The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that it will not leave anything to chance in its bid to win the November 18 gubernatorial election in Anambra state.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Bolaji Abdullahi, said this on Thursday at a news conference held at the APC national Secretariat in Abuja.
While the APC spokesman dismissed speculations that it was planning to deploy security and other arsenals to clinch the contest at all costs, he said Anambra was however too important for it to lose.
He said the APC will not rig the election, saying such allegations were coming from the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano who he said is jittery.
“We believe strongly that the speculation of APC deploying soldiers to rig Anambra election is just a mere rumour because there is no evidence to that (effect) and if anybody tells you that the party is planning to deploy the Civil Defence, police, soldiers or whatever to do anything in Anambra, tell the person to provide the evidence”, said Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the party’s spokesman.
“We are planning to win the election fair and square and if you are following the campaigns going on, you will know the impact that our candidate is making.
“The incumbent will naturally be jittery and when a candidate is jittery the first thing he will do is to turn around and accuse the ruling party of planning to rig or whatever.
“We are not going to rig the election. We have won elections since we came to power as a national party and as a ruling party. We have equally lost elections. We lost the election in Osun and if we have soldiers and police and whatever to mobilize why did we not do it. We have lost a couple of House of Representatives elections and a couple of Senate elections.
“So, the speculation that we are planning to rig the election does not hold water. Unless they have credible evidence that this is what we are planning to do, but to make this kind of allegation is not what we should dwell on too much”, he stated.
All APC Stakeholders are behind Nwoye “Whenever we go into primaries as in the case of Anambra where we had 12 aspirants, there will be one level of acrimony or the other no matter the effort you make. But what we did was to get everybody to rally round the candidate.
Yes, there will be residual issues but I can tell you that all of us are working together and have all lined up behind our candidate, Dr Tony Nwoye to ensure that we win the election in Anambra. The issue of people not working together does not arise including the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige who is the leader of the party in the state.
“All of us are working together and we have the National Campaign Chairman in the person of Bauchi state governor. Up till yesterday, we were still meeting to strategize and of course you know that the President will be part of the grand finale of the campaign.
“So, all of us are working to ensure victory because Anambra is very important to the party and we understand the significance of the Anambra election. So, we are pulling everything together and everybody is working together to ensure success in Anambra”, he said.