By Ikeugonna Eleke
The leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State has warned its members against campaigning for candidates of other political parties.
The Anambra State chairman of APGA, Sir Nobert Obi, who handed the warning in a press release circulated among members of the State Working Committee members and all the local government area and ward chairmen, said it amounted to anti-party to do so.
It was learnt that the warning may have come as a result of the wide acceptance the presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi, was gaining across political party lines in the state.
The chairman said his attention had been drawn to several unwholesome activities of certain members of the party (APGA) who were campaigning for candidates of other political parties.
The chairman therefore stated, ‘You may wish to know that it is wrong for any member to campaign, solicit votes, or attend any activity organized by other political parties or their candidates other than our great party APGA.
‘Such a development is considered an anti-party activity and an act of indiscipline in breach of Article 21, General Code of Conduct of our great party.
‘There are several cases of members belonging to WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms that promote and campaign for candidates of other political parties. Not a few even go as far as sharing posts that promote candidates who are not APGA members,’ the chairman further pointed out.
The chairman emphasized that such action was inimical to the overall interest of APGA, which, he said, had the intention to sweep the 2023 general elections, especially in Anambra State, where the party is fielding candidates in all elective positions.
He said such activity would be visited with severe disciplinary action as stated in the party’s constitution.
APGA’s concern may not be unconnected with previous experience when Obi’s former party, PDP, garnered votes beyond the presidential election in which Obi was running mate to Atiku Abubakar. The fear of that happening again may thus be the reason for the warning issued by APGA.