The Director Common of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu has maintained that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have a historical past of lengthy cosy political understanding relationship even again to 2013 when a faction of APGA joined the merger of APC.
He equally stated that in 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari “kind of saved His Excellency Wille Obiano from his traducers, therefore his re-election.”
Okechukwu, who can also be one of many founding members of APC, stated it was that background of cordial relationship that knowledgeable his latest counsel to APGA leaders to fuse into APC as a realistic step in the direction of profitable and seamless prosecution of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
“So, that suggestion was produced from the prism of the pragmatic Zikist political mannequin, which joins us with APGA. Pragmatism is the very best technique for Ndigbo to kill two birds with one stone, as a result of if APGA fuses into APC that can present APC with three states within the Southeast geopolitical zone – a milestone,” he advised journalists on Thursday.
“With three strategic states of Southeast in APC’s kitty, that may be a midway stroke to Ndigbo’s ambition of reaching Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2023. Subsequently, I implore to kindly contemplate the fruit in APGA becoming a member of APC to win the Anambra governorship. Different particulars might be cordially harmonized.
“My take is that if the 2 parties-APGA and APC-come collectively below one bloc, it will then be potential for us to weigh the 2 flag bearers, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and Senator Andy Uba, on the size of which ones may higher win the election by way of acceptability, integrity, public service document, capability and imaginative and prescient for good governance,” the VON DG acknowledged.
Okechukwu, whereas faulting the declare by Chinedu Obidigwe that APC was plotting a forceful takeover of Anambra State insisted that the feasibility of his suggestion might be seen from the political understanding between the All Peoples Celebration (APP) and Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1999.
He recalled: “we should recall that in 1999, based mostly on strategic pondering, AD and APP had been merged for the Presidential election.
“However, though the powers that be wished Chief Olusegun Obasanjo of Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP), each stakeholder in APP and AD, and certainly all progressive Nigerians noticed the political understanding as a win- win providing on the poll. So, with the good thing about hindsight, I’m seeing the identical alternative for APGA and APC in Anambra State.”
Obidigwe, the Nationwide Coordinator of APGA Media Warriors, had in a press release to journalists, criticised Okechukwu for asking APGA to combine absolutely into APC and be a part of the mainstream of Nigeria politics in order to assist Igbo decide the Presidential seat in 2023.
Okechukwu, responding, stated APGA was lacking the purpose by in search of to stay as an enormous fish in a small pond of regional politics that has solely earned it only one state out of the complete federation.
He insisted that APGA can, other than fixing its intractable myriad of post-governorship major litigations be a part of its previous ally, APC, to win the governorship, insisted of doing the identical factor the identical manner and anticipating a special consequence.
The VON DG pleaded with APGA leaders to provide critical ideas to his pragmatic options, noting that certainly time has come for APGA to discover different avenues to realize collective objective for Ndigbo by teaming up with APC.
“This tunnel imaginative and prescient of inflexible partisanship has remained the bane of Southeast politics. Subsequently, I’m nonetheless calling on my associates in APGA to lookup and rely the celebs. In 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari restored Governor Obiano’s safety particulars on the APC governorship marketing campaign floor. In 2019, Obiano led APGA to reciprocate the grand political gesture of understanding by Mr. President.
“Gents, would it not not make for a better political impression and success, if APGA consummates what its leaders began proper from 2014 by embracing APC in a better embrace? They need to present patriotism and respect for the marketing campaign for Nigeria President of Igbo extraction by becoming a member of the mainstream, which APC’s victory within the governorship ballot will improve,” Okechukwu contended.
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