By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja –
A cloud of uncertainty is currently hanging on the candidacy of the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial primaries, Dr Tony Nwoye, ahead of the upcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra state, even as the party has insisted it is waiting for the outcome from Appeal Committee.
This is also as Dr Nwoye has dismissed claims that he mobilized some students to disrupt the party’s August 29 primary election in the state in order to pave way for his emergence even as he expressed confidence in the ability of the committee to uphold his election, saying the wishes of Anambra people must be respected.
The Appeal Committee set up to investigate the grievances that arose from the primary, having received a petition from Sen. Andy Uba, who also contested the ticket, summoning the winner, Tony Nwoye, for questioning in Abuja on Monday.
LEADERSHIP reports that pressures are on the National Working Committee (NWC) to cancel the result of the primary which was won by Tony Nwoye with more than one thousand votes.
But speaking to journalists after facing the panel, Nwoye said: “The committee said they got a petition that I, as a former leader of the National Association of Nigerian Students NANS brought in students who chased away delegates, vandalised their cars and then they, students, now voted; this is not true because the over 4000 delegates that voted were purely executives of the APC ad the statutory delegates who were entitled to vote. And this was a primary election that has been adjudged as the fairest in Nigeria.
“So I made it very clear to the panel that there was no room for manipulation; nobody was beaten or induced to vote”, he said.
“I am not God but I know these are party people. I told them that Anambrarians have spoken as far as the party’s ticket is concerned. It is not about Tony Nwoye. So, I strongly believe that their sacred mandate would be upheld.”
Asked whether he has reached out to his fellow contestants, Nwoye answered in the affirmative but said his former boss, Dr Andy Uba has made himself inaccessible.
He said, “I have reached out to all of them. The only person I have not reached out to is my boss, Sen. Uba; you know when he is your boss, he remains your boss. I have called him on phone severally. I served him loyally when I was chairman of PDP, he was our governorship candidate. I served him loyally and I leave the rest to God. He is the only one who has refused to talk to me. I called him; have sent text messages to him. I have even gone to his house but he did not open his gate for me. All the other aspirants are with me. He is the only person who refused to see me up till this moment.”