The All Progressives Congress, APC, has vowed to do everything humanly possible to produce the next governor of Anambra State during the November 18, 2017 election in the state.
Speaking during a meeting of South-East leaders of APC hosted by Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, at his Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, National Vice Chairman of the party in charge of South-East, Chief Emma Eneukwu, said the Anambra election was one in which the APC must show the nation that Igbo people were fully prepared to play the mainstream politics expected of them in the country.
To drive home its serious desire to take over the Anambra State Government House this year, the party set up a seven-member Anambra State governorship election planning and strategy committee, with former governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Jim Nwobodo as chairman, while former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, will serve as vice chairman.
Senator Emma Agboti from Enugu State will be secretary, while Senator Ifeanyi Ararume (Imo), Senator Nkechi Nwogu (Abia), Chief Maduba Cosmas (Imo) and Chief Gbazueagu.N. Gbazueagu (Enugu)are members.
Describing Anambra State as the South-East’s industrial and business hub, Eneukwu said every right-thinking Igbo person strongly believed that the state could not play the leading role required of it to open up the South-East economy from the opposition.
He regretted that notwithstanding the alliance the present administration in the state formed with the past Federal Government, Anambra State failed to actualise the needed economic revolution in the South-East geo-political zone because the alliance was flawed.
He said: “The time to take over Anambra is now. The Federal Government is our own. It is of APC; the minister (Ngige) is our own and so the governor, come this 2017 election, must be our own for the needed economic revolution to begin to free us economically and otherwise.”
“We must utilize this golden opportunity to salvage our zone and our people must be told of this imperative truth.”
Enenkwu said he had it on good authority that the incumbent government in the state was sponsoring some of its cronies to APC, claiming they were governorship aspirants under our party, adding that their sole aim was to create discord, distrust and disaffection within APC.
He said further: “We have set up a very powerful team to uncover this plan and checkmate their activities. Our members are therefore, warned to be careful of dubious characters claiming to be aspirants in the party.
“We have guidelines and until they are announced, and any interested member meets the requirements of the guidelines, one is not an aspirant.
“I heard one announced his aspiration over the social media, and some days ago, claimed he had joined forces with the incumbent governor. I want them to know that we understand their primary school tactics.”