- Lawmakers in Anambra have been asked to go to their constituencies and work hard to gain the confidence of the people
- The chairman of APGA in Anambra state said the party will not give automatic tickets to aspirants
- He said some lawmakers distance themselves from APGA only to come back recently as nominations were about to start
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has warned that the party would not be giving automatic tickets to aspirants for the forthcoming 2019 general election.
The party said all aspirants on its platform for the 2019 general election would be given equal treatment irrespective of who they are, Punch reports.
Speaking to some members of the Anambra state House of Assembly, the chairman of the party in the state, Gilbert Obi, said it is regrettable that some lawmakers have distanced themselves from the party shortly after they were elected in 2015. He said these lawmakers only to came back recently as nominations were about to start.
He added that APGA would provide a level playing ground to aspirants in its primaries while urging the lawmakers to go to their constituencies and work hard to gain the confidence of the people.
"Any incumbent aspirant who is jittery over his re-election should know that he is not doing well; there are no shylocks in the party who will twist the people’s arm to give nomination to an aspirant against their wish.
“There won’t be any preferential treatment or automatic tickets to anybody. Our party is known for fairness, equity and justice; that we shall do in the forthcoming general elections," Obi said.
Also, the speaker of the Anambra state House of Assembly, Rita Maduagwu, led some members of the House to APGA's state executive committee in favour of preferential consideration in the 2019 poll.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Senators Ifeanyi Ararume and Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, September 5, joined the train of defectors in the country by dumping the party for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
They were said to have had a two-hour meeting with the national chairman of APGA, Dr Victor Oye, at the party's national secretariat in Abuja, where the defection was perfected.
Also, the two politicians are in a running battle with the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
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