Following the announcement of a new date for the re-run of the Anambra Central Senatorial election in the state, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye has harped on the need for all the machinery of the party to be placed on the alert.
Oye who made this call in a statement he issued in Awka on Thursday noted that the re-run was a very important election through which the party would produce its first Senator for Anambra State even as he recalled that the first Senator for the party was Christie Anyanwu elected in 2011 but later defected to PDP in 2014.
According to him,”It has pleased God that INEC has finally fixed a date for the long-awaited Anambra Central RERUN Election. It will now hold on January 13, 2018. This is in compliance with the recent ruling by the Court of Appeal, Abuja Judicial Division, which ordered INEC to conduct the RERUN Election within 90 days.
“By this development it has become imperative to place all APGA machinery at the alert.
“This is a very important election through which our great party will produce its first Senator for Anambra State. The first Senator was Christie Anyanwu elected in 2011 but who later defected to PDP in 2014”.
He recalled that the re-run election, which was earlier fixed for March 5, 2016, was abruptly postponed after every arrangement had been put in place by INEC, as a result of a bizarre judgement by an Abuja High Court ordering INEC to add PDP to the ballot.
“Objecting to the order, which indubitably ran contrary to the judgement of the Supreme Court on the matter, Chief Victor Umeh , sought redress from the Courts. He was joined by INEC, which filed another suit objecting to adding PDP to the ballot.
“There is no doubt that this is a season of joy and success for our great party.
“Just on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Governor Willie Obiano and his deputy, including the member-elect for Idemili North in the State House of Assembly, were presented their Certificates of Return having won their elections convincingly.
“It is our view that everything possible should be done to sustain the present winning streak in the party into 2019 general election”, he stated.
While reiterating his commitment and that of his team to continue to work for the peace, progress and prosperity of APGA, the National Chairman urged all members of the party, especially those in Anambra Central, to brace up for the challenges ahead saying,”We should be over confident or too complacent as we prepare for this all-important election”.
He continued,”The 21/21 victory of our party in the just-concluded governorship election in Anambra State was an indication of our preparedness to face every election with the resoluteness it requires.
“We will not relent in our effort to enforce discipline in our party and foster mutual cooperation and respect among our members.
“We have commenced designing the strategic architecture to deliver the election on January 13 next year.
“With regular prayer and diligent planning the election is as good as having been won.
“We congratulate our candidate, Chief Victor Umeh, on his doggedness and focus, which have made the impending victory now a clear possibility”.
He therefore appealed to all those aggrieved in one way or another to sheath their swords and cooperate with APGA to produce a Senator for Anambra Central after 31 months without one adding that the continued stay of Anambra Central Zone without a Senator was an ill-wind that blows nobody any good.
“We must allow brotherly love and common sense to prevail this time around. This is definitely to the benefit of all of us.
“We will not fail to commend our indefatigable action governor, Willie Obiano, for his unremitting commitment, love and support to our party”, he concluded.
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