From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) will today close the sale and submission of expression of interest form for the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State. Already, the party has raked in N153 million from the sale of the Expression and Nomination forms.
A total of 14 aspirants picked the form, which sale commenced on July 29 at the party’s National Secretariat in Libraville, Wuse, Abuja. The aspirants coughed out N2million for the expression of interest form and N10million for Nomination Form for men while female aspirants paid N5million. Uche Ekwunife of the House of Representatives is the only female aspirant.
So far, according to the party, one of the aspirants failed to pick the nomination form, having failed to pay the mandatory N10million.
The aspirants, who collected the party’s forms include Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo, Chief Odenigbo Paul, Uche Ekwunife, Chukwuemeka Nwogbo, Mr Nnamdi Edwin Ekweogwu, Prince Emeka Okechukwu John and Oseloka Henry Obaze.
Others are Dr Chike Obidigbo, Patrick Onochie Obianwu, Willie Obiano, John Chuma Nwosu, Nweke Emmanuel Tony Nnacheta and Chinedu Francis Idigo . Speaking on his aspiration, Nwogbo dismissed the rumour that the party had chosen the person that will fly its flag in the governorship election.
He said: “It is a rumour and I don’t work with rumours.” The House of Representatives member said he was in the race because he wanted to transform the state. On the recent announcement by Governor Peter Obi that the office would be zoned to Anambra North, Nwogbo, who was accompanied to APGA office by a crowd of supporters, said though the governor might have good intention, the reality on ground did not favour the recommendation.
“These arrangements you are talking about is Governor Obi’s thinking.”