From: David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi
National Auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the party’s gubernatorial aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election, Chief George Nnadubem Moghalu, has lambasted those he said were praying for crisis to erupt in the party.
Moghalu also used the occasion to dispel insinuation of no lost love between President Muhammadu Buhari and chieftain of the APC< Bola Ahmed Tinubu. On the contrary, he said that the two personalities enjoy a cordial relationship.
Chief Moghalu, who spoke at a town hall meeting, at the weekend with the APC Ward executives, held in turns at Onitsha for the Anambra North senatorial zone, Awka for the Central and Nnewi for the South senatorial zones, respectively, also emphasised that APC remained the most vibrant, healthy and cohesive party in the country despite ever-increasing numerical strength of its membership.
While appealing to all members of the party to join him for a symbiotic working relationship to see him come out tops at the party’s primary election, date of which was being expected, he reemphasized his optimism to run for the governorship race to win.
In a question and answer session with the party stalwarts drawn from the 326 electoral wards in the state’s 21 council areas, Moghalu introduced a new unique dimension to party politics when he called out his telephone numbers for everyone to use in calling or contacting him direct whenever the need arose.
He declared that he invited all to work with him, not for them to come work ‘for’ him and urged them to warmly welcome new entrants. He allayed their fears that they would never be displaced as “a tenant cannot displace a landlord from a home he built.” He expressed dismay at some of the new entrants to the party for throwing their weight around.
His words: “Money they plan to come and spend on the party now, why didn’t they bring it two years ago? It will be a shame for APC and its leadership to forget how we started.
“Some of us can confidently describe ourselves as landlords in APC, and can not be driven away by new members, no matter how rich. I am in this race because I know what I can offer. We have superior ideas to develop Anambra state and we will not hesitate to liberate our state,” Moghalu said.
He charged the members to be wary of money bags who he said wanted to reap where they did not sow, who would attempt to buy their conscience with money. He urged them to collect the money or whatever they would offerthem, but should remain steadfast to vote according to their conscience.
Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting, the governorship hopeful noted that “enemies of our party APC have always prayed for it to have problem and break, but instead of breaking, we are getting stronger as more and more people are joining us daily.
“They have even claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari and the national leader of our party, Alhaji Bola Tinubu are having problems, but I am telling you now that the two leaders of our party are having the best of relationship, very cordial one for that matter.
“There is nothing wrong about their relationship, they are very close to the best of my knowledge, they are leaders, Mr President and the national leaders of our party are leaders of APC, I do not think there is anything wrong about their relationship to worry anybody.”
On the fears by the North Senatorial Zone Ward officers over the list of delegates to be used for the governorship primaries, Chief Moghalu expressed confidence that the national leadership of the party will not allow any illegality and assured that proper delegates list would be used at the appropriate time.
He said: “Statutory delegates like us will only be 35 for the primary election, the bulk of the delegates will come from the wards, and we will ensure that only those who are delegates will vote in the primaries. So if you decide that I will be the candidate, no one can say otherwise.”
Assuring the chairmen that he would ensure that every member of the party was carried along in his government, saying that no new entrant would join the party and assume greater role than those who have been working for the party. He appealed to them to support his aspiration.
In his remarks on behalf of the Ward chairmen at the Awka meet, Mr Joseph Oguguo, chairman of Awka South Ward One, and chairman of all ward chairmen in Awka South council, praised Muoghalu for being a forthright party man who had consistently and conscientiously been in APC, even at its trying moments when others were flocking to other parties.
He described his consistency in APC an asset to the party, and assured him of their readiness and willingness to work with him.
Muoghalu was a founding member and National Secretary of the All People’s Party (APP), which later transformed into the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) before joining the APC in the merger, has remained in the mainstream national executive where has discharged himself a trustworthy, dependable, loyal, disciplined and consistent party man. He is currently the national auditor of the party.