Aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State have dispersed to other platforms to seek their political fortunes after a marathon meeting meant to seek peace in the party failed to produce good results.
The meeting became futile after the aspirants insisted that Andy Uba, who is currently the flagbearer of the party, following the June 26, 2021 governorship primary, was not validly nominated as no election held to select him.
The move which came barely three hours to the July 30, 2021 deadline for the closure of substitution window of names by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), came as most of the 14 aspirants dumped the APC, the ruling party in the country, which has made a substantial inroad into the South East, now at par with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), originally in full control, sharing the four states available two apiece.
Only George Muoghalu, leader of the party in the state and erstwhile frontline aspirant, is said to be staying put, with intent to slug it out with Uba, who was pronounced winner primary election of the party held on June 26, 2021 and whose name has since been submitted to INEC as the battle shift has since shifted to the courts, where Uba’s eligibility is being challenged.
Others, including Chidozie Nwankwo, who resolved to move over to African Action Congress (AAC) where Nwankwo is the flagbearer, has been joined by Bennett Etiaba and Geff Onyejegbu(rtd) are to also fly the flag of other parties, while the likes of Ikeobasi Mokelu, Ise Nise opted to stick with Uba.
The peace efforts were led by a special committee set up by the leadership of the APC made up principally by some serving APC state governors. Unfortunately their moves yielded no actual positive outcome.