Wednesday, 5 November 2014

APGA State Secretariat Awash as members pick Expression of Interest form for Senate, Reps, State Assembly

Image result for pictures of APGA members in uniformAs the 2015 general election draws nearer, Awka, the Anambra State Secretariat of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), has been awash with the influx of timbres and calibers of the party loyal members from all works of life and discipline who came to purchase nomination and expression of interest forms to contest for National and State Assembly polls.
New Telegraph recalled that the state, last year conducted its governorship election which produced Chief Willie Obiano whose tenure would expectedly terminate on March 2018 if not reelected.
As a result, Anambra is among the states where governorship poll will not be conducted in Nigeria next year. Following this development, almost the major actors in Anambra state political terrain are currently agitating for the seats of Senate, Federal House of Representatives and state’s House of Assembly via APGA, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressive Congress (APC) and Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA); the four major political parties that rocked horn during its November 16th 2013 gubernatorial election.
For instance, the former gubernatorial candidates of PPA, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo is gunning for Anambra South senatorial designate under his party; while his counterpart, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige goes for Anambra Central through APC; even as Senator Annie Okonkwo, Hon. Uche Ekwunife and Hon. Igwebuike Hygers, both former governorship aspirants, are respectively battling for Anambra central senatorial ticket of PDP, and Orumba North and South Federal House of Representative via APGA.   
The state lawmaking chamber, New Telegraph learnt, accommodates 30 legislators drawn from its 21 council areas; about 10 federal constituencies for Federal Reps; and 3 senatorial zones comprising Anambra North, South and Central.   
But on senatorial race, some of the APGA’s bigwigs who had obtained and submitted their expression of interest and nomination forms were Chief Victor Umeh, the party’s outgoing National Chairman and sole candidate of the party for Anambra Central Senatorial Zone; Senator Alphonsus Obigbeke for Anambra North zone, Chief Okey Ude (Anambra south designate); and others.
While APGA Aspirants for Federal House of Representatives include Chief Godson Ezenagu, the state erstwhile Commissioner for Agriculture and Chief Uche Onilofor contending for Awka North and South constituency; the Son of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Chief Emeka Ojukwu (Jnr) canvassing for Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo federal constituency; Mrs.  Edith Mike-Ejezie for Anambra East and West constituency; Hon. Afam Ogene, the current member representing Ogbaru Federal constituency at National Assembly, and the Speaker of Anambra state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mrs. Chinwe Nwaebili slog it out for Ogbaru federal house of representative; Dr. Edozie Aroh, former Commissioner for Youths and Sports got that of Idemili North and South federal constituency; Arch. Martins Nwabineri bought forms for Ihiala federal constituency, among other persons.
On the state legislative arm, almost all the state legislators had bought and submitted expression of interest and nomination forms to return to the hallow chamber for second time. Among them are the House Majority Leader, Hon. Harford Ikechukwu Oseke, member representing Awka South II ; Hon Barr. Rita Maduagwu representing Nnewi South II; Hon. Ikemfuna Uzoezie member representing Aguata 2; Hon Beverly Nkemdiche Ikpeazu of Onitsha South 2; Hon Ify Onyebumuo-Izundu (Njikoka 2); Hon. Benson Nwawulu of Ogbaru 1; Hon. Paulinus Onyeka, Ekwusigo; Hon. Romanus Ugochukwu, Orumba-North constituency; Hon. Gabriel Onyenwife (Ayamelum); Hon. Victor Jideofor Okoye of Anambra West; Hon. Ebele Ejiofor of Anaocha 1; and Hon. Kingsley Iruba, Nnewi South1.
New entrants who also got APGA nominations and expression of interest forms for Anambra State House of Assembly race were Chief Mike Nkwocha, Former Chief Whip of the Anambra State House of Assembly; Hon. Barr. Uchenna Okonkwo – Okom; Barr. Onyemaobi Ochiagha Chuks; Mrs Njideka Oraedum, the former managing Director of Anambra Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA) canvassing for Anaocha constituency 1, and others so numerous to mention.
Speaking to newsmen, shortly after purchasing his form, Chief Emeka Ojukwu (Jnr.) who is currently the Sole-Administrator of Nnewi North Council Area said he was going to the federal House to bring about quality Representation which according to him, had eluded the people of Nnewi North and Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency, even as he vowed to super head making of legislations (laws) that would promote the Interest of the Youths.
Also speaking, Nkwocha, a legal practitioner said he was vying for the Anaocha, Dunukofia and Njikoka Federal Constituency to give the people “effective and people-oriented representation.”
Nkwocha, who is currently the President-General of Enugwu-Ukwu community of Anambra, promised that if elected he would galvanise other political parties into joining APGA.
“As a grassroots man and experienced politician, it is important that I contest to ensure victory for our national chairman, Chief Victor Umeh who is contesting the Anambra Central Senatorial seat. If Umeh loses, it will be a disgrace to APGA because he is the face of the party. We have a dynamic and performing Governor who needs people who can assist in advancing his good works at Abuja and that person is me,” he said.
He however said legislations on erosion, road construction and rehabilitation as well as provision of water and jobs for youths would be his priority if nominated as candidate and subsequently elected.
To Chief Godson Ezenagu, Aspirant for Awka-North and South, his is capable man for the job so as to address the myriads of needs of the poorly represented constituency.
While Dr Edozie Aroh, Aspirant for Idemili North and South federal constituency, posited that he would work towards the creation of more federal constituencies in his area if elected, because according to him, the constituency which had two out of the three most populated local governments areas in Anambra and contributed about 20 percent of votes was under represented at the federal level.
 “Our people have lacked a lot in the past 16 years, we have not enjoyed quality representation and there were occasions where we do not know who our representatives were, because they are not close to the constituent. I am going to the federal House to let Nigerians know that a constituency which contributes over 20 percent of votes in a state need to be properly delineated.
We need additional council so that the people could have more access to the government, one of my target projects is to take this up at the National Assembly so that they will look at our plight,” he said.
On her part, Mrs. Edith Mike-Ejezie, who contends for Anambra East and West federal constituency in the National Assembly, pledged to revamp the economy of the oil rich constituent by attracting the attention it deserved from the federal government.
Similarly, Rt. Hon. Nwaebili, Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly and contestant for Ogbaru Federal House of Representative, explained that she is the most qualified aspirant for the federal house of representative owing to her antecedents and the quality representations she has accorded her constituency and the entire state during her two terms in the state lawmaking job.
The Speaker, who also disclosed that there are lots of gaps that needed to be filled once she emerge victorious, averred that her leadership in the state Assembly has entrenched peace between the executive and legislative arms, even as she has attracted numerous social amenities, empowerments and other things to her constituency.
However, Hon. Afam Ogene, the incumbent member representing Ogbaru Federal House of Representative, affirmed that his performance would endear him with the party’s ticket for second time with a view to enabling him finish his ongoing projects and vision for the constituency.
All the APGA Aspirants interviewed were hopeful that the outcome of the party’s primary would be free, fair and favourable to them, as political Observers look forward to see how they could outsmart themselves to pick APGA tickets and possibly win their counterparts in PDP, APC and especially the current lawmakers representing various constituencies at the national and state assemblies.



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