Tony Okafor, Awka
A governorship aspirant in Anambra State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Barth Nwibe has described defectors to APC in the state for the purpose of contesting the November 18 poll as ‘food is ready politicians’.
He added that such people had no party ideology, but were propelled by selfish interest of joining any political party that could serve them as a vehicle to power.
He spoke on Saturday as a guest at the Correspondents’ Chapel Forum of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State Council.
He said there were two groups of aspirants on the platform of the party for the governorship election in the state: “those who believe strongly in the change mantra of the APC and those who came in after the party had won power at the centre because they believe they can win election using the platform of the party.
“For me, we have no other party than the APC, and whether the party wins or loses, we will remain in the party. We have been in opposition for 15 years, but for the other group, we are not even sure they will remain in our party if they win the election.”
Reacting to the story making the rounds that he was being perceived in some quarters as the anointed candidate of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, the APC governorship aspirant, said there were reasons for some people to have such impression.
Describing Ngige as a political avatar, Nwibe said he had served him, politically for over 15 years.
He said “The minister is a great Igbo man; he did great for this state as governor. I would love to be his anointed candidate; because I know that if he anoints me, my journey to becoming the next governor of the state is sure.
“However, I must say the story that I’m the minister’s choice is a speculation, apparently because of my closeness with the minister.”
He added that APC as a political party that champions change in all ramifications would organise a free and fair primary for its aspirants in Anambra State devoid of sentiments.
He said it would amount to political suicide for the party to give its ticket to those who had no kindred interest and affinity in the party.
He said, “I believe that APC will conduct a free and fair primary election in the state. This is a party that does not base its criteria for nominating candidates on money. We nominated our president, Buhari because we believed he was the best, not because he had money. So all those people who are joining our party, hoping that money is all, will be disappointed.”