By Ikeugonna Eleke
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has described a recent vow by the Anambra State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to win Anambra in 2021, as a pipe dream.
PDP during its 8th Stakeholders Meeting in Awka, July 20, had said that it would capitalize on the rancour in the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to win the 2021 gubernatorial election in the state.
But in a statement signed by the state Chairman of APGA, Sir Norbert Obi, the ruling political party in Anambra described PDP’s ambition as “mere wishful thinking”, pointing out that the party died in the state since March 2006, when APGA took over the mantle of leadership.
Sir Norbert said that contrary to the bad governance, political instability and mayhem perpetrated by the PDP when it held sway in Anambra between 1999 and 2006, APGA had in the past thirteen years restored law, order and stability to the state.
‘APGA has also been delivering unprecedented and verifiable democracy dividends,’ Obi said, explaining that it was the reason why Anambra now regarded APGA as their own political party, hence their unanimous reference to it as their own party.
The APGA State Chairman recalled what he referred to as “the numerous unforgivable sins of the PDP against the people and image of Anambra State”, adding that this explained why a global literary icon, the late Professor Chinua Achebe, twice rejected the award of National Honour to him by a PDP controlled Federal Government between 2004 and 2007.
Sir Obi maintained that the image of PDP, especially in Anambra State, was irretrievably damaged, pointing out that the party could not be trusted again by the masses.
The State APGA chairman equally observed that unlike the PDP, his party had over the years proved that it was trustworthy, hence APGA’s total control and domination of Anambra’s politics and government, as demonstrated by its resounding victories in the 2017 gubernatorial poll and this year’s House of Assembly elections in the state.
Anambra will be due for governorship election in 2021, as the second tenure of the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano, expires in March 2022.
APGA has repeatedly maintained that it would choose Governor Obiano’s successor from the South Senatorial District of Anambra State at the appropriate time.