From Chuks Collins, Awka
It is not yet over for the troubled Anambra state council poll which
was held on Jan 4, 2014, as the leadership of the state’s ruling All
Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) party led by Chief Maxi Okwu has
indicated preparedness to cancel the entire process for a fresh
transparent and widely acceptable one soon.
Also, the party has sent out calls for the expression of Interest from
members of the party who are keen on contesting any office in the
forthcoming 2015 general elections in the country.
According to Okwu, all members, especially those who were aggrieved,
robbed ?and side-lined from their hitherto held nominations for the
Jan 4,2014 Anambra state Local Government election should not lose
hope as his executive would revisit the process, having been inundated
with deluge of complaints on the manipulations and daylight robbery
against party members and non-members on the council election..
These were disclosed by the national chairman at a stakeholders
meeting at Col Jeff Onyejegbu’s(rtd) countryhome, Ichi, Ekwusigo LGA
of Anambra state yesterday?on Sunday.
In his state of the union address to party faithful, Okwu said, “I
urge all those who were aggrieved and had their nominations forcefully
and unjustifiably taken away from them, please take things
cool as we are surely going to revisit the whole election…”
They listed some of the councils where the chairmanship candidates who
won the primaries were torpedoed and robbed by the party to include,
Ihiala, Oyi, Anaocha, Awka North. It was also revealed that some
council had non APGA members fielded, even for Councillors.
Okwu appealed to the stakeholders that henceforth the party will only
field popular candidates and would not be guided by riches as was the
case in the recent past.
He said the party stands for fairness and justice and would always
carry all members along as much as possible.
He noted that the stakeholders’ meeting, a platform he created to use
in briefing and disseminating information on the developments on the
party would be organized in other states and parts of the federation.