Nigeria: Anambra 2014: Two candidates emerge in APGA
The Maxi Okwu-led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance has selected Dr. Chike Obidigbo to fly the party’s flag in the November 16 Anambra State governorship election.
He emerged on Monday, at a special congress of the Okwu faction of APGA in Awka.
Okwu told our correspondent in Enugu that 450 delegates participated in the exercise that produced Obidigbo in a contest where he was the sole candidate.
The emergence of Obidigbo came one week after Chief Wiilie Obiano was selected on August 26 as the party’s flag bearer by the Chief Victor Umeh led-faction of the party.
Obiano served as an Executive Director of Business Banking at Fidelity Bank.
Reacting to Obidigbo’s emergence, the Chairman of the Screening Committee, Chief Chris Eze, said that the party had come out with a most qualified and well known candidate.
Chief Sunday Obasaha, Officer in-charge of the exercise, had called for nomination, and Mr. Victor Ndu from Ward 11 Onitsha North nominated Obidigbo and was seconded by Mr. Joseph Umeze from Ward 1 Umunya in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.
Obidigbo was returned unopposed with 450 votes and was also handed the party’s flag by Okwu, who commended the delegates for the large turnout.
Okwu said that Obidigbo had been elected its flag bearer and also expressed the confidence that he (Obidigbo) would win the governorship election on November 16.
He said, “Obidigbo will take over the mantle from Governor Peter Obi. It is my honour to present the flag to you to fly it high.”
On arrival in Enugu, Obidigbo said that APGA was one indivisible political party, and commended Obi for the good job he had done to lift the state to enviable height.
He urged the party members from various wards, who turned out to select him, to go home and work harder to deliver the party at the election.
“I will not disappoint the electorates if voted to take over from Obi from March 2014,” Obidigbo stated.