The All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, launched ‘‘Operation win Anambra State,’’ appointing former governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Jim Nwobodo and former Abia State governor, Dr. Uzor Kalu as committee chairman and vice chairman respectively.
The chairman, who expressed the party’s determination to win the forthcoming
Anambra State governorship election, said it would be the true test of
the APC-led government’s bid to mainstream the South East in the power
equation of the country.
The party leader made the disclosures when he received the APC South East
Zonal Committee for the Anambra 2017 governorship election at the APC
National Secretariat in Abuja.
Odigie-Oyegun said: “It is clear that the quality of the committee
underscores the importance the party holds the Anambra governorship
election and the importance we hold return of the South East to the
mainstream of Nigerian politics.
“At national level, it is a matter of prime concern. We are very keen to
return the nation to the balance it used to have, a balanced
federation. And it is most important for that purpose, that the
South-South and South East must participate.
“We must try to achieve a semblance of equality and full participation
by all geo-political groups in the power equation of this country. We
are joining you in making Anambra a test case’’.
He added: “Fortunately, we have had quite a number of good opinion
leaders joining the movement and we now have the critical mass with
which to project this great effort. We are fully with you in this
“Certainly, by next month, the party leadership will set up a national
campaign committee for Anambra State. We are determined to work, not to
manipulate to win the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.”
Speaking earlier, Chairman, of the committee, Dr. Nwobodo, said the
Anambra governorship election is important for APC as a national party,
adding that everything legally possible must be done to win the state.
“Anambra is an important state in the South East, economically and politically.
“It is a state where very prominent and wealthy Igbo come from, some of
whom are aspiring to contest for the forthcoming governorship election.
There may be attempts to influence the primaries with money and buy
“But, this committee has resolved that the most popular choice of the
people of Anambra State will emerge, irrespective of how deep his pocket
may be, through a transparent primary. This is because imposing an
unpopular candidate is a recipe for failure and bad governance.
“Beyond the primaries, APC government should do something to convince
the people of Anambra State and indeed the South East, to vote for an
APC governorship candidate and that they are still part of the
government of the day.”
The committee members, aside from Nwobodo and Kalu, who were presented
by APC National Vice Chairman (South East), Emma Eneukwu, include,
Senator Emma Azu Agboti (Secretary), Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, Senator
Nkechi Nwogu, Chief Cosmas Maduba and Chief Gbazuagu Gbazuagu.