Tuesday, December 7

Obiano, Soludo’s defection to APC rumor childish – APGA

By: Awesome Ekene

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has described as childish and lie from the pit of hell alleged plan by the incumbent governor of Anambra State , Willie Obiano, and the Governor-elect of the state, Prof Chukwuma Soludo to dump their party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The National Co-ordinator of APGA Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe, who refuted the story on Monday at a press briefing in Awka, said Obiano had never promised anybody that both of them would join APC if Soludo won the election.

It was rumoured shortly after the November 6 governorship poll that Obiano and Soludo would dump APGA for APC as one of the conditions given to them by powers that be to allow a free and fair poll in the state.

Besides, Obiano had paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock following threat of declaration of state of emergency on the state by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, a meeting some said was where the matter was resolved.

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Obigwe said, “It’s important to say it boldly that the battle Governor Obiano fought on November 6th was a battle for the survival of APGA as the only igbo party in Nigeria. He fought that battle with all his heart and God gave him victory.

“There was never a time Governor Obiano promised anybody that if Soludo wins the election that both of them will join APC.

“Governor Obiano nurtured a good relationship with President Buhari administration for the betterment of ndi Anambra. The President respects the fact that Obiano is the leader of APGA and accords him that respect.

“President Buhari did not lobby him to join APC because he knows very well that Governor Obiano will not accept to abandon APGA, a party that has Igbo interest at heart and defect to APC.

“The only thing Governor Obiano did that worked in favour of APGA in the November 6th governorship election is that he extracted a free and fair election commitment from President Buhari.

“The President promised him that the election would be free and fair without interference from the Presidency.
President Buhari fulfilled the promise and the resultant effect is that the November 6th governorship election is now being applauded by Nigerians and international communities as the most free and fair election conducted by INEC in recent times.”

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“It’s a childish propaganda for anybody to say that Governor Obiano promised to join APC with Soludo.”

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