There appears no solution in sight regarding the crisis tearing apart the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Anambra state.
With less than 14 days to the governorship election, trouble again has come to the fore as the party’s factions await court’s decision on who the authentic candidate is as a Federal High Court in Abuja, has fixed November 9 for hearing of the matter.
A faction of the party, led by Victor Oye as National Chairman, had held its primary on August 15 which returned the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, as its candidate for the November 18 election.
The other faction, led by Martin Agbaso as National Chairman, held its primary on August 21 and produced Hygers Igwebuike as its candidate.
Both candidates have been campaigning for the election under the party’s banner.
Azubuike Iloh, a chieftain of the Agbaso faction, said only the court will determine who the party’s authentic candidate for the election is.
Iloh made the assertion on Friday in Awka while speaking with journalists on the matter and the party’s chances in the election.
He said that his faction under Agbaso was the one that conducted the authentic governorship primary in the state.
Iloh said the recent order sought by his faction at the Federal High Court, Abuja was in view of the fact that the primary which returned Governor Obiano as APGA candidate, was conducted when a Mandamus Order was still subsisting.
Iloh said that Agbaso was the only legally recognised National Chairman of the party who conducted legitimate primary.
“We have no factions in APGA, i am the authentic chairman of APGA in Anambra under the recognised National leadership of Martin Agbaso.
“What we have now are impostors who are parading themselves as leaders and candidate of the party.
“There was a Convention in Owerri that ratified Agbaso as the National Chairman of party and anybody parading himself as such is doing so at his own peril.
“But some people who believe that APGA belonged to them have refused to recognise the authentic leadership of the party under Agbaso,’’ he said.
“The so-called primary where the incumbent governor was nominated as APGA governorship candidate is unknown to us.
“The primary known to us is the one we conducted and which returned Hygers Igwebuike as candidate.
“Our candidate has been in the field canvassing for votes, everything is still in the legal palace, by the time the decision is taken, we will know who the authentic candidate is.’’
Iloh said that he was not the person to legally fly the party’s flag, noting they were simply arm twisting his faction but only the law courts with competent jurisdiction would decide the matter.
“It is good that the governor is campaigning for us, he is still a member of our party and he is free to canvass for vote for us, it is the party that is contesting not the individual.
“We had prayed the court to stop Obiano from parading himself as APGA candidate but it declined in its wisdom to grant that order because the court felt it should hear from the other side and he has the right to be heard.
“The matter has been fixed for hearing on November 9 and it is our belief that we will be victorious.
“I call on the people of Anambra to vote for APGA in this election,’’ he said.