Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has assured aspirants who picked the party’s nomination forms for the Anambra State governorship election that the party will conduct a free, fair primary and ensure a level playing field for all of them.
He said this when he met with the party’s 12 aspirants for an interactive session at the APC national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said, “I decided that I should meet with you and know you more formally; have an interactive session with you; because we do hear a lot of things and we hope that if there are any gaps or anything you want us to do which we haven’t done, this will be the opportunity to put this down, to vocalise them and we will see what we can do.
“What is important is that I want you to be happy, I want you to be satisfied that we are going to have a truly free, fair primary and a very level playing field. That is the main purpose of this meeting.”
Speaking earlier, the APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, had expressed confidence that the party would win the Anambra State governorship election.
He used the occasion to reel out the party’s election timetable.
“Mr. Chairman, the aspirants are on the field moving round the entire state, canvassing votes not only for the primary but for the main election. They have been able to sensitise the state and I am sure that at the end of the day, God being on our side, we will win that election,” he said.
On the party’s election timetable, the APC National Organising Secretary said that screening of aspirants would be between Thursday and Friday, while the screening appeal would sit between Monday and Tuesday next week.
He also said that the primary would hold on Saturday, June 19 while those dissatisfied with its outcome would face the appeal committee the following Monday .
The 12 aspirants who are fighting for the party’s sole ticket are Chukwuma Paul, Madu Nonso, Moghalu George, Nwibe Bart, Nwike Patrick and Nwoye Tony.
Others are Obidigbo Chike, Okonwko D, Onunkwo Johnbosco, Andy Ubah, Uchegbu Adoabi and Uzoh Obinna.
Also, at a separate event, Izunaso inaugurated a seven-member screening committee for the party’s aspirants vying for the Anambra governorship seat. The committee is chaired by the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Agboola Ajayi.
Other members are, Dattuwa Ali Kumo; Mr. Awele Nwoko, Vice Admiral Ibrahim(retd.), Senator Usman Wowo, Mr. Halims Agoda and Alhaji Ba’aba Umar.
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