By Gabriel Chy Alonta
Leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra state have called for the support of the party at the national level to win the 2021 governorship election, come November this year.
Leaders and other party faithfuls spoke at a stakeholders meeting in Awka, the Anambra state capital, where they unanimously called for funding of the party to help it win the governorship election in the state.
Chairman of the party in the state, Hon Basil Ejidike, in an address, while calling for the support of its stakeholders and national leaders, also urged members to willingly donate their skills, resources, time and talent to making a difference in the affairs of this party for the greater interest of all.
“A high powered committee of committed elders has been set up to explore avenues of sustaining the party financially. There is no steady source of revenue for the daily activities and sustenance of the party.
“APC in Anambra must rise up to this challenge and work tirelessly to ensure that the state is liberated from the stranglehold of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)”, Ejidike said.
The state party chairman also identified lack of unity, mistrust amongst leaders and stakeholders; absence of reward system; absence of adequate visibility/mobility; absolute non recognition of the party in the affairs of government as well as non involvement of the party in any of the federal government social welfare programmes, as challenges affecting the performance of APC in Anambra state.
Hon Tony Nwoye, a governorship aspirant of the party, in a remark, called on the leader of the party in the state to reach out to the party at the national level for support if the election must be fully prosecuted.
“This is a special meeting where we need to tell ourselves the truth. Our leader, Dr Chris Ngige (Minister of Labour and Employment) must play the role of a leader. He has to reach out to the party at the national for us to get the resources to discharge the election creditably.
“Let us tell ourselves the truth, we had the least votes in Nigeria for the presidential election and we had no Senate, House of Representatives or House of Assembly candidate who won in 2019 election. If we must grow, we must eschew all the past acrimonies, and review our strategies on how we can win the forthcoming election”, he said.
Also, Paul Chukwuma the immediate past national auditor of the party and Emma Anosike, a former senator representing Anambra North zone, reiterated calls on Dr. Ngige to speak to the national leadership of the party for them to “water the ground well for the party to be able to function in the forthcoming election”.
Anosike said, “I have never seen a party that is in power at the national level, but when there is election here (Anambra), we are given money from back pocket to prosecute it, but when there is election in other states like Osun, they were given money from front pocket. If they do not want us to be a part of the election,they should tell us”.
Similarly, Hon. Chukwuma called for zoning and best means to wind down aspirants, which, according to him, would help to avoid difficulty in reconciliation of members especially after the primaries. He also said the party should conduct its registration and conventions reconciliation,
earlier convention and registration early enough.
Senator Andy Uba, a former governor of Anambra state, urged the gubernatorial aspirants to be open minded, saying that anyone who emerges victory in the primaries should be supported.
Responding, Dr. Ngige praised the members of the state working committee of the party for their efforts, while calling for patience from members of the party, asding, “even though the reward system in the party was slow, the leaders are working on resolving issues associated with funding.
“Our (APC) reward system is not commensurate with the efforts you are putting in. It is not only Anambra that is complaining. Some of us have been members of other ruling parties before and we know how things were shared, but APC is not the same, but I urge you to be patient.
“I have heard what the speakers said. My ears are here to listen and we have heard. The government of Buhari has a lot of things for the people. There is a new wave of opinion that things must change.
“We must all work hard to change things. You must also be a good follower. If you are not a good follower, you cannot be a good leader, so it is not only about the leaders of the party, but about the followers too. You have to be patient to reap your reward,” Ngige said.
The minister also urged the gubernatorial candidates to eschew abusing one another on the social media, remarking that social media is capable of instigating war between two countries.
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Chief George Moghalu; Chief Paul Izuchukwu Orajiaka; Dr Chidozie Nwankwo; Engr. Johnbosco Onunkwo; Senator Andy Uba and Col. Geol Onyejekwu, PhD, are amkng those seeking to flag the APC’s flag in the Anambra gubernatorial election, come November, 2021.
Earlier, the APC women leader in Anambra state, Hon. Callista Nwachukwu, urged the party’s hierarchies to give women more prominent roles within the party, stressing that it is women and youths, who win election for any political party.
Presentation of the Anambra APC’s work plan for 2021 formed the high point of the meeting.