The Anambra State Governorship Election coming up in November has continued to raise tension with Supporters of All Progressive Congress (APC) engaging in hot exchange of words over the emergence of Dr. Tony Nwoye as candidate of the party.
A group of concerned APC supporters in Anambra State has sent a warning notice to the Appeal Committee of the just concluded primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the effect that if the party retained Dr. Tony Nwoye as its standard bearer in the November 18 governorship election, it would lose the election.
The claims of the group were rejected in another statement issued by a supporter of Dr. Nwoye, Barrister Ken Arinze, a former commissioner in the state who served in the Dr. Chris Ngige administration.
He described the anti-Nwoye advocates as hungry men based in Abuja with the aim of getting as much money as possible from Senator Andy Uba.
Dr. Nwoye, a former national president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, a member of the House of Representatives and a medical doctor won the APC primaries conducted by the Governor Kassim Shetimma panel with 2,154 votes beating Senator Uba who scored 931 votes to second place.
The anti-Nwoye group virtually called for the cancellation of the election on the allegation that Nwoye won through doubtful circumstances.
In a release titled “The Unsellability of ‘Candidate’ Tony Nwoye” and signed by its coordinator, Ifeka Egbunike, the group which claims to have keenly been monitoring the processes of the governorship primaries vehemently rejected Nwoye as the APC candidate on several grounds.
The group said it would rather prefer Senator Andy Uba in whom it has confidence as the only alternative to the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano. For the group, Senator Uba has experience, maturity and political sagacity on his side. Above all, the group said Uba is independent-minded and people-oriented. The group which is still palpably traumatized over the outcome of the primaries doubted the figures allocated to Andy Uba.
Responding, Barrister Arinze dismissed the call saying it would amount to putting truth on its head. Arinze, a leading stakeholder of the APC in Awka North described the agitators as charlatans operating from Abuja with desire only focussed on feasting on Senator Andy Uba’s money. Arinze rebuffed insinuations that Dr. Nwoye was not as formidable as Senator Uba. According to him Nwoye, had proved himself as president of NANS, a medical doctor and lawmaker representing Anambra East/West Federal Consitutency in the House of Representatives.
Arinze in his statement said: “Those people are charlatans people who seek daily bread from Andy. Andy is not on ground, he has never presented himself for election since 2007. The man is too far from the electorate, this is the product of being too far from the electorate. Even the market men and women will tell you that Tony Nwoye is a household name. These are cloned works in Abuja not in Anambra, if they come to Anambra they will be demystified just as their principal has been demystified.
“In 2013 when Tony Nwoye offered himself to contest the governorship in PDP, Andy Uba ran away and organised his own parallel primary which nobody reckoned with. I want to point out that Andy Uba did not come second in that primary, because Tony was first, Tony was second, Tony was third and Andy was fourth,” the former commissioner said.