As Anambra state prepares for its governorship election in December 2013, the National Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Alhaji Sadiq Masalla, on Tuesday declared that the governorship ticket of the party is not for sale, but will be claimed by the person that merits it at the congress.
He described the purported reconciliation and unification of the party by its former Chairman, Victor Umeh as a show of comedy, adding that the party is not averse to any peace move, but such move must be genuine, sincere and sustainable.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, the National Chairman in company of the party leaders said that APGA would come out strong from the crisis, describing Umeh led faction romance with Ifanyi Uba as bootlicking.
His words: “You can see how they (Umeh led faction) are bootlicking Ifanyi Uba to be giving them money to continue this fight. All we are saying is that there must be a primary in Anambra gubernatorial election, nobody will emerge automatically.
There will be free and fair primary by the grace of God. APGA ticket is not for sale, it will go for the person who merits it at the congress”.
Masalla warned Umeh to desist from rubbishing the party through the use of propaganda as peace cannot be achieved through such means, adding, “it cannot be achieved by mere propaganda or public deceit.
There should be end to propaganda especially when it touches on the very essence of our party’s existence. Any peace move which leaves Victor Umeh and Sani Shinkafi as national chairman and secretary is not a peace move as it is not sustainable and is therefore unacceptable to the greater majority of our party members.
“The party is not at war with itself or with anybody, all we said was that Chief Victor Umeh and Alhaji Sani Shinkafi have been suspended and they stand suspended. They should give way to allow for general reorganization and sustainable peace in the party.
Chief Umeh has been in office for eight solid years and Sani Shinkafi has been there for nearly eleven years. Within these years, they have committed many atrocities that have stunted the growth of our party.”
The National Chairman said that due process was followed in organizing and hosting the National Executive Committee where Umeh and Shinkafi were suspended, saying he viewed the current actions of the duo as hallmarks of sit-tight Africa leaders.
Masalla however revealed that four National Working Committee members, who were on the side of Umeh before have left him and joined his fold to rebuild the party and prepare for the governorship election in Anambra state in 2013 and the 2015 general elections.
He gave the names of NWC members who recently joined him from Umeh’s camp as Evangelist Chinyere Okeke, Alfred Nwosu, Chris Uche and Bernard