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National Chairman of a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Maxi Okwu, on Sunday said that he would field a candidate for the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State.
Okwu also said that considering the performance of Governor Peter Obi in Anambra State, members of his National Executive Committee were optimistic that their chosen APGA candidate would win the election.
The APGA national chairman spoke after a church service in Nkpokolo Achi in Oji-River Local Government Area of Enugu State, to mark his late father’s posthumous 90th birthday.
His late father, Senator Basil Okwu, a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1979 –1983, died on October 21, 2009.
He said, “I pray fervently that APGA wins on November 16, which is the late Nnamdi Azikiwe’s birthday, because if we don’t win Anambra, we are in danger here in Enugu State. I need Anambra to win Enugu, so I am prepared to do everything possible for us to win, but the way they are going about it, there is danger.
“We are going to field our own candidate, so whichever faction wins in the court, that will decide the authentic candidate. It is the party that people vote for; remember Celestine Omehia versus Chibuike Amaechi in Rivers State.
“We are picking our own candidate, and whoever wins eventually becomes the APGA winner. If Victor Umeh wins, Umeh’s candidate becomes the APGA winner. But I will win.”
When asked if the disqualification of ex-central bank governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, from running on APGA’s platform would not affect the party’s chances, Okwu said, “Soludo or no Soludo, APGA will win Anambra election.”
He said that his decision to approach a Federal Court in Abuja over the APGA matter was to ensure that selfish people were not allowed to destroy the party.
“I am a lawyer of 36 years standing; the case is strong and it is a matter of documentary evidence. I threw seven questions to Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Alhaji Attahiru Jega, and he didn’t answer,” he said.