Anambra APC Governorship Aspirants Grow Cold Feet As Insecurity Persists

Anambra APC Governorship Aspirants Grow Cold Feet As Insecurity Persists

The fire appears to have gone out of the ambition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the race for the Anambra State Gov­ernment House, as growing insecurity in the state and the South-East general­ly has forced the party’s governorship aspirants to doubt its chances in the No­vember 6 election.

Despite the declared am­bition and commitment of the stakeholders to wrest power from the All Pro­gressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state during a recent meeting which attracted all the nine aspi­rants, there had been gen­eral concern that security challenges in Anambra and neighbouring states of Imo and Enugu states might negatively affect the APC’s performance and by exten­sion, the candidate that would eventually emerge, regardless of his pre-con­test popularity.

This reasoning appeared to have generally taken a toll on the desire of some of the aspirants to part with a staggering N22.5 million to obtain the expression of interest and nomination forms almost one month after the party announced that they were up for sale.

A close party source dis­closed that the aspirants had been apprehensive.

“Initially, the fear some of the aspirants expressed was that of imposition of a candidate or emergence of a consensus candidate after individual aspirants had paid the nomination form.

“The party has allayed that fear. Yet, as you can see, they are not coming forward to obtain the nom­ination form, so something is wrong,” the source sub­mitted.

As at Friday April 30, only one aspirant, Senator Andy Ubah, was rumoured to have obtained the party’s governorship nomination form through a third party.

The rest had largely stayed away, ostensibly wondering whether the gamble with N 22.5million was worth it.

At the recent interac­tive session organised by Anambra Patriotic Forum, the nine APC as­pirants were unanimous in their demand for a free, fair and credible gover­norship primary, which they said would ensure the party’s unity after the primary.

Another revelation of the forum was the fact that former governor of the state and Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, might have rested his governor­ship ambition.

After the initial appear­ance of posters, it appeared Ngige had opted for an el­der statesman’s role as his name was conspicuously missing among the aspi­rants.