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How APC will take over Anambra Govt House in 2021 – Moghalu

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The national auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr George Muoghalu, is confident that his party will take over the governorship of Anambra state in 2022 following a peace deal brokered by vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo during a roundtable talk in Awka last weekend. Muoghalu, in this exclusive interview with Mokwugwo Solomon, sheds more light on the matters thrashed out during the roundtable talk, APC’s next game plan for the governorship election coming up 2021 in Anambra, among other salient issues.

Anambra APC held a roundtable discussion in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on July 26; what’s your appraisal of the discussion?
It was a roundtable discussion by critical stakeholders of the party in Anambra state aimed at rebuilding and refocusing our party for optimal performance. Basically, it was a family meeting, where we looked inwards, looked at our party and how we could improve our fortune.

Considering the mindset of citizens in this part of the country, how would your party sell the idea of an APC governor to Anambra voters?
It is not about mindset; we have already understood the mindset of the people. It is all about the party making effort to put our platform at the right stand so that we can contest and win elections. The truth is that we are going into the election based on performance. We are going to take the report card of the performance of the APC federal government and put it on the table.We are confident of producing a good candidate for party members and the Anambra electorate.We are re-organising and rebuilding, putting the right people at the right places, and getting things right.

What strategies do you have for this 2021 task, Sir?
We cannot discuss our strategy in the media. I know also that even the state chairman of our party or any member of the state executive committee will not discuss our strategy with anybody now. When campaign starts, we will present our manifesto.

How would you assess your second-place showing in the 2017 governorship election in Anambra state?
The truth is that APC lost the election, period. Losing the election was part of the reasons we organised the roundtable talk in order to look inwards and prepare for the next election. We cannot dwell on the past, talking about 2017 whereas we’re in 2019, looking forward to 2021.

What would be your party’s response to members’ complaint about their non-inclusion at the grassroots in the N-Power programme?
The truth is that the vice president gave adequate explanation of how the N-Power programme works. Whenever the portal is open, any qualified Anambra person will apply. We are not being partisan here as to say, this is for APC, PDP or APGA. That is not the way it works. However, there are areas through which we also support and encourage our party members. This is because, being a member of a party, there are benefits you will be expected to enjoy. Our members are getting such benefits that are due to them. The plans we have for our party members are not about the individual. For example, if federal roads in Anambra state are done, using them will not be restricted to any political party or individual.
The same goes for the Second Niger Bridge, Trader Moni and N-Power. All these are APC programmes and projects that are beneficial to both APC members and non-party members. There are, however, also specific programmes of the party that are meant for our party members. But there are also specific programmes of the party for our members; certainly, those will get to them. What we are doing now is to look inwards to know areas where mistakes were made in the past, so that we can correct them. The important thing is that we want to present to Anambra people a credible and formidable party platform with a good candidate that will be able to deliver results in 2021.

APC leadership in Anambra admitted having division within itself. How would such division be handled ahead of 2021?
As far as I am concerned, there is no division among leaders of APC in Anambra state. Principles may differ, but that is life. You must shift ground, while dealing with human beings so that everybody will be accommodated. So, I believe that what we need to do is to expand our consultations and make it more regular, because, if you do not know what I am thinking, you may live on assumptions and make mistakes. So, we need to relate more and talk more to ourselves. I am confident that our leaders in Anambra are desirous of a strong and formidable platform that will help us win the next election in Anambra.

What benefits would an Anambra APC governor bring to the people?
Having APC governor in Anambra will come with a lot of benefits. One, it will enable Anambra people to implement APC manifesto. Again, it will help Anambra state to get direct connection to the centre.

How would you look at President Buhari’s appointments as regards the kitchen cabinet and the security architecture?
President Buhari has the exclusive right to appoint somebody he trusts as chief of staff; somebody whose capability he can guarantee. Check most appointments made by governors across the country; they appoint people who are as determined as they.
On the appointment of security chiefs, Mr. President had tried to explain this. There are positions which cannot go by fiat appointment. In any case, I am not in position to say what informed Mr. President’s appointment of those he appointed, because, he is the chief security officer. Information available to Mr. President may not be available to me. He has his reasons for doing what he did; but the truth still remains that in the security apparatus, people are mostly appointed based on their seniority. That is my thinking. But the truth is that I do not have enough information as to be able to talk about security appointments.

As APC chieftain, what is your view about the concept of RUGA as proposed by the federal government?
I do not understand why we are looking for something where there is none. Government came up with the proposal and later withdrew it; so, we must allow government to review the programme and come up with something better. If government comes up with a policy and later decides to withdraw it, probably, it may be for government to revisit and review it. It may be for government to look at it for the second time. It may be for a lot of reasons, which I don’t know, because, such information is not available to me.

