Monday, 21 August 2017

Marble Arch denies been booked by Agbaso as Hygers wins APGA primary

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu 

The Martin Agbaso led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has elected Dr. Igwebuike Ifeanyichukwu Hygers as its standard flag-bearer for Anambra 2017 gubernatorial election.

Igwebuike pooled a total of 1, 547 votes to emerge victorious at the party’s primary held at Ezilo Central School field in Orumba South council area of the state after policemen sealed off Marble Arc Hotel, the venue the faction allegedly booked for the exercise earlier.

Hygers, who in 2013 Anambra gubernatorial primary contested for the governorship poll under APC before decamping to APGA same year, was also APGA candidate for Orumba north and Orumba South Federal Constituency during the 2015 general election. learnt that the APGA faction which adopted the option A4 system of voting was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as APGA delegates from the national secretariat in Abuja led by the National Vice Chairman of the party (South East zone), Prince Stanley Ukaga.

Speaking after the exercise, the National Vice Chairman of the party, Prince Ukaga, who also functioned as the chairman of primary committee, described the primary as peaceful primary, and called on the party supporters to work together and retain the Anambra Government House for APGA.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Igwebuike thanked the APGA faithful for the trust reposed on him and promised to take the party to the next level as well as to run an all-inclusive government if elected.

Dr. Igwebuike, who is the National President of the Catholic Charismatic Movement, described the primary conducted by the Victor Oye faction as unconstitutional and an illegality.

“With me, Anambra will have a good taste of true democratic governance. The primary election conducted by the Victor Oye group on 15th August which produced Chief Willie Obiano as governorship candidate of this party is illegal and unconstitutional. The exercise should not be taken serious because Victor Oye did not have the backing of the law as national chairman as at 15th August when the primaries was held”, he added.

The Agbaso faction, it would be recalled, reportedly secured stay of execution order from Supreme Court, Abuja after Oye faction succeeded in striking out the order of mandamus the group earlier obtained at Enugu High Court.

Meanwhile, the Management of the Marble Arch Hotels Ltd, the venue the party earlier selected for its primary has expressed displeasure over what they termed invasion and occupation of their premises by the Anambra state government officials and heavily armed security agents numbering over 200 with over 30 police vehicles including Armoured personal carriers.

Addressing a press conference following the police action, the CEO/Chairman of the hotel, Chief Okey Nwosu, lamented that the hotel lost huge economic gains as a result.

Nwosu, who further used the reason to place ban on political activities in his hotel, also dispelled rumour that his hotel was earlier booked for the exercise, saying, “We have no record of any booking by any political party,  individual or other concerns on this day Monday  20/08/2017. Our hotel was never booked for any function be it political or otherwise on the said date.

“That in the light of the invasion of our business concern for a second  time in one week  today,  we are forced to close shop for all political activities in our hotel until after November  18 election  even though we shall endure the  loss of huge revenue in the next 4 months. Our Chairman has in the interest of peace and a mark of a responsible corporate citizen of Anambra  state insisted on the above line of action.

“We have stated it earlier and again here that our chairman, Chief Sam Okey Nwosu is not a politician and is not affiliated nor has sympathy for any political party or any faction. That twice now police had sealed up the hotel thereby causing the hotel great loss in revenue. 

“That no political party has held any political activity in the hotel since the inception of the present political weather in Anambra state. That the said Chief Sam Okey Nwosu has not or intend to get involved  in any partisan  political activities. He is strictly a businessman who answered to the call for Anambarians to bring home part of their investments.

“Our hotel has been in existence for 17 years and had never had issues with anyone. We therefore emphasize here that our hotel is a business concern which is open to all genuine peaceful citizens and concerns. We therefore reiterate that we are peace-loving people and has always stayed away from whatever that can undermine peace and security of citizens of Anambra state. We hereby call on His excellency Gov. Willie Obiano and the police authorities to call off the siege on our property in the interest of fairness and good conscience”.



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