The Director Common of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu has maintained that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have a historical past of lengthy cosy political understanding relationship even again to 2013 when a faction of APGA joined the merger of APC.
He equally mentioned that in 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari “kind of saved His Excellency Wille Obiano from his traducers, therefore his re-election.”
Okechukwu, who can be one of many founding members of APC, mentioned it was that background of cordial relationship that knowledgeable his current counsel to APGA leaders to fuse into APC as a realistic step in the direction of profitable and seamless prosecution of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
“So, that suggestion was made out of the prism of the pragmatic Zikist political mannequin, which joins us with APGA. Pragmatism is the most effective technique for Ndigbo to kill two birds with one stone, as a result of if APGA fuses into APC that may present APC with three states within the Southeast geopolitical zone – a milestone,” he advised journalists on Thursday.
“With three strategic states of Southeast in APC’s kitty, that could be a midway stroke to Ndigbo’s ambition of reaching Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2023. Due to this fact, I implore to kindly think about the fruit in APGA becoming a member of APC to win the Anambra governorship. Different particulars can be cordially harmonized.
“My take is that if the 2 parties-APGA and APC-come collectively below one bloc, it could then be attainable for us to weigh the 2 flag bearers, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and Senator Andy Uba, on the dimensions of which ones may higher win the election by way of acceptability, integrity, public service file, capability and imaginative and prescient for good governance,” the VON DG said.
Okechukwu, whereas faulting the declare by Chinedu Obidigwe that APC was plotting a forceful takeover of Anambra State insisted that the feasibility of his suggestion may very well be seen from the political understanding between the All Peoples Occasion (APP) and Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1999.
He recalled: “we should recall that in 1999, primarily based on strategic considering, AD and APP have been merged for the Presidential election.
“However, though the powers that be wished Chief Olusegun Obasanjo of Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP), each stakeholder in APP and AD, and certainly all progressive Nigerians noticed the political understanding as a win- win providing on the poll. So, with the good thing about hindsight, I’m seeing the identical alternative for APGA and APC in Anambra State.”
Obidigwe, the Nationwide Coordinator of APGA Media Warriors, had in an announcement to journalists, criticised Okechukwu for asking APGA to combine absolutely into APC and be a part of the mainstream of Nigeria politics in order to assist Igbo decide the Presidential seat in 2023.
Okechukwu, responding, mentioned APGA was lacking the purpose by looking for to stay as a giant fish in a small pond of regional politics that has solely earned it only one state out of all the federation.
He insisted that APGA can, aside from fixing its intractable myriad of post-governorship major litigations be a part of its previous ally, APC, to win the governorship, insisted of doing the identical factor the identical manner and anticipating a distinct outcome.
The VON DG pleaded with APGA leaders to offer severe ideas to his pragmatic strategies, noting that certainly time has come for APGA to discover different avenues to attain collective goal for Ndigbo by teaming up with APC.
“This tunnel imaginative and prescient of inflexible partisanship has remained the bane of Southeast politics. Due to this fact, I’m nonetheless calling on my pals in APGA to lookup and depend the celebs. In 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari restored Governor Obiano’s safety particulars on the APC governorship marketing campaign floor. In 2019, Obiano led APGA to reciprocate the grand political gesture of understanding by Mr. President.
“Gents, wouldn’t it not make for a larger political influence and success, if APGA consummates what its leaders began proper from 2014 by embracing APC in a better embrace? They need to present patriotism and respect for the marketing campaign for Nigeria President of Igbo extraction by becoming a member of the mainstream, which APC’s victory within the governorship ballot will improve,” Okechukwu contended.