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Obiano, Soludo planned defection rumour childish propaganda – APGA coordinator

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THE All Progressives Grand Alliance has denied speculations that the incumbent Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, and the Governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, are planning to defect to the All Progressives Congress.

National Co-Ordinator of APGA Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe, issued the disclaimer at a press briefing in Awka, on Monday. He dismissed the speculation as “a lie from the pit of hell.”

Speculations where rife soon after the November 6, governorship poll, that Obiano and Soludo were preparing to dump APGA to join the APC. This, according to purveyors of the speculations was a precondition given by “Abuja,” for a peaceful poll in the state.

The PUNCH had reported that prior to the election the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had said the Federal Government would not hesitate to declare a state of emergency in Anambra should the security situation degenerate further.

This prompted Obiano to visit the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa to resolve the issue.

Obigwe at the Monday press briefing said, “It’s important to say it boldly that the battle Governor Obiano fought on November 6, 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 that 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.

Obigwe added, “The only thing Governor Obiano did that worked in favour of APGA in the November 6th governorship election is that he extracted a free and fair election commitment from President Buhari.”

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