Good to go? Gov Willie Obiano (2nd from left) acknowledging cheers from APGA supporters. The two High Court judgements may have given him the all-clear to pick the lone ticket of his party ahead of the Nov 18 guber poll. The APGA national chairman, Chief Victor Oye, (1st right) is on the immediate left of the gov's wife, Chief Mrs Ebele Obiano (middle).
The coast is now clear for Gov Willie Obiano to contest the governorship primary of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in Anambra State on August 15, ahead of the Nov 18 election. The date was arrived at following two separate court judgements in Awka and Nnewi that authenticated the validity of the chairmanship of Chief Victor Oye, the side Obiano belongs to.
Two High Courts in Nnewi and Awka had last week ruled that factional national chairman of the party, Chief Martin Agbaso, could not organize primary for the APGA and authenticated the chairmanship of Oye.
Addressing select newsmen in his Amawbia country home last weekend on the court judgements, the APGA national chairman, Chief Victor Oye, said they had dealt a hammer blow to the machinations of Agbaso, who he said, never belonged to the party.
He said that consequent upon the recent developments from the courts, the party has now fixed its gubernatorial primary for August 15.
Speaking on the court judgements, he said, "The two Court judgments came simultaneously, and you saw the joy people expressed over it. The court simply interpreted the constitution of the party and said that the chairman of the party was elected through a national convention, and only a national convention can remove him.
'The Supreme Court made this clear in the matter between Makarfi and Sheriff in PDP. So we have resolved the problem, and there is no more problem in the party, and so we are forging ahead.'
Although the general expectation is that incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, will easily win the party's nomination, being the only known contender, Oye refused to acknowledge that, pointing out rather, that as at the time of the briefing, the party's nomination form had not been issued, as a result of which he could not say how many candidates were vying for the governorship seat.
He said the party would start the sale of nomination form within the following week, but refused to state how many aspirants were indicating interest to run on the platform of the party, besides the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
Meanwhile, Chief Oye has denied that former governor of the state, Mr Peter Obi has totally left APGA.
Oye said his party had been speaking with Obi on the need for him to return, and expressed confidence that soon, Obi would return to the party.
'In the first place, he did not leave the party. I am the national chairman of the party and I did not receive any letter from him saying he was leaving. I hold him by his words because he always said that he would never leave APGA until he leaves politics.
'He is still in politics today, and that means he is still in APGA. He is a very important member of our party, and we are talking with him to return, and very soon, he will return,' Oye assured.
On whether Obi would support his successor, Obiano, to win a second term, despite the frosty relationship between the two, Oye said Obi had no option but to support Obiano.
'Forget what you hear, this is politics. Obi laid the foundation of this state, and Obiano is building super structures on that foundation today. You cannot see the foundation, but you can see the structure, but the structure would not be there if the foundation was not laid, and that foundation was laid by Obi.
'He has no option than to support the man who is building on the foundation he laid, so I believe Obi will support Obiano,' Oye concluded.