Anambra governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has told members of the Anambra House of Assembly from the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) to brace up to face the delegates of the party in a primary election as the party would not hand them automatic tickets.
The call was made as a result of recent rumours that the governor had promised all the lawmakers in the party automatic tickets as compensation for their efforts to ensure his reelection in November last year. Obiano who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Social Media, Mr Ifeanyi Aniagoh said the governor who he described as a democrat would not condescend to hand picking candidates for APGA.
In a press release, Aniagoh said the governor never made such remarks, while also urging lawmakers in the state who wished to recontest for their position to be ready to face the delegates of the party. Part of the release read, “The publication that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has promised return tickets for Honourable Members of Anambra State House of Assembly in appreciation of their support for his relection is a fake, malicious and false propaganda aimed at confusing the unsuspecting public. “It is on record that Governor Obiano is a highly democratic leader whose love for due process has made Anambra State one of the most transparent States in Nigeria.
“Under his present leadership as the National Leader and Chairman, Board of Trustees, APGA has strengthened to the extent of winning elections in Bayelsa, Abia, Imo and Taraba States as well as clinching a Chairmanship Seat within the Federal Capital Territory.
“To maintain this rapid development all House Members wishing to go for another term and other aspirants shall present themselves for primary election by the people in accordance with the provisions of APGA Constitution.” He urged the public to disregard such publication and its propagators, as APGA was not ready yo indulge in such dictatorship that has been the bane of other political parties in the country.
By Joe Chukindi