “the good job he had done to lift the state to enviable heights’’.
The flagbearer urged the party faithful from various parts of the state to work harder to deliver the state to the party during the election.
“I will not disappoint you if you vote for me during the gubernatorial election on Nov. 16 to take over from Obi in 2014,’’ Obidigbo assured.(NAN)
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