The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) will today hold a primary election to elect its candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.
THE RAZOR gathered from members of the party that the election is expected to hold at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, the state capital.
Four aspirants of the party who will be slugging it out in today’s primary election are; former Central Bank Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, a lawyer, Barr Damian Okolo and two lawmakers, Hon ThankGod Ibe and Hon Okwudili Nwankwo.
Meanwhile, THE RAZOR gathered that there are plans by the party to crown Prof. Soludo as its candidate, and that the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has set motion in place to ensure that other aspirants support Soludo to emerge both as candidate and governor of the state.
A source said Obiano has been working to ensure that the disqualified aspirants of the party withdrew their petitions and also support Soludo.
The source said, “Did you not see that Akachukwu Nwankpo who was disqualified by the party has already withdrawn his petition and also pledged support for Soludo?”
Confirming this, a chieftain of the party and member of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka told THE RAZOR on telephone that the delegates of the party, the leaders of the party, including the governor are more favourable to Soludo’s candidature.
He said: “Anambra needs a governor that is creative, intelligent and who can handle the task of governance. The leaders of the party, our governor and all the delegates will support Soludo in tomorrow’s (today) election.
“Let me tell you Soludo is the chairman of the Anambra 50 years development plan. What that means is that he already has the development plan of Anambra State for the next 50 years. You can not leave that kind of person to go and elect another person.
“We will support Soludo to win the primary election of our party, and we will support him to win the governorship seat of Anambra State. At a time like this, every society needs a creative person as leader.”
Meanwhile, THE RAZOR has gathered that ahead of today’s primary election, leaders of Nnewi community comprising of billionaire industrialists have anointed the former governor of CBN, assuring him of their support.
A video circulated on the social media showed Chief Cletus Ibeto of Ibeto Group, Chief Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing and other industrialists in the city hosting Soludo who paid them a visit in Nnewi.
An APGA source who was at the visit told THE RAZOR that the billionaires, despite having about six indigenes of the community vying for the position in some other political parties promised to galvanize support for him among their members.