By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The National Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Ralph Okey-Nwosu has raised an alarm over the activities of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State, accusing it of coercing politicians in the state to join the party.
Nwosu alleged that many politicians in the state have been bullied by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to join the APC and that many were currently being intimidated to move from their parties to APC.
The National Chairman who briefed journalists in Awka, on the aegis of Allied Parties, a coalition of political parties supporting the emergence of ADC governorship candidate, warned that the plans of the Federal Government in Anambra as regards the election will fail.
“I want to tell you people that APC is using the EFCC to bully politicians in Anambra to join them, and so far, politicians in APGA and PDP have succumbed. We hear that they are still working on many to join, but this ‘APC by force’ slogan can never stand in Anambra, and their shenanigans must fail.
“Mr President and APC should be concerned with the legacy that they will leave behind. APC’s legacy should matter to Buhari.
“Even if all the politicians in Anambra are bullied into joining the APC, with charges of corruption and the rest, I can assure you that Anambra will never be taken by APC. Anambra is a different ball game altogether.”
Nwosu expressed confidence that his party will win the governorship election in November, saying some of the political parties are not in the contest, as they never held any valid primary election.
He said, “There are some parties that are not in this election. INEC can put a party on the ballot if the chairman of parties or court gives such orders. That doesn’t change the undercurrents that PDP and APC, did not hold valid primary elections.
“The APC, PDP and APGA will not win the election and I can assure you of that. They have no valid primary elections.
“Whether Buhari raised (Andy) Uba’s hand in the Villa or comes to Anambra to do so, I can tell you that it will not happen. The system will flush out APC and the people of Anambra will ultimately choose their own governor.
“The election in Anambra must be a popularity contest, not about how many governors you are coming to Anambra with or how many you have in your party. Anambra people will vote for their governor and not other people from outside making them.”