Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the zone must work hard to win the November 6 guber elections in Anambra for the party to make an inroad in 2023.
Umahi’s views represented that of others leaders of the party in Southeast who held a meeting in Enugu on Thursday.
They said the party would win the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State and that of the 2023 in the region by carrying every stakeholder along in the scheme of things.
They said lack of recognition of major stakeholders and leaders in the party had been the major problem militating against the party in some states in the region.
The leaders made the statement during the party’s Southeast town hall meeting in Enugu.
According to the governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi resolving the party’s internal problems internally, would ensure the continued unity and the eventual victory of the party both in Anambra State and the entire southeast in the forthcoming elections.
Umahi noted that it was by carrying people along that all the stakeholders in Ebonyi State joined him in APC, adding that the few that were yet to join would soon join.
The governor said, “We can win election by carrying everybody along. If you look around you will see that almost all the Ebonyi stakeholders are here except one that is waiting for our pronouncement which will soon join. We need everybody to ensure we work in the central.
“We need to go back to our wards and involve everybody and from ward to local government and state.
“Don’t disenfranchise leaders in your wards if you want to win elections. We have a way of doing things. Ninety five percent of our leaders were disenfranchised in states having problem. We must carry every leader along in our quest to win elections.
“In Anambra election, I appeal that those who are not happy should forgive and work with Andy Uba whom President Buhari has endorsed. We must win Anambra election to show how serious we are in Southeast”.
Former Senate president and convener of the meeting, Dr. Ken Nnamani said the essence of the meeting was to continue to galvanize efforts of the party at the zonal level in order to help solidify it as a first party of choice to the electorate.
He expressed happiness that the party was already making serious inroads in the Southeast with many notable members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) joining the party.
The party’s governorship candidate in Anambra State, Senator Andy Uba thanked the stakeholders of the party in the region for the support given to him.
He disclosed that with their support, APC had grown in Southeast and was on the verge of taking majority in the state house of assembly.
According to him, November 6 governorship election was already in the party’s kitty.
He said, “By November 6, there won’t be any APGA in Anambra State. Already six APGA members are with us and 11 PDP members are also with joining us”.
The Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Nkeiru Onyejeocha appealed for the leaders to wade into the crisis in the party in Enugu State.
She also tasked the party to give a priority to the party in Abia State and ensure that Southeast is totally APC.