A founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Osita Okechukwu has wooed the leadership of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra to strike a merger with APC in the Zikist Model strategy to win the November 6 governorship poll.
Okechukwu, who is a member of the APC National Campaign Council for the Anambra State governorship election, told journalists in Abuja APGA was on the way to losing its first governorship contest in Anambra State after 16 years without the merger.
“It is for this reason that I wish to appeal once more to APGA leaders to explore a Zikist Model merger with APC for a guaranteed seamless victory in the November 6 polls.
“In saying this, I know for sure that APC can win without APGA, but would enjoy the seamless victory with a Zikist Model merger,” he stated.
Two months ago, Okechukwu urged APGA leader to key into an all-important merger to kill two birds with one stone by joining the mainstream and paving way for the emergence of a President of Igbo extraction.
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On speculations that APC was plotting a forceful takeover of Anambra through the institution of the state of emergency, Okechukwu explained that a merger of the two parties would not only cool the political temperature but will also moderate the environment and end up as a political masterstroke.
He recalled the history of political understanding between President Muhammadu Buhari and the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, stressing that it was in that spirit that President Buhari assured Governor Willie Obiano recently last week, that there was no cause for alarm as a declaration of a state of emergency was not on the cards.
He further recalled a similar political camaraderie in 2013 when a faction of APGA joined the merger of APC, adding that President Buhari more or less saved Governor Obiano from opponents of his re-election bid in 2017.
Okechukwu insisted that APGA was missing the point by seeking to remain as a big fish in a small pond of regional politics that has only earned it just one state in the entire federation.
“A merger will not only more than any other factor guarantee Ndigbo the presidential ticket of the APC but it will save APGA from the likelihood of withering away, without tangible dividends of democracy for its followership.
“Anybody who watched His Excellency Willy Obiano in the State House, Aso Rock, closely will notice palpable panic. APC and APGA merger will stop this panic as a Win-Win Scenario,” Okechukwu reiterated.
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