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Friday 7 October 2016

APGA Crisis: Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano Eyes APC

Willie Obiano
The ruling All progressives Congress could be adding Anambra, a South-eastern state to its region of influence following the rumoured planned defection of Governor Willie Obiano amidst party crisis. The suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr. Victor Oye, on Thursday by the National Working Committee of the party, has cracked the party.

There were indications that the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, might review his membership of APGA in defection to the All Progressives Congress.

A member of the NWC of the party who pleaded not to be named told a Punch correspondent that plea by Obiano to stop Oye’suspension fell on deaf ears.

“The governor was calling us to stop the suspension, but nobody listened to him. Now what we are hearing is that the governor may join the APC to realize his re-election next year. If that happens, you know what that means to our party. Obiano is the only governor we have in APGA”.

APGA National Working Committee had suspended Oye, for what it called gross misconduct. Rising from its monthly meeting in Abuja, the NWC said the suspension of the national chairman was in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution, following alleged constitutional breaches and inordinate practices of the chairman and other national officers.

The Deputy National Secretary of the party, Jerry Obasi, said the suspension was necessary in order to save the party. Obiano's membership of the APC will be a welcome development as the party struggles to build its supporters' base in the South-east where it failed to secure significant victory during the 2015 presidential election.

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