By Izuchukwu Adichie.
Anambra Social media space has been awashed with the news of five (5) out of nine (9) aspirants contesting for the forthcoming gubernatorial election on the platform of APGA not cleared and four (4) out of the nine (9) aspirants cleared by the NWC Screening Committee. Those not cleared include; Hon. Nonso Smart and Hon. Carter Dike Umeh; Member Nnewi North and Orumba South in the State House, Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji; Federal House Member representing Aguata, Chief Akachukwu Nwankpo; Special Envoy to Goodluck Jonathan and Ozoka Odera Ifeanyi.
Those cleared by the NWC Screening Committee include: Prof. Chukwuma Soludo; the former CBN Governor of Nigeria, Hon. Ezenwankwo Okwudili; Federal House Member representing Orumba North and South, Hon. Damian Okolo and Hon. ThankGod Ibe
Looking at the remarks by the Screening Committee on the reason why some aspirants were not cleared, they were cogent and verifiable. The Committee having been empowered by Article 25 of the party consititution, was right to take the decision. The article reads: “()”
“ARTICLE 24. NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTIONS:
The National Working Committee shall formulate guidelines and regulations for the nomination of Candidates for election into public offices at all levels, subject to the provisions of this Constitution and the Electoral Act.”
They were not cleared on various reasons such as:
- aspirant’s membership in the party are less than eighteen (18) months and didn’t apply for Waiver as required by the constitution.
- registered voter in FCT Abuja, and currently ineligible to vote in Anambra.
- nominators fell short of the required 2/3 spread of APGA membership in the 21 Local Government of Anambra State.
- defiance and insubordination to party authority and supremacy.
-considered as an unsuitable APGA member to participate in the Governorship Primary Election at the moment.
-doubtful financial status of Nominators as APGA members.
- invalid Statutory Age Declaration.
-gross alterations and mutilation of Nomination Form.
While it is unfortunate that some aspirants were not well vested on the stipulations of party’s constitution hence, they dug their own pitifall and should not have anyone to blame, it is therefore not debatable that party’s leadership wants the best for state and public interest.
For aspirants whose financial status of their nominators are doubtful members of APGA, our state cannot afford to be indebted to external forces. If care is not taken and our great party make mistakes, there will arise an uncontrollable factor that can influence the decisions of the government and thus, hinder our path to continous development. On those whose nominators fell short of the required 2/3 spread of APGA membership in the 21 Local Government, they should have known better and understand the concept of political structure widespread.
APGA members should understand that whatever decision taken by its leadership is supreme and everyone is expected to abide by it for the intra-party interest. They should find reason to bestow their continuing support, for the party to triumph in November 6 gubernatorial election.
Nigerians and Nigeria as a country should as matter of national importance emulate the sagacity of the APGA Screening Committee Members in delivering on this tidous assignment. Political parties in Anambra should as matter of fact emulate the State ruling party’s internal policies and drives for a better Anambra State.
APGA as a party should urgently provide election political education to its members and ensure governor Willie M. Obiano’s successor is emerged successfully on Wednesday, June 2