A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former presidential candidate of the defunt United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie at the weekend collapsed the entire UPP structure in Anambra into the APC.
He also promised to work for the success of the APC governorship aspirant, Sir Azuka Okwuosa in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.
Chief Okorie made the official handover of the entire UPP State structure to APC at Azuka Okwuosa campaign office in Awka where he declared that only, free, fair and transparent primary would give the APC victory in the November 6 governorship election in the State.
He called for the choice of a candidate with popular mandate of the party faithful.
Okorie who was the pioneer national chairman and founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) warned the national and State leadership of the party against imposition of a candidate during the forthcoming primary insisting that the APC Anambra State would resist any such attempt.
“Anambra State governorship election is important to the South East and Ndigbo in general and this is the flagship of the battle to produce a president of Igbo extraction.
“I wish to warn that we shall resist any attempt by some people to impose a candidate on the party APC and we shall ensure that the candidate of APC would emerge through a democratic process and we must ensure that internal democracy prevails in Anambra APC,” he said.
While presenting the UPP extraction now APC at the event, Chief Okorie described Okwuosa as a team player who had paid his dues in party politics saying that his emergence as governor would change the developmental narrative of Anambra State.
“Okwuosa has paid his dues at political apprenticeship, at political tutilate; and he has climbed the ladder. I came to know Azuka at Ikemba Ojukwu’s house, Ezeigbo Gburugburu. He was there and became chairman of Nnewi local government area, after he served as commissioner for Works Anambra state. In APC he has worked for other people, he has served as DG campaign, he knows Anambra terrain.
“After today’s event Okwuosa will no longer be an aspirant, he will become the presumptive candidate of APC in the coming governorship election in Anambra state,” he declared.
As he received members of the UPP extraction of APC into his campaign structure, Sir Okwuosa assured them of equal opportunity in his campaign structure, just as he announced a donation of a bus to help in their movement during campaign activities.
Okwuosa condemned a situation where those who worked, suffered and made sacrifice for the party were not getting commensurate rewards after election victory, “especially as currently being observed in APC government where outsiders, including members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and APGA in the State are major beneficiaries of the dividends of democracy from the centre, to the detriment of loyal party members.”
“I believe in the reward system and when you work hard you get your reward and that is how it should be and not the other way round.”
“I will ensure that the APC wins the Anambra election and the internal democracy respected in the process of nominating a candidate for the party.
“Under my leadership, APC incoming government will fix Anambra State, that’s why our slogan is ‘Finally it’s broken, together we will fix it’”.