Stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southeast region have said that taking over Anambra State from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2021 should be their priority.
They have, therefore, resolved that the candidate of the party that should emerge during the party’s primary must be a personality that will sway electorates to vote for the party in Anambra State.
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State and the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, while speaking yesterday at the party’s stakeholder’s meeting in Owerri, said all hands must be on deck for this all-important assignment.
Uzodimma said the party would become stronger in the zone if APC produced the next governor in Anambra State, urging stakeholders to shelve their differences to uplift the party.
Uzodimma, while highlighting some of the grievances and issues inhibiting the growth of the party in the zone, stressed the need for the immediate commencement of a reconciliation process to strengthen the party.
He said: “The problem confronting APC in the Southeast is grievances and we must begin today to address it, this will help our party, we need to reconcile all aggrieved members, our party would be stronger and we also, urge all of you to help secure a victory in Anambra.”
On his part, Onu told the people of the region that APC needed strong presence in the zone, calling for the realisation of the aspiration by winning next year’s governorship election in Anambra State.
He said: “People of the southeast want APC. This is the reason why we must be united and be at peace with one another, we must be united to achieve our aims, we will make sure southeast controls Anambra.”
Nnamani informed the gathering that the APC membership revalidation/registration would soon commence at the unit level where members cast their votes, urging good mobilisation.
The former Senate President said the move would facilitate the desired outcome in the party, appealing to the people in the zone to register.
On his part, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, who was represented by Senator Anthony Agbo, said the meeting was attended by progressive members in the zone committed to the growth of the party in the Southeast.
Umahi promised to work with Governor Uzodimma to make the party stronger in the zone by drawing other governors to join the APC.
The meeting was also attended by Dr George Moghalu, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, Senators Osita Izunaso, Nkechi Nwogu, Andy Ubah, a former Minister of Education, Mrs Chinwe Obaji, a former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, and Tony Nwoye among others.