Anambra poll: APGA candidate hails Obiano, seeks Soludo’s cooperation
The House of Representatives Member, who was officially recognised as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday, Chukwuma Umeoji, has commended Governor Willie Obiano for his support.
Umeoji, who belongs to the Chief Jude Okeke’s faction of APGA, stated this in the text of a speech he delivered at a news conference he addressed in Abuja and made available to our correspondent on Saturday.
In the speech, titled, ‘No victor, no vanquished!’, Umeoji also gave kudos to Okeke for his display of courage and determination.
He extended his hands of fellowship to all his co-contestants, including a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo.
He pledged to work with all critical stakeholders in APGA to ensure victory for the party in the November 6, governorship election in the state.
Umeoji said, “I wish to specially, thank the great National Leader and BoT Chairman of our party, the Executive Governor Willie Obiano, the fourth democratically elected Governor of Anambra State for his progressive leadership.
“I salute the courage, strength and resilience of our indefatigable acting National Chairman, Chief Jude Okeke and entire Caretaker Committee of our great party
“To my colleagues at the National and State assemblies, and other stakeholders of our party, I thank you all for your great support and partnership.
“To every member of APGA from the national to the ward level, I congratulate and appreciate us all.
“The past weeks have been of intense struggle for our great party APGA, but today, the Independent National Electoral Commission has affirmed that I, and Professor Lillian Orogbu are both governorship and deputy governorship candidates of our great party for the November 6 election.
“I wish to announce that the will of thousands of APGA faithful has prevailed and an end to all litigations.
“This is indeed, a victory for APGA, victory for ndị Anambra, victory for the younger generation and those unborn, a victory that we all have been yearning for.
“We have by this declaration of INEC, reaffirmed our unity of purpose; The “can do it” spirit, reiterated our faith in democracy; and fully returned power back to the people.
“For me, there is no victor and no vanquished, rather a victory to all members of APGA and entire Anambra electorates who are already waiting to re-elect APGA for another milestone in Governance of the State come November 6.
“In this context, I wish to declare that the victory is for us all and for the sustenance of our unique internal democracy and party.
” It was a full display of the APGA creed, Onye Aghana Nwanne ya; we must now come together to be our brothers and sisters keeper and protect the legacy of our founding fathers and supreme leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
“I extend hand fellowship to my brothers and sisters who contested the election and joined the marathon litigation; this is our project and we must come together for the interest of APGA first.
“The Journey ahead is daunting, but surmountable if we all pull our strength together and unite for common purpose – I assure us, APGA will win overwhelmingly.
“There’s no family without rancour, I believe we will come out stronger, better and energised to conquer and return APGA to Agụ-Awka.
“We will move fast to reconcile all factions of the party and aggrieved members, even those who have in time past, joined our opponents, we will make sure they come back home; APGA is home and big enough to accommodate everyone.
“We will work with all existing paraphernalia, structures and everyone in the party to ensure that APGA wins.”