Sunday, 16 July 2017

Anambra APC sales guber form at N5.5 million

Following the publication of timetable for the November 18,2017 Anambra governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there are indications that the All Progressives Congress (APC)would hold its primary to select who among the party's 14 aspirants picks the ticket on or around Aug 12, 2017.
This indication was earlier given by the chairman of the party's South East Committee on the Anambra governorship election, Senator Jim Nwobodo -that APC had written to the INEC seeking to be allowed to hold her primary earliest ahead other political parties in the state.
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Therefore, taking a cue from the INEC schedule which indicated that primaries could commence from Aug 5,2017, APC was now set to release her own internal timetable including announcement for the availability for sale and purchase of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms.
The party has also set the cost of securing the Expression of Interest form at Five hundred thousand Naira, while the Nomination form was set at Five million Naira(N5million). 
This development has been confirmed by the party's favorite in the coming election, Chief George Moghalu. He disclosed his readiness to pick his forms within the week.
Besides touring the 326 electoral wards and the 21 council meeting with the respective executives who are the statutory delegates to the primary, the purchase, completion and return of the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms within the stipulated timeframe by each aspirant appeared to be one of the most important aspect of the gubernatorial process.
Records show that some of those currently running round the state as aspirants would fizzle out during the purchase of forms and or at the stage of return of the forms stage.
Again, some may purchase, complete and return the forms within the stipulated time, but may not turn up for the rest of the process like screening and the actual primary election.
Efforts to speak to the party state chairman, Mr Emeka Ibe yielded no positive result as his phone rang on end without response, and he did not return any of the several calls, all day long. Also the state Publicity Secretary Mr Okelo Madukaife did not respond or return his calls either.
Of the party's 14 aspirants, Chief G ogre Nnadubem Moghalu remains far ahead of all others according to wide opinion poll conducted by journalists in the state.
Moghalu was picked out of all aspirants across party lines in terms of merit, integrity, demeanor, administrative savvy, personal/official discipline, consistency, loyalty and reliability.
Because the issue of zoning was never formal in the state, but was described as a gimmick by the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) then under Mr Peter Obi to enable him foist his friend and business associate on the state to help cover his tracks. 
That's why the APC as well as even the APGA and all other political parties in the state have aspirants from all the senatorial zones of the state.
Apart from Mr Paul Chukwuma, Ralph Okeke, Chike Obidigbo and Tony Nwoye who come from the North zone, Moghalu, Bart Nwibe, Johnbosco Onunkwo, Andy Uba amongst others come from the South zone.
From Central zone were Donatus Okonkwo, and Charles Odedo, while unconfirmed muffled report within and outside the party has been agog with an impending declaration of interest by the old warhorse and the incumbent Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.
However, the Minister has not made any categorical statement on the matter, even as the date of primary fast draws near.



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