Godwin Ezeemo, a ¬†former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra, has defected to the¬† Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), claiming that the APC was not democratic enough.
He told journalists¬†in Awka on Saturday that he decamped to PPA¬†because APC, under which he had nursed an ambition to contest for the state‚Äôs governorship position, lacked internal democracy.
Ezeemo who spoke through Okey Nwoke, the¬†Publicity Secretary of his campaign organisation, said that he defected from APC “because ¬†of¬† the high level of electoral malpractice¬†at its primaries, which produced Sen. Chris Ngige as the governorship candidate.‚Äô‚Äô
He alleged that APC¬†failed to conduct¬†the gubernatorial primaries on¬†the principles of equity and fairness.
“The National leadership of APC had already made up their mind on who would have the ticket; the primary election was, therefore,¬†a mere formality. APC¬†lacked the internal structure to conduct the primaries; so, they just selected their candidate.
“Equal opportunities were not given to all the aspirants; plans for the programme were vague to other aspirants, while all required information was given only to Sen. Ngige. I considered this as unfair and I decided to leave for another party,‚Äô‚Äô he said
Ezeemo stressed that it was illogical for APC, which had been advocating fairness and the due process,¬†to turn around and become guilty of what it had been¬†preaching against.
He described PPA¬†as a peace-loving party, adding that he had decided to use its platform to accomplish his goals and vision for the development of Anambra.
He said that he had a five-point agenda for the state‚Äôs development if elected as governor in the Nov.16 election.
Ezeemo said that his priority areas of interest included infrastructural¬†development, security, education, health, rural transformation and agriculture.
Efforts to get reactions from the state APC headquarters over the alleged electoral malpractice¬†during its governorship primaries proved abortive.
However, the state PPA Chairman, Anayo Obidigbo, said that¬†the party would launch its governorship campaign on Oct. 21.