Says Party Will Vie for All Positions in 2023
By Ikeugonna Eleke
Stakeholders of the Anambra Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have raised the alarm over what they described as the delay by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the state’s governorship election result.
The party said it suspected there were things the commission was afraid of, as a court had also made an order for it to release the CTC to the parties.
The Acting State Chairman of the party, Sir Basil Ejidike, disclosed this last week, during a stakeholders’ meeting of the party.
The meeting was attended by party bigwigs in Anambra State, led by the governorship candidate of the party, Senator Andy Uba.
Addressing the stakeholders, Ejidike said, INEC had not been able to give reason why it had not released the CTC to the parties, describing it as a shame.
‘This is a special gathering because it’s a gathering to give our party a new direction. Any party that fails to win election is not a political party. APC is a political party and not a club.
‘We are going to contest every available position in 2023. And without discipline, we will not win anything. INEC has not been able to issue out CTC even after it was ordered by the court because of the difficult situation it has found itself.
‘What that action means is that something was wrong during the election. Our tribunal case is justified because the right thing was not done by INEC.
‘Those party members who are still pursuing court cases against APC are trying to frustrate our party. Don’t be disillusioned, we will not allow them to derail us.
‘I’m going to deal with anybody who tries to dislodge the activities of APC in Anambra State as directed by the National leadership,’ Ejidike said.
The leader of the party in the state, Senator Andy Uba, in his address, said APC had come to stay in Anambra.
‘We need to stay together as our congress is coming on 8 January, 2022. APC must be strong, otherwise in 2023 we’re not going to win anything.
‘Let’s stop the infighting and forget selfishness. I’m ready to apologize to those who believe I wronged them for us to move forward and reclaim Anambra,’ Uba said.