Anambra 2017: Gov Obiano Emerges APGA factional Candidate, Retains Dr Nkem Okeke as His Running Mate
In a landslide victory, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State today won the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Primary Election for the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election in the State slated for November 18, 2017.
This is even as the crisis rocking the party continues unabated with the two factions –one led by Chief Martin Agbaso and the other led by Chief Victor Oye – announcing different dates for the party’s primaries for the nomination of APGA candidate for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
While Agbaso had fixed August 14 as the date for his faction’s primary, Oye had fixed August 15 as his date.
The governor being the only contestant in his own faction won the party’s gubernatorial ticket with 1, 070 ‘Yes’ Votes against 11 ‘No’ Votes and 11 Invalid votes at the party primary held at Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.
The special congress had INEC officials firmly on ground to monitor the APGA primary election and at the end were evidently very satisfied with the orderly and transparent conduct of the exercise.
Delivering his acceptance speech, Gov Obiano gave a summary of his stewardship; explained the need to consolidate on the laudable achievements of his administration; and announced his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke as his running mate.
Present at the event today were the governor, Chief Willie Obiano; his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke and members of the State Executive Council; members of National and State Assemblies with Madam Speaker, Rtn Hon Rita Mmaduagwu, Hon Dozie Nwankwo and Hon Gabriel Onyenweife all present; and many other political appointees in the State.
Also present were the former National Chairman of the Party, Chief Victor Umeh who was recently inaugurated as the Director General of Gov Obiano’s Re-election Campaign as well as the former National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Sanni Shinkafi, who is also the Chairman, APGA Primary Election Panel.
In attendance also were other members of the Primary Election Panel; members of APGA Board of Trustees; National and State Working Committees members; delegates from the 326 wards in Anambra State; major stakeholders and party faithful.
With the two dates for the two primaries, confusion still reigns and political watchers are waiting for the outcome.