A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has advised the party’s governorship candidate in the just concluded election in Anambra State, Senator Andy Uba, to jettison the idea of going to the tribunal to avoid bringing further embarrassment to the party.
He also advised Uba to respect the verdict of the people of Anambra State, who decided to vote massively for the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Charles Soludo.
Eze, who is also former national publicity secretary of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spoke in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital yesterday.
He further adviced the APC governorship candidate to borrow a leaf from President Muhammadu Buhari, former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and several other prominent Nigerians, who have congratulated Soludo on his victory at the polls.
The APC chieftain said: “The circle responsible for scheming Senator Andy Ubah into the guber race by imposing him on the APC as a mandatory flag-bearer should be held accountable for the fatal smackdown the party suffered from the Professor Charles Soludo and the APGA in the Saturday November 6 governorship election.
“It would be a mere wishful thinking for Senator Uba and the Anambra APC to expect a better electoral outing than what they got, given that the party failed to deploy reasonable efforts to reconcile the grievances of party leaders who bought forms to participate in the party’s primary election.
“The party’s primary election was an exercise which was severally described as a charade and whose outcome ignited a raging inferno of dissenting voices and massive provocation from party members across board.
“Leader of the party in the State and Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, attested to the sharp practices and massive irregularities deployed by wrongdoers in the pursuit of a private vendetta.
“That marked the beginning of the glaring defeat which was later made manifest when the Independent National Electoral Commission began to churn-in results at the end of voting and collation.
“The good people Anambra have passed their verdict through the ballot and their position should be respected and accepted by every lover of democracy and custodian of fairness and due process.
“The failure of the APC in the polls is not a sign of rejection in the South East but a lesson to the party to the effect that in subsequent elections, only credible and capable hands should be allowed to fly the flag by allowing the will of party members prevail.”