The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) says it’s childish propaganda for anybody to say that Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano promised to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the Governor-elect of the state, Charles Soludo.
APGA stated this while reacting to reports that Obiano and Soludo promised to join the APC after winning the Anambra governorship election which was held earlier this month.
It was gathered that that prior to the election that there was a threat of a declaration of a state of emergency in Anambra, which prompted Obiano to visit President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock where the matter was resolved.
Rumours were that one of the conditions given to the governor by the president to allow a free and fair election in the state was that he would join the APC with Soludo after the poll.
Reacting to the reports during a press conference on Monday, the National Coordinator of APGA Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe debunked the story which he described as “a lie from the pit of hell.”
Obiano, Soludo Not Planning To Join APC – APGA
Obigwe said, “It’s important to say it boldly that the battle Governor Obiano fought on November 6th was a battle for the survival of APGA as the only Igbo party in Nigeria. He fought that battle with all his heart and God gave him victory.
“There was never a time Governor Obiano promised anybody that if Soludo wins the election, both of them will join APC.
“Governor Obiano nurtured a good relationship with President Buhari administration for the betterment of Ndi Anambra. The President respects the fact that Obiano is the leader of APGA and accords him that respect.
“President Buhari did not lobby him to join APC because he knows very well that Governor Obiano will not accept to abandon APGA, a party that has Igbo interest at heart and defect to APC.”
“The only thing Governor Obiano did that worked in favour of APGA in the November 6th governorship election is that he extracted a free and fair election commitment from President Buhari.
“The President promised him that the election would be free and fair without interference from the Presidency.
“President Buhari fulfilled the promise and the resultant effect is that the November 6th governorship election is now being applauded by Nigerians and international communities as the most free and fair election conducted by INEC in recent times.”
“It’s childish propaganda for anybody to say that Governor Obiano promised to join APC with Soludo.”
KanyiDaily had also reported how an Anambra lawmaker, Onyebuchi Offor returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 43 days after he defected to the APC.