- 13 aspirants have indicated interest to contest the governorship election in Anambra on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- They include heavyweights such as former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo
- This was disclosed by the state chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibe
About 13 aspirants have indicated interest to contest the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the state chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibe, the aspirants include former CBN governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, former national internal auditor, Chief George Muoghalu and billionaire businessman, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah.
Others are Senator Andy Uba, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Chief Barth Nwibe, Mr Obinna Okonkwo, Chief Paul Chukwuma, Chief Obinna Uzor, Dr Chike Obidigbo, Chief Ralph Okeke, Chief Tony Nwoye and Prince Donatus Okonkwo.
Ibe made the disclosure on Tuesday, January 24 in the state capital, Awka while briefing journalists.
He said that there would not be automatic ticket for any of the aspirants, adding that they would all participate in the primaries for selection.
His words: “We will give all the aspirants equal playing ground. There is no special interest for any of the aspirants.
“We will hold transparent primaries for them. They are all qualified to unseat Governor Willie Obiano.
“Any of them who emerges as our candidate is capable of removing Obiano from office.’’
The chairman also announced that the party would commence continuous membership registration next week to accommodate many people wanting to join APC in the state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, he however stated that any individual with criminal record would not be allowed to join the party.
He also affirmed that there was no zoning arrangement in the APC, stressing that new members have equal rights as old members.
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Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has stated that the future of Igbo people rest with the APC.
According to Okorocha, belonging to the party at the centre is the only and best option available to Igbo people at the moment.