Anambra 2014: ACN, PDP, APGA begin mobilisation

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

The next governmorship election is expected to hold in February 2014 in Anambra State. Correspondent NWANOSIKE ONU writes on the preparation for the exercise by the political parties.

olitical parties are on the track in Anambra State. Eyes are on the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Which one among the big three will produce Governor Peter Obi’s successor?

Obi assumed the reins seven years ago. His party is formidable. But the ACN and PDP cannot be ignored in the state. They both have senators in the National Assembly.

The parties have begun underground activities aimed at outsmarting one another.

However, the major problem with them is that they are deeply enmeshed in intra-party crises. The only exception is the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). Other smalleer parties, including Labour Party (LP), are also assailed by leadership tussles.

The fallout is that their members have been defecting to the ANPP and ACN.

For ACN, negotiating the bends towards the election has been smooth, beginning from the wards to the council level. Before, only former Chris Ngige, who now represents Anambra Central District in the senate, was the only prominent figure in the party. There is mass migration to the opposition party. Sources said that former Central Bank Governor Charles Soludo is fraternising with ACN. The source added that his romance with the party was responsible for his current ordeal in the hands of the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC.

Anambra State ACN leader Senator Ngige has not formally said anything about his governorship ambition. However, In December, last year, he gathered the ACN faithful at his campaign office inAwka and showered them with gifts, including cars and bags of rice. Besides, he launched a scholarship scheme with 100 million naira to carter for the less privileged and widows in his senatorial zone.

Ngige also gave N10m to the state secretariat of the party. He promised party members that, by March 2013, the second phase of the empowerment programme will hold in the state.

A source said Ngige may surprise many people in the state with his delay tactics. He cited the senatorial race involving him and former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili. Nobody expected him to appear in the race.

ACN chairman Chief Amechi Obidike declared that his party will produce the next governor.

He warned other political parties to stop blackmailing ACN and face the reality. He said the crisis-ridden parties are not fit to rule the state because they have failed to put their house in order.

One of the ACN lawmakers from Idemili South Constituency, Ebele Obi, said ACN will transform the state, if voted into power.

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