What advice do you have for APC and non-APC members in Anambra state on 2021 governorship election?
God gives power to whoever he wants at his own time. I pray that God, in His infinite mercy, may give APC the opportunity to administer this Anambra state; to enable it implement its manifesto in the state. So, my appeal to our people and our party is to remain steadfast, to work hard and to make the people know what the federal government is doing with regard to keeping the promises made; to make Anambra people know that the Second Niger Bridge, which used to be story, has become practical reality. To let Anambra people see that the Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, which past governments could not do, is being done by this government. To let Anambra people see that the Enugu/Port Harcourt Road that previous governments could not do is being addressed by the APC government. To let our people understand that the Trader Moni, which our people are getting today in Anambra is APC federal government initiative. Let us help our people know that the issue of N-Power is also APC federal government initiative and that the APC federal government is addressing all the federal roads in Anambra state and when they look at all these, they should support APC in the 2021 governorship election.

How APC will take over Anambra Govt House in 2021 – Moghalu

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Anambra state, with the vice president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, held a roundtable talk in Awka, Anambra state, on Friday, July 29, on how the party would strategise to capture the Agu-Awka Government House in 2021 governorship election, among other issues.

Chief (Dr.) Kingsley Moghalu, the National Auditor of the APC, in this interview with MOKWUGWO SOLOMON, gives cursory assessment of the roundtable talk, preparation of the party ahead of the 2021 governorship election in Anambra, among other salient issues. Excerpts.

Last Friday, leadership of the APC in Anambra held a roundtable discussion in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; how would you summarise what you discussed?

It was a roundtable discussion by critical stakeholders of the party in Anambra, which aims at rebuilding and refocusing our party for optimal performance. Basically, it was a family meeting, where we look inwards, look at our party and how we can improve our fortune.

Considering the mindset of citizens in this part of the country, how would your party, the APC, sell the idea of having an APC governor in Anambra come 2021?

It is not about mindset; we have already understood the mindset of the people. It is all about the party making effort to put our platform at the right stand, so that we could contest and win elections. The truth is that we are going into the election on the point of view of performance. We are going to take the report card of the performance of the APC federal government and put it on the table; and we are confident that we are going to provide or produce a good candidate, who will be presented to party members and the people of Anambra state. The truth about it is that as a party, we are re-organising and rebuilding, and we are putting the right people at the right places and getting things right.

What strategies are you putting in place to achieve your 2021 goal in Anambra?

We cannot discuss our strategy in the media. We cannot tell the world now how we are rebuilding or how we are strategising. I know also that even the state chairman of our party or any member of the state executive committee will not discuss our strategy with anybody now. When campaign starts, we will present our manifesto.

Looking back to November 17, 2017 governorship election in Anambra where APC came second behind APGA, despite the APC controlling the federal government; how would you apportion the blames?

No, it is not about apportioning blames. The truth is that APC lost the election, period. Losing the election was part of the reasons we organised the roundtable talk in order to look inwards and prepare for the next election. We cannot dwell on the past, talking about 2017 whereas we’re in 2019, looking forward to 2021.

One of the major complaints made by members of your party during the roundtable talk was non inclusion of members at the grassroots on the federal government’s N-Power programme and other things. How would your party turn the table and restore the confidence of your teeming members?

It is not issue of restoring confidence. The truth is that the vice president gave adequate explanation concerning the N-Power programme vis-a-vis how the programme works. Whenever the portal is open, any qualified Anambra person will apply. We are not being partisan here as to say, this is for APC, PDP or APGA. That is not the way it works. However, there are areas through which we also support and encourage our party members. This is because, being member of a party, there are benefits you will be expected to enjoy; and those benefits that are due for our members are getting them. The plans we have for our party members are not about self. For example, if federal roads in Anambra state are completely done, using them will not restrict to any political party or individual. When the second Niger Bridge is completed, its use will not be restricted to any person or political platform. The same applies to Trader Moni and N-Power. All these are APC programmes and projects that are beneficial to both APC members and non party members. But there are also specific programmes of the party that are meant for our party members; certainly, those ones will get to them. Even those that have not benefitted will certainly get their fair share. What we are doing now is to look inwards to know areas where mistakes were made in the past, so that we can correct them. The important thing is that we want to present to Anambra people a credible and formidable party platform with a good candidate that will be able to deliver results in 2021.

APC leadership in Anambra admitted having division within itself. How would such division be handled ahead of 2021?

As far as I am concerned, there is no division among leaders of APC in Anambra state. The truth is that my principle might differ from that of any other leader of APC in Anambra. But for us to work as team, we must come to a common understanding; and that is life. You must shift ground, while dealing with human beings so that everybody will be accommodated. So, I believe that what we need to do is to expand our consultations, and make it more regular, because, if you do not know what I am thinking, you may live on assumptions and make mistakes. So, we need to relate more and talk more to ourselves and be able to address our challenges. I am confident that our leaders in Anambra are desirous of having a strong and formidable platform that will help us win the next election in Anambra; and I am confident that we are going to win.

