Prominent contender in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, Chief George Moghalu, has expressed confidence he’ll emerge as the preferred All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate should the party go for consensus.
Speaking with journalists at the national secretariat of APC after submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms, Moghalu noted that winning the Anambra State Governorship election would require consensus of the political elites across party lines, adding that for APC to win the election “we have to generate this consensus and we have to do that only with a candidate that is generally acceptable.”
The party chieftain said, “If I must be honest with you, I will wish there is consensus and that consensus will be me but the truth about it is that, I know a good number has collected forms and I know a good number has returned their forms but that is not to say that there is still no room for discussion.”
The constitution of the ruling APC allows for direct primary, indirect primary and consensus as the three options for conducting primary election to produce its candidate.
There is presently no sign of the party adopting the consensus option but Moghalu remains upbeat there is possibility of discussion in that direction.
“In politics, 24 hours is a long time. I’m sure that consultations will still take place. People will look at the possibility of working together but the important thing here is that, as I always said, every person is qualified to be governor. So I respect that belief as we go along.
“Since Consensus is not the only option, it is either direct primary, indirect primary or consensus. Since it is part of the option available to us, I don’t see why we cannot exploit it because the important thing is that we remain united as a political party, that we remain together because if we are together, the likelihood of being stronger is there. So that door is not shut. I’m sure that we could still exploit that option.
While emphasizing that the election of November 6 will not be a tea party, but rather a strong contest as every party will come to the election with their best with the desire to win, the party chieftain expressed confidence that he has got enough experience to match the demands of the election.
“I’m coming to the business with experience, with knowledge, with capacity, with integrity, with courage and determination to win the election. So I want to once again say thank you to all of you who accepted to be with me at this time,” Moghalu said.
Speaking earlier while receiving the submitted forms from the aspirant, secretary to the national caretaker committee, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, assured that the party will ensure that a level playing ground is provided for all the aspirants at the forth coming party primary.
Udoedehe maintained that the party has no anointed candidate and it is ready to work with who ever emerge at the primary.
“In line with Gov. Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, we are committed to working with all. That is why we need all to join hands with the party by ensuring that Anambra State join the Progressives come Nov. 6, at the forth coming state Governorship election,” he said.