Posted by Ifeoma Okafor, Awka | 16 November 2017 | 2,606 times
The National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Ike Oye on Wednesday described the defection of the first son of the founding father of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu as inconsequential, saying that he is a prodigal son who would be accepted on return.
Addressing a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Awka, Oye said that APGA is too big a family to worry about the loss of one person.
He said: “For now, Emeka Ojukwu Jnr is a prodigal son and for that we will accept him when he returns back. By the time APC loses this election, he would retrace his step. His leaving is inconsequential.
“It is not a must that a father and son would be in the same political party; it is a matter of choice and interest.
“In APGA, we give people space. We do not conscript people. Ojukwu’s defection is inconsequential. He is a prodigal son for now.”
Oye however hailed the Federal Government for returning the Aide-de-Camp to the Anambra State Governor, adding Obiano raised alarm because his fundamental rights were infringed on.
Oye maintained that APGA was not intimidated by the gathering of some elements "who are only bent on destroying the good works of the incumbent Governor."
His words: “How can people be saying openly that this election will be rigged? We cannot condone it.
“I am sure President (Muhammadu) Buhari will not subscribe to rigging of election in Anambra State. He has in the past eulogised our Governor; such a Governor should not be intimidated. Our Governor is a sitting Governor and his tenure will end in March, 2018.
“It will amount to a serious misnomer if the President should allow his name to be associated with rigging an election
“We are speaking as a responsible political party. It will amount to a charade if any other political party should take over this state. If that happens, then they are calling for anarchy in this state”
While calling on President Buhari to distant himself from such posturing as rigging, he called on the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmud Abubakar to ensure a credible, free and fair election in Anambra State next Saturday.
The APGA chieftain added: “It will amount to serious misnomer if Buhari should allow his name to be associated with rigging of election. Anambra is an APGA state and it is clear to everybody.”
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