The only thing I can tell ndị APGA, sorry UPGA in Eselu’s voice is that they are definitely in a wild goose chase. With the experience of APC in Zamfara and various experiences of the PDP, it was expected that a party that claims to be serious for a gubernatorial contest would have followed the procedures of a Primary in line with the Electoral Act. No serious party allows a single loophole that can relegate it from the political scene to be sustained.
Believe it or not, APGA is in for series of litigations that will definitely force the party out of the Anambra State Governorship contest. The disqualification bazaar embarked upon by the Victor Oye’s faction of the party to make way for Obiano’s unpopular “anointed candidate” is indeed an own goal. Yes, Soludo is unpopular because any aspirant that CANNOT win a free and fair Primary is an unpopular politician and such person CAN NEVER win a general election.
You cannot forcefully deny popular aspirants their rights to contest and hope to win a popular election with a candidate imposed on the party members by a group of greedy people. Such an undemocratic move will only end up breaking the party into factions thereby resulting to a divided house that will result to cross carpeting, factional primaries, and series of confusing court rulings that can deny the party a space on the ballot paper.
INEC has even started issuing early warnings to the party and in its latest statement, the commission maintained that APGA will not participate in the 2021 Anambra State Governorship Election due to its non compliance to the provisions of Section 85 of the Electoral Act.
However, it seems that the arrogance of the governor and members of his cabal are making the Oye’s faction to overlook those critical warnings or they may be deliberately committing the blunders to rest APGA in pieces in order for the governor to find a convincing excuse to dump the party they claim was formed to protect the name and values of late Ikemba Nnewi.
Ndị be anyị sịrị na ọnwụ ga-egbu nwa nkịta anaghị ekwe ya anụụ ísì nsị.
Good bye APGA!
By November 6, a new Anambra shall be declared.
Chukwuemerie Uduchukwu is a political analyst.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.