Awka- A gubernatorial aspirant in Anambra, Chike Obidigbo, has urged the leadership of APGA factions in the state to sheathe their swords and allow peace to prevail.
Obidigbo gave the advice in Awka on Tuesday while declaring his ambition to contest the 2013 gubernatorial election in the state on the party’s platform.
He appealed to the leadership of the factions to stop all litigations and urged the elders and intelligentsia to invite the warring factions to a round table to resolve the crisis.
"I want to appeal to the major actors in the leadership of APGA in Anambra to reflect on the history and image of the party and not allow the torch handed to us by the great Ikemba to extinguish in our time,” he said.
Obidigbo also appealed to the leadership of the party to allow him contest on its platform, saying he had the capacity and experience to win the election for the party.
The aspirant, who hails from Anambra North senatorial zone, said that if he won the poll, his administration would empower women and the youths to fight poverty and crime.
He decried the lack of industries in the state and pledged to consolidate on the programmes of the administration of Gov. Peter Obi by creating a conducive atmosphere for industrialisation.
"Anambra is the capital of Igbo industrial estate; what we need is just a blend of manufacturing and ingenuity as a trading nation to advance the prosperity of our people.
"I shall empower the women and youths economically by creating the best atmosphere for industrialisation which will create jobs and reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state,” he said.
Responding, APGA factional chairman, Egwuoyibo Okoye, said the aspirant had already scaled the first hurdle since he is from the zone favoured by the party to contest the election on its platform.
He said the party had zoned its governorship candidate to Anambra North which had been a standing agreement when Gov. Peter Obi contested for his second term in 2010.
"We will give all the aspirants from the zone a chance to contest the party primaries and whoever emerges will have our support,’’ Egwuoyibo said.