What benefits would producing APC governor in Anambra have to the people?

Having APC governor in Anambra will come with a lot of benefits. One, it will enable Anambra people to implement APC manifesto. Again, it will help Anambra state to get direct connection to the center.

How would you look at President Buhari’s appointments as regards the kitchen cabinet and the security architecture?

President Buhari has the exclusive right to appoint somebody he trusts as Chief of Staff. He has to appoint somebody he trusts; somebody whose capacity he can guarantee. Check most appointments made by governors across the country; who among them did not appoint his very closest person as Chief of Staff? One has to appoint somebody he shares the same vision with; somebody, who is as determined as you are.

On the appointment of security chiefs, Mr. President had tried to explain this. There are positions which cannot go by fiat appointment. In any case, I am not in position to say what informed Mr. President’s appointment of those he appointed, because, he is the chief security officer. Information available to Mr. President may not be available to me. He has his reasons for doing what he did; but the truth still remains that in the security apparatus, people are mostly appointed based on their seniority. That is my thinking. But the truth is that I do not have enough information as to be able to talk about security appointments.

As APC chieftain, what is your view about the concept of RUGA as proposed by the federal government?

I do not understand why we are looking for something where there is none. Government came up with the proposal and later withdrew it; so, we must allow government to review the programme and come up with something better. If government come up with a policy and later decides to withdraw it, probably, it may be for government to revisit and review it. It may be for government to look at it for the second time. It may be for a lot of reasons, which I don’t know, because, such information are not available to me.

What advice do you have for APC members in Anambra state and the generality of Anambra people as regards 2021 governorship election?

God gives power to whoever he wants at his own time. I pray that God, in His infinite mercy, may give APC the opportunity to administer this Anambra state; to enable it implement its manifesto in the state. So, my appeal to our people and our party is to remain steadfast, to work hard and to make the people know what the federal government is doing with regards to keeping the promises made; to make Anambra people know that the second Niger Bridge, which used to be story, has become practical reality. To let Anambra people see that the Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, which past governments could not do, is being done by this government. To let Anambra people see that the Enugu/Porthacourt Road that previous governments could not do is being addressed by the APC government. To let our people understand that the Trader Moni, which our people are getting today in Anambra is APC federal government initiative. Let us let our people know that the issue of N-Power is also APC federal government initiative; and that the APC federal government is addressing all the federal roads in Anambra state; and when they look at all these, they should reciprocate by supporting the government of the day; and by supporting APC in the 2021 governorship election in Anambra, so that the government of APC in Anambra will work in synergy with the government at the center to deliver dividend of democracy to our people.

How APC will take over Anambra Govt House in 2021 – Moghalu

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Anambra state, with the vice president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, held a roundtable talk in Awka, Anambra state, on Friday, July 29, on how the party would strategise to capture the Agu-Awka Government House in 2021 governorship election, among other issues.

Chief (Dr.) Kingsley Moghalu, the National Auditor of the APC, in this interview with MOKWUGWO SOLOMON, gives cursory assessment of the roundtable talk, preparation of the party ahead of the 2021 governorship election in Anambra, among other salient issues. Excerpts.

Last Friday, leadership of the APC in Anambra held a roundtable discussion in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; how would you summarise what you discussed?

It was a roundtable discussion by critical stakeholders of the party in Anambra, which aims at rebuilding and refocusing our party for optimal performance. Basically, it was a family meeting, where we look inwards, look at our party and how we can improve our fortune.

Considering the mindset of citizens in this part of the country, how would your party, the APC, sell the idea of having an APC governor in Anambra come 2021?

It is not about mindset; we have already understood the mindset of the people. It is all about the party making effort to put our platform at the right stand, so that we could contest and win elections. The truth is that we are going into the election on the point of view of performance. We are going to take the report card of the performance of the APC federal government and put it on the table; and we are confident that we are going to provide or produce a good candidate, who will be presented to party members and the people of Anambra state. The truth about it is that as a party, we are re-organising and rebuilding, and we are putting the right people at the right places and getting things right.

What strategies are you putting in place to achieve your 2021 goal in Anambra?

We cannot discuss our strategy in the media. We cannot tell the world now how we are rebuilding or how we are strategising. I know also that even the state chairman of our party or any member of the state executive committee will not discuss our strategy with anybody now. When campaign starts, we will present our manifesto.

Looking back to November 17, 2017 governorship election in Anambra where APC came second behind APGA, despite the APC controlling the federal government; how would you apportion the blames?

