Friday, January 21

APC primary: Why I insisted justice must be served – Moghalu

By: Awesome Ekene

Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr. George Moghalu on Sunday said he would have been a responsibility failure if he had not sought for justice over irregularities that characterised the primary election of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the recent governorship election in Anambra State.

He said despite the party’s poor performance at the poll, he was satisfied that the right thing was done after all.

Moghalu, a governorship candidate of the party had filled a petition in court, insisting there was no party primary, which the Federal high Court Abuja had ruled on his favour.

Addressing a press conference in his Nnewi country home, Moghalu said though he had wished his party won, he had never been desperate for power.

He stressed that what should preoccupy the minds of party members was rebuilding the party and winning back the confidence of the people.

He said, “Its not a must that I will be governor because power belongs to God and he gives to those he pleases. It may be it’s not God’s time for me to be governor. There’s no iota of desperation.

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“At the same time, I would have failed in my responsibility if I didn’t seek redress and accepted the fraud. The judgement agreed with me and confirmed my position there was no primary.

“What we did was not about an individual but about the system and stopping impunity as well as creating enabling environment for democracy to thrive. I insisted the party does what is right.

“For every sincere APC member that loves the party, what should concern us is how to rebuild our party, resolve our differences and address our challenges.

“We must win back the people’s confidence, rather than wasting our time struggling for leadership. You don’t elect or appoint a leader, it evolves from the people.

“It may not surprise you that the other day, someone said they’re going to sack me from the party. I’m not surprised. But the truth remains it’s an anomaly for a tenant to sack a landlord.

“I’m a critical stakeholder of the party. You may not like my face, but when APC was formed, I was a member secretary. I didn’t join APC, I was part of the formation.

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“So when someone who we were magnanimous to accommodate is boasting he wants to sack me, I laugh. I’m waiting for them.”

The NIWA boss thanked his party, supporters as well as those who believe in democracy for their support and encouragement throughout the trying period.

“I also thank Mr. President and other critical stakeholders who put one word of advice or the other because they know I was seeking for justice,” he added.

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