Anambra 2021: Njoku dares Victor Oye, to hold parallel primaries
The national Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Edozie Njoku has stated that his faction will conduct a parallel governorship primaries ahead of the November 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.
Chief Njoku said his faction will conduct the parallel primaries away from the primaries to be conducted by the outgoing Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Oye.
Njoku, it could be recalled, emerged as APGA Chairman following the party’s national convention held on May 31, 2019, in Owerri, Imo State.
Ever since, he had been in a running battle with Chief Victor Oye who has decided to hang on to his seat.
This is not the first time the sit-tight Oye will be refusing to vacate the APGA seat despite serving out his tenure as APGA chairman as court orders have removed him in the past.
Speaking to newsmen, Njoku noted that following his emergence, Victor Oye filed a suit against him and the litigations have lingered till date.
He expressed disgust that despite a pending suit that will put a seal on the coffin of Oye’s chairmanship, he is still parading himself as chairman.
Njoku maintained that he is a product of the party’s constitution while Oye is a product of the Willie Obiano-led Anambra State Government.
Emphasising on the success of APGA in the Anambra governorship election, he said:
“Now the Anambra governorship election is around the corner and governorship aspirants are at a crossroads not being sure where to stand, we must ensure the governorship seat does not slip from APGA.
“Our timetable for the governorship primaries in Anambra is already prepared and ready, and because I seek the interest of the party; my advice to Oye is to also organize his own governorship primaries and produce his candidate while we produce our own candidate.
“This is so that if the court rules in my favour or in his favour in the pending matter, APGA will have a candidate to present for the election either way.
“But I can assure you that as for the national leadership of APGA, Victor Oye is gone for good.
“Members of the party rejected him in 2019 as he could not secure up to five percent of the positions in our 2019 congresses that led up to our National Convention.
“That was a revolt for the atrocities they committed during the 2019 party primaries in Imo and other places.”
Njoku, meanwhile assured that APGA never dies as it is “in the bone marrows of Ndigbo” being the only political platform that will accommodate and give the Igbo man his pride of place.
“Rather than standing aloof, Igbos must join in the effort to repair and reposition APGA and make it a people-centred political party.
“I can assure you, no matter what has been damaged; we shall put our house in order.
“We are building for the future and we shall fully recover our party and take it beyond the reach of the people who tried to destroy it,” he added.