Anambra gov’ship: Shettima leads APC pry poll c’ttee

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated Governor Kashim Shettima-led Primary Election Committee and Dr Hassan Lawal-led Appeal Committee.

The APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, inaugurated the two committees on Tuesday at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Fielding questions from journalists after the inauguration, Governor Shettima said he and the chairman of the appeal committee could not be bought by any of the aspirants.

He said his committee was committed to the conduct of a free, fair and transparent governorship primary election.

Asked whether he was prepared not to soil his name in Anambra State, judging from the experience of the PDP, Shettima said, “Look at me, do I have a price tag? The truth of the matter is that I also have here with me, an elder statesman, Dr Hassan Lawal, he has no price tag. He is the Chairman of the appeals committee. We are going together to Anambra with his own team. Conducting primaries is not a rocket science if you put in place a just and fair framework.

“Certainly, there will be agitations, but believe me, it will be addressed and those aspirants who believe in the supremacy of one man, one vote, will at the end of the day smile.”

Shettima had, during the inauguration ceremony, gave an assurance that the committee would fair, just and transparent in carrying out the assignment.

He said winning the election without bitterness and rancor should be the interest of all the aspirants, warning that “internal bickering and rancor can derail” the party from its focus to win the Anambra State governorship election.

Earlier, Senator Izunaso had reiterated the party’s stand that it has not zoned the governorship ticket to any senatorial zone in the state.

Izunaso, who said the winner would emerge though a simple majority ballot, added that over 4,500 delegates from the 21 local government areas (LGAs) would participate in Saturday, August 26, 2017 APC governorship primary poll to be contested by 12 aspirants, including one female.

He urged the committee to accredit the delegates through personal national identification card, international passport, INEC PVC, and driver’s license.

He also implored the committee to hold a stakeholders’ meeting with the aspirants to discuss all the issues with them, stating that no information should be hidden from any of the aspirants.

Osinazo, who said that the APC has “preferred candidate”, added that anyone who wins among the aspirants will be welcomed by the party.

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