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Anambra election: Did APC sell one ticket to Uba, Nwoye?

*Ngige, Oyegun seek police protection

With the way things are going, there is a large schism in the Anambra chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). There are allegation about the gubernatorial slot having been ‘sold’ to two candidates who are burrowing for a fight while the party chieftains are seeking for police protection.

Senator Andy Uba and Hon. Tony Nwoye are alleged to have ‘paid’ for the APC slot. In view of the secret blowing to the open, both men are asking for refund while, the merchant, who is the current Minister for labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, has cried out to security agencies over serious threats to his life by the buyers (Senator Andy Uba and Hon. Tony Nwoye).

Senator Chris Ngige...monies I collected were for party administration...are you party chairman?
Senator Chris Ngige…monies I collected were for party administration…are you party chairman?

In a letter he forwarded to security agencies, Ngige complained about the severe harassment from Senator Andy Uba and Tony Nwoye because both want to fly the flag of All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket in the forthcoming 18th of November gubernatorial election.

In the letter, the Minister narrated what led him to assume that his life is in danger. He charged the police to investigate the telephone calls Senator Andy Uba and Tony Nwoye made to his mobile phone number 08037622222.

Ngige confirmed that Senator Andy Uba called him last week Thursday and threatened him to return the five hundred million Naira he gave to him to assist him to become the flag bearer of APC in the governorship election.

Although, Ngige agreed that money changed hands, he is adamant that whatever Senator Andy Uba gave to him is just money for the running of the party since he just joined our party. I am surprised that Andy who is versed in internal working of political parties will request for refund of money donated to move our party APC forward especially funds that he donated as a latecomer in the party he said. Senator Andy Uba was granted waiver to contest for the ticket of the party because truly some persons facilitated the move for Andy to be so recognised.

He also revealed that Hon. Tony Nwoye is threatening him that should he not secure the ticket, he should count himself ‘deleted’. Ngige confirmed that he became worried when he analysed the word ‘deleted’ and come to realise that what it means is that he will be deleted from the face of the earth which is death.

He wondered why Tony Nwoye and Andy Uba will want to kill him over mere governorship ticket.

Et tu Oyegun?: The leadership APC has also reacted to the threat from aspirants. The National Chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun who is also facing allegation of receiving bribe from Senator Andy Uba and many of the aspirants confirmed that he has been briefed by the Minister and that the Police are on top of the situation.

He warned aspirants to play by the rules and not twist the arms of the elders of the party who has laboured to bring the party to it’s present glory. He condemn in clear terms that threat to the life of the Minister and promised to set an internal mechanism for conflict resolution in the party that will settle disputes and also disciple erring members.

In his reaction, the Anambra State Chairman of APC, Mr Emeka Ibe vow to deal with any aspirant who believe in violence. He was furious that Andy Uba will be threatening senior members of APC because he needs the party’s ticket for election. As at the time of writing this report, the state Chairman of the party is in Abuja on the invitation of the National Executives of the party.

He will among other things explain to the National Officers of the party what he knows about the threat and other challenges currently rocking the APC Anambra.

A stakeholder in All Progressives Congress in Anambra State Chief Desmond Oradimma frowns at the rate these ‘new passengers’ in APC are misbehaving as if they do not have common home training. We could not understand why these food-is-ready-politicians who can also be called tenants in APC will not allow genuine members to rest in our party.

It disturbs loyal members in APC who believe that Andy Ubah and Tony Nwoye are in APC just to capsise the party and move on. Chief Oradimma is of the opinion that the duo are distabilisers sent to the party by PDP to cause trouble and render the party useless. He advise APC party faithfuls to shun violence.

They party primaries will hold on Saturday in Awka.

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