THE poor performance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State in the 2019 general elections has been traced to disunity and the failure of the party leadership to work together with the grassroots.
Making the claim Friday in Awka, the state capital, during a roundtable with stakeholders of the state, the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo enjoined members of the state chapter to unite and stop working at cross purposes for the progress of the party.
Osinbajo wondered what the chances of the party were in the 2021 state can’t governorship polls if the members wallow in disunity.
He told the stakeholders: “We don’t need to deceive ourselves, we need to ask ourselves questions. How come Anambra got the least votes in the South East and second least in the federation.
The vice president then reminded them that winning the 2021 governorship election was not going to be easy without unity and hard work.
“There is need for APC to move on; Anambra APC must move on. Party leadership must be united, if we don’t work together, nothing will work and we must equally show commitment,” he said, adding that, “no spirit can come and win elections for us in this state; it is time for us to take over Anambra.”
Osinbajo observed that the major problem in Anambra APC was because people refused to join the party because they thought it was a regional party.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari respected the residents of Anambra, given his numerous development projects in the state, but he advised the party men to mobilise their members for them to benefit from the various Federal Government intervention programmes.
He assured them they would always get what was due to them including appointments under his administration.
The APC state chairman, Chief Basil Ejidike, said that the party was strong enough in the state with not less than 250,000 registered card carrying members.
He claimed that APC suffered in the state because of lack of appointment of members by the Federal Government and the absence of support from the centre.
He alleged that APC members were not benefiting from the Federal Government intervention programmes such as N-Power and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme because they had been taken over by the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) government in the state.
He registered the protest of APC against the appointment of Chief Anayo Nebe, APGA candidate for House of Representatives in the last election as Special Adviser (Political) South East by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The state chairman urged the vice president to help in galvanising the leadership of the party in the state to address the issue of disunity within the ranks of the party.
He admitted that if the grassroots was linked to the centre, the next governorship election would be a walkover for the APC.
The Leader of the party in the State, and ministerial nominee, Dr Chris Ngige, urged the stakeholders to keep faith with APC as their concerns would be addressed.
Ngige said that the 2021 governorship election was a task, which must be accomplished as there was immense benefit in having a party member as governor.
Other top party men present include Chief Forte Dike, Dr. Tony Nwoye, Director Budget, Pastor Ben Akabueze, the National Auditor of APC, Chief George Moghalu, among others.