APGA may not contest Anambra poll

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The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) may not field any candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State as indication emerges that Dr. Willy Obiano may be disqualified as the party’s candidate.

The party’s Publicity Secretary, Bernerd Akoma ,in a statement on Tuesday in Abakaliki said Dr. Obaino could be disqualified as the party’s flag bearer by the court if the National Chairman and Secretary of the party, Victor Umeh and Sanni Shinkaffi endorse his candidature. According to the party chieftain Umeh was not properly elected while Shinkaffi’s tenure has elapsed according to the party’s constitution.

According to the statement reads obtained by NigerianEcho, “Despite the emergence of Dr. Obiano as the Victor Umeh/Peter Obi led APGA candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State, the party may afterall not contest the governorship race in the state.

“APGA constitution states that a person is entitled to occupy any position in the party for a maximum of two tenures of four years each. The Apgacurrent national secretary of APGA, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi was elected the secretary of the party January, 10, 2003. By August 2013, Shinkafi will be spending his 10th year and seven months in the same position as the secretary of the party.”

 “The sharp division in the party notwithstanding, should Umeh led APGA faction goes ahead to endorse any candidate for the election, such candidate stands to be disqualified if his candidature is challenged in any court of law.

The Governorship election in Anambra State is slated for November 16 2013. Chief Ifeanyi Uba and Dr. Chris Ngige has been emerged flag bearers of the Labour party and All Progressive Congress respectively. The PDP is currently in crisis with emergence of two parallel primaries.

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