Chris Ngige, a former Labour and Employment Minister, believes the All Progressives Congress (APC) will dethrone the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra in 2025.
Ngige, a former governor of Anambra, stated this to reporters on Saturday at his residence in Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area, during the distribution of palliatives to party members, those with disabilities, and the elderly.
He agreed that the APC has two groups in the state, but said the split would not prevent the party from winning the governorship race in 2025 because disgruntled members would be pacified before the poll.
“Of course there is APC 1 and APC 2 in the state. I will not deny that. I am both the father and face of APC in Anambra. I am certain that there are some new comers who have joined us since 2021.
“Because the party is like a church which you do not stop people from entering; you do not stop people from entering the party to look for salvation or to support the government in power.
“But the challenge is that the new entrants do not want to reckon with old members who have laboured for the party.
“The old members laboured for the party from the time we were in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) to Action Congress (AC) to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and finally birthed as APC.”
According to him, these are facts that are undeniable and palpable. But in politics you disagree to agree and if you do not agree, you bear the consequences. We did not agree in 2021 election and the repercussion was clear.
“But it will be remedied this time. The party leadership both at the governmental level and party levels are mature politicians who are versed with the intrigues,” he said.
Ngige, also a former governor of Anambra, said he was optimistic that APC would successfully resolved its crisis and work to take over the state in 2025.
He said that victory was not won on platter but needed extra hard work, warning that the era of writing election results in hotel rooms was over.
“Why won’t I be optimistic? If you are not optimistic in life, then suicide is the next option. I’m hopeful and optimistic that between now and 2025, we will put our house in order.
“We need to be steadfast as party members and you must live up to expectations of being a foundation member and demonstrate tolerance to others by showing them the light.”
Ngige, however, disclosed that he was still on sabbatical and resting, saying that by May 2025, he would decide on his next line of action.
Speaking earlier, Chief George Moghalu, former managing director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and APC chieftain in Anambra, warned against imposition of candidates ahead of the 2025 governorship election in the state.
He also urged new party entrants to join the queue as anything contrary would frustrate chances of the party in producing Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s successor.
According to Moghalu, it is an irony for a tenant to sack the landlord.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the palliatives include bags of rice, and tubers of yam among others.