…Nwobodo, Kalu to chair committee
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, 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.
Oyegun, 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 APC boss 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 effort.
“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 nomination.
“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.