…Describes Ojukwu’s son as inconsequential in Anambra election
…Says election was free, fair
…No, it was a bizarre — Okorie
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Governor Willie Obiano who was recently declared winner of the November 18, governorship election in Anambra State has vowed not to abandon the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, the political party that gave him victory to join the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Governor also said that the son of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu who dumped APGA few days before the governorship election and joined the APC was inconsequential and did not have any political relevance.
Governor Obiano stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents on Friday after he had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said he was at the State House to thank the President for ensuring a free and fair election without the interference of the ruling APC to manipulate the process.
But the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie has described the election as a mere bazaar where the police were allegedly engaged as canvassers for the APGA, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in a brazen manner.
Fielding question on the insinuations that he had a pact with the APC where it was agreed that after winning the election for a second term, he would decamp to the APC, Governorship Obiano said there was no iota of truth in that.
He said, “No. Never. That is totally unfounded. I will never leaver APGA, I am the leader and the BoT (Board of Trustee) Chairman of APGA and again by God’s grace the governor and governor-elect.”
Asked whether he will woo back Emeka Ojukwu junior who dumped APGA for APC before the election, he said, “He is of no consequence I am sorry to say.”
Explaining why he was at the State House, he said, “I came to see the President and to thank him for keeping to his word that the election in Anambra would be free and fair and that was exactly how it went. I am very happy to come to report to him personally on the success of the election.”
On whether he had expected to win such a contentious election looking at the level of opposition against him, he said, “Well, I thank God it is the Lord’s doing. To win 21 over 21 is not an easy task, it just showed the faith the people had in me and that was exactly why it happened and I thank Ndi Anambra for the confidence reposed on me and reassure them that this will encourage me to work harder.”