Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has emerged winner of yesterday’ s governorship primary election organized by the Chief Victor Oye- led faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
Prof Soludo who seems to be very popular in Anambra politics defeated his closest rival in the primary, Hon Okwudili Ezenwankwo by a total of 740 votes against 41 votes.
This result was announced to the world by Deacon Samson Olalere, National Vice Chairman of the party in the South West.
He added that 812 delegates got accreditation from 326 wards and 21 local government areas of Anambra state.
But few hours before this governorship primary, a faction of the party led by Jude Okeke’ s National Working Committee (NWC) had suspended Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for allegedly being involved in anti- party activities.
Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, the acting national publicity secretary of the Jude Okeke- faction of the party, said they decided to suspend Chukwuma Soludo and three other members of the party due to ” their unrelenting effort at ensuring that the party is not united to focus on winning the governorship election, anti- party activities, administration of oath on party officials, bribery of party officials, sabotage, promotion of division”
” The Party is ready for the July 1 primary election and the winner will lead APGA to victory at the November 6th, 2021 Governorship election’
Ikechukwu Chukwunyere described the governorship Primary elections as a sham effort in futility and of no consequence.
” The National Executive Committee of our Party has just finished the meeting and has ratified the Delegates list for onward submission to INEC in line with the INEC Guidelines” Ikechukwu Chukwunyere said.
APGA has been rocked with leadership crisis like most political parties in Nigeria which leads to factionalization like we have seen in APGA today.
There were similar problems in the ruling APC and PDP but each has tried to mend fences and maintain a common front, but before the 2015 election PDP was divided into two factions and some of their members moved into the APC to help Mohammadu Buhari win the election.