The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has denied the alleged planned defection of Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, and the Governor-elect of the state, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The National Coordinator of APGA Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe, who quashed the rumours on Monday at a press briefing in Awka, Anambra State, described the claim in some quarters as absolutely false.
POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that shortly after the Anambra State November 6 governorship poll, rumours started that Obiano and Soludo would join APC as one of the conditions given to them by powers that be to allow a free and fair poll in the state.
Prior to the election, there was a threat of a declaration of a state of emergency on the state by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, which was widely believed to have prompted Obiano to visit President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock.
Obigwe’s words, “It’s important to say it boldly that the battle Governor Obiano fought on November 6th was a battle for the survival of APGA as the only Igbo party in Nigeria. He fought that battle with all his heart and God gave him victory.
“There was never a time Governor Obiano promised anybody that if Soludo wins the election, both of them will join APC.
“Governor Obiano nurtured a good relationship with President Buhari administration for the betterment of Ndi Anambra. The President respects the fact that Obiano is the leader of APGA and accords him that respect.
“President Buhari did not lobby him to join APC because he knows very well that Governor Obiano will not accept to abandon APGA, a party that has Igbo interest at heart and defect to APC.”