The crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) may affect its participation in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State despite the emergence of Dr. Willy Obiano as the party’s candidate, a chieftain of the party has warned.
In a statement on Tuesday in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, the party’s Publicity Secretary, Bernerd Akoma said Dr. Obiano could be disqualified as the party’s candidate in the November 16 governorship election in Anambra if the National Chairman and Secretary of the party, Victor Umeh and Sanni Shinkaffi respectively endorse his candidature.
The statement reads, “Despite the emergence of Dr. Obiano as the Victor Umeh/Peter Obi led APGA candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State, the party may afterall not contest the governorship race in the state.
“The sharp division in the party notwithstanding should Umeh-led APGA faction goes ahead to endorse any candidate for the election, such candidate stands to be disqualified if his candidature is challenged in any court of law.
“APGA constitution states that a person is entitled to occupy any position in the party for a maximum of two tenures of four years each. The current national secretary of APGA, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi was elected the secretary of the party January, 10, 2003. By August 2013, Shinkafi will be spending his 10th year and seven months in the same position as the secretary of the party”, Akoma said.