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APGA confident of retaining Anambra governorship seat

11 November 2013, 15:54

Anambra -  Anambra state’s ruling party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, will continue with its mandate in the state by winning the November 16 governorship election in the state, its chairman has said.

The party’s national chairman, Victor Umeh, said he was confident about the party’s chance given its record in the past seven years.

“The party has been able to bring back the state from the rubbles to prominence. Today, the people of Anambra are happy with the government of APGA and they will continue to be happy,” Umeh was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, as saying.

The party, APGA, is one of the top contenders for Anambra state’s top seat. Other parties for the Saturday election are Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; All Progressive Congress, APC; and Labour Party, LP.

Their candidates are Willy Obiano for APGA, Tony Nwoye for PDP, Chris Ngige for APC and Ifeanyi Uba for LP. The state is currently led by Peter Obi of APGA.

Umeh expressed the confidence that with APGA’s achievements in the state, he had no doubt that the party would be victorious in the coming poll.

He also vouched for the competence of the APGA candidate, Willy Obiano, saying that he had the needed education, experience and exposure to take the state to a greater height.

“We have found him worthy in character and experience as well as in the area of administration.

“So, he is the most qualified among the contestants to continue the good work of Gov. Peter Obi’s administration,” he said.

Umeh said that if APGA was voted into power, it would also embark on policies and programmes that had direct bearing on the lives of the people.

“Everybody is quite aware of the fact that people in the villages need good infrastructure and the party is ready to do more to alleviate their suffering.

“If the party is voted into power, it will also empower more women and create more job opportunities for youths to deal with the problem of youth restiveness,’’ he said.

Umeh said if APGA continued to be in power, it would ensure the proper use of the state’s resources to enhance the citizens’ wellbeing.

The party chairman however urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to safeguard the interests of the electorate while conducting the election by ensuring a free, fair and credible election.

He called on President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy enough security agents to the state, as part of efforts to ensure a hitch-free election.

Umeh decried the idea of deploying security operatives to election areas late; saying that such practice usually caused a breakdown of law and order even before the election.

He, however, suggested that the INEC personnel for the election in Anambra should come from other states so as to ensure transparency in the election process.



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