The speculation among nationals that some aspirants in the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) were to get automatic tickets have been debunked by the party’s national chairman, Victor Oye, as false and mis-representation of what the APGA stands for.
Oye went-on asking persons desiring to vie for elective positions in the 2019 polls on the platform of the party to work hard.
He restated it that any contestant living on the notion of ‘automatic ticket’ should forget same immediately or else seek refuge elsewhere as there would be a level playing ground for all.
When asked whether the rule would apply to the likes of Senator Victor Umeh, Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator Stella Oduah and Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, the widow of the late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Oye maintained that the rule is without exception.
Oye said, “I do not know if the wife of the warlord is running for senate as you said. If she is interested, it is her right, but she must participate in the primaries. Same to Senator Stella Oduah and everybody.
“There won’t be any sacred cow. Any member of the party who wishes to vie for election on the platform of our party must be ready to contest for the tickets. It’s not going to be easy or business as usual.
“As for the insinuation that I have soft spot for Nicholas Ukachukwu for the Senate ticket of Anambra South and the governor (Willie Obiano) favours Bianca while the former national chairman, Umeh, favours Ifeanyi Ubah, I can tell you that there is nothing like that.
“How can you even think of a thing like that? That is not true. Ukachukwu does not even know my house; he has never sent anyone to meet me about that. I have no favoured person among the three. They are all my friends.”
Also,he distanced himself from the rumour making round that there exists a conflict of interests between him, a former national chairman of the party, Victor Umeh and Governor Willie Obiano over who gets what in the 2019 general elections.
“My primary interest is to move the party forward, and that is what I am doing ….”Oye insists
On the speculation that APGA had perfected plan to adopt President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate for the 2019 presidential election, the national Chairman reminded the purveyors of same that such decision can not be taken by an individual in the party.