Anambra: Nwankpo Emerges ADC Flag Bearer After APGA's Disqualification

Anambra: Nwankpo Emerges ADC Flag Bearer After APGA's Disqualification

By Izunna Okafor, Awka

The African Democratic Congress, ADC, has elected and presented Chief Akachukwu Nwankpo as its governorship candidate for the 2021 Anambra gubernatorial race.

This is coming few days after his former political party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA dialsqualified him by screening him out of the race, for reasons not clearly understood, an act that made him dump the party for ADC.

The ADC primary election which held in Awka, the Anambra State, drew the presence of national and states' officers of the party, as well as delegates from the 326 wards of the state.

The election was earlier planned to be done through ballot box voting, but was finally done through voice voting, during which over 3000 eligible voters in the hall echoed 'Yes' in support of Nwankpo, while only one person said 'No', thereby certifying his candidacy.

Speaking, Nwankpo promised to provide robust security in the state, revitalise agriculture, ensure there is infrastructural development, among  others.

In his word, “ADC is a well-founded party. The national chairman has an amazing reputation for being a man that holds  on to those things I believe that Anambra State needs which is integrity, sincerity of  purpose and focus.

“Anambra is a very unique state. All political parties serve the people of Anambra State and we have a state where men and women of honor decide what to do with their state…”

Speaking at the event, the National Chairman, ADC, Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu urged the federal government to apply international processes and protocols in dealing with matters of the  re-arrested Nnamdi Kanu.

He said, “I advise President Muhammadu Buhari to regard this development as a significant milestone in the nation and peace building in a diverse country like ours. The government must not fail to show valued act of statecraft that posits Nigeria as a disciplined and responsible democratic nation.

“There are established international processes and protocols for dealing with the matters. In all, the citizen’s rights and privilege must be accorded Nnamdi Kanu. Ndigbo, Nigerians and the world are watching. Also, I must say that the adverse performance of the APC and President Buhari government in dealing with our diversity as a country have created deluge of challenges for all.

“The military, police, state securities and intelligence organs are overstretched, depressed and demoralised because of the failings of our political leaders. The president, governors and legislators are all in the same rotten tomato basket. The symptoms are the insecurity, poverty, unemployment, youth restiveness and ethnic militia and agitations rocking the country.

“Our country has become almost irrelevant in international circuit and even to ourselves. Many concerned leaders have been calling for national conversation. Kanu is now in the country. Igboho and others are around. I therefore, call on President Buhari to seize this moment and call for national dialogue for the sake of our country, now and generations to come.”