ALL Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has dismissed rumours of a planned defection to All Progressives Congress (APC) by Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano and the Governor-elect of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo.
National Co-coordinator of APGA Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe, dismissed the rumour today in a press briefing in Awka.
Describing it as “a lie from the pit of hell” Obigwe said neither Gov. Obiano nor Soludo had anything like that in mind.
“It’s important to say it boldly that the battle Governor Obiano fought on November 6th was a battle for the survival of APGA as the only Igbo party in Nigeria. He fought that battle with all his heart and God gave him victory. There was never a time Governor Obiano promised anybody that if Soludo wins the election; both of them will join APC. Governor Obiano nurtured a good relationship with President Buhari administration for the betterment of ndi Anambra.
The President respects the fact that Obiano is the leader of APGA and accords him that respect. President Buhari did not lobby him to join APC because he knows very well that Governor Obiano will not accept to abandon APGA, a party that has Igbo interest at heart and defect to APC,” he said.
Explaining that only Gov. Obiano’s political goodwill and Soludo’s antecedent earned victory for APGA, Obigwe added that the party cut no deal with anyone else.
“The only thing Governor Obiano did that worked in favour of APGA in the November 6 governorship election is that he extracted a free and fair election commitment from President Buhari. The President promised him that the election would be free and fair without interference from the Presidency.
President Buhari fulfilled the promise and the resultant effect is that the November 6 governorship election is now being applauded by Nigerians and international communities as the most free and fair election conducted by INEC in recent times. It’s childish propaganda for anybody to say that Governor Obiano promised to join APC with Soludo,” Obigwe stated.