No, it is not about apportioning blames. The truth is that APC lost the election, period. Losing the election was part of the reasons we organised the roundtable talk in order to look inwards and prepare for the next election. We cannot dwell on the past, talking about 2017 whereas we’re in 2019, looking forward to 2021.

One of the major complaints made by members of your party during the roundtable talk was non inclusion of members at the grassroots on the federal government’s N-Power programme and other things. How would your party turn the table and restore the confidence of your teeming members?

It is not issue of restoring confidence. The truth is that the vice president gave adequate explanation concerning the N-Power programme vis-a-vis how the programme works. Whenever the portal is open, any qualified Anambra person will apply. We are not being partisan here as to say, this is for APC, PDP or APGA. That is not the way it works. However, there are areas through which we also support and encourage our party members. This is because, being member of a party, there are benefits you will be expected to enjoy; and those benefits that are due for our members are getting them. The plans we have for our party members are not about self. For example, if federal roads in Anambra state are completely done, using them will not restrict to any political party or individual. When the second Niger Bridge is completed, its use will not be restricted to any person or political platform. The same applies to Trader Moni and N-Power. All these are APC programmes and projects that are beneficial to both APC members and non party members. But there are also specific programmes of the party that are meant for our party members; certainly, those ones will get to them. Even those that have not benefitted will certainly get their fair share. What we are doing now is to look inwards to know areas where mistakes were made in the past, so that we can correct them. The important thing is that we want to present to Anambra people a credible and formidable party platform with a good candidate that will be able to deliver results in 2021.

APC leadership in Anambra admitted having division within itself. How would such division be handled ahead of 2021?

As far as I am concerned, there is no division among leaders of APC in Anambra state. The truth is that my principle might differ from that of any other leader of APC in Anambra. But for us to work as team, we must come to a common understanding; and that is life. You must shift ground, while dealing with human beings so that everybody will be accommodated. So, I believe that what we need to do is to expand our consultations, and make it more regular, because, if you do not know what I am thinking, you may live on assumptions and make mistakes. So, we need to relate more and talk more to ourselves and be able to address our challenges. I am confident that our leaders in Anambra are desirous of having a strong and formidable platform that will help us win the next election in Anambra; and I am confident that we are going to win.

What benefits would producing APC governor in Anambra have to the people?

Having APC governor in Anambra will come with a lot of benefits. One, it will enable Anambra people to implement APC manifesto. Again, it will help Anambra state to get direct connection to the center.

How would you look at President Buhari’s appointments as regards the kitchen cabinet and the security architecture?

President Buhari has the exclusive right to appoint somebody he trusts as Chief of Staff. He has to appoint somebody he trusts; somebody whose capacity he can guarantee. Check most appointments made by governors across the country; who among them did not appoint his very closest person as Chief of Staff? One has to appoint somebody he shares the same vision with; somebody, who is as determined as you are.

On the appointment of security chiefs, Mr. President had tried to explain this. There are positions which cannot go by fiat appointment. In any case, I am not in position to say what informed Mr. President’s appointment of those he appointed, because, he is the chief security officer. Information available to Mr. President may not be available to me. He has his reasons for doing what he did; but the truth still remains that in the security apparatus, people are mostly appointed based on their seniority. That is my thinking. But the truth is that I do not have enough information as to be able to talk about security appointments.

As APC chieftain, what is your view about the concept of RUGA as proposed by the federal government?

I do not understand why we are looking for something where there is none. Government came up with the proposal and later withdrew it; so, we must allow government to review the programme and come up with something better. If government come up with a policy and later decides to withdraw it, probably, it may be for government to revisit and review it. It may be for government to look at it for the second time. It may be for a lot of reasons, which I don’t know, because, such information are not available to me.

What advice do you have for APC members in Anambra state and the generality of Anambra people as regards 2021 governorship election?

God gives power to whoever he wants at his own time. I pray that God, in His infinite mercy, may give APC the opportunity to administer this Anambra state; to enable it implement its manifesto in the state. So, my appeal to our people and our party is to remain steadfast, to work hard and to make the people know what the federal government is doing with regards to keeping the promises made; to make Anambra people know that the second Niger Bridge, which used to be story, has become practical reality. To let Anambra people see that the Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, which past governments could not do, is being done by this government. To let Anambra people see that the Enugu/Porthacourt Road that previous governments could not do is being addressed by the APC government. To let our people understand that the Trader Moni, which our people are getting today in Anambra is APC federal government initiative. Let us let our people know that the issue of N-Power is also APC federal government initiative; and that the APC federal government is addressing all the federal roads in Anambra state; and when they look at all these, they should reciprocate by supporting the government of the day; and by supporting APC in the 2021 governorship election in Anambra, so that the government of APC in Anambra will work in synergy with the government at the center to deliver dividend of democracy to our people.

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