President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Dr Andy Uba of his support ahead of the election.
Speaking when he received the gubernatorial candidate at the State House, Abuja, yesterday, the president said, “I am happy to formally welcome you. I certainly wish you the best of luck. I’m anxious for your success, and will closely follow.”
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina , the candidate was accompanied to the event by the chairman, caretaker and convention planning committee of the party and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, Governors Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, and Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, who is also chairman, Campaign Council, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha and minister for special duties and intergovernmental affairs, George Akume.
Governor Mai Mala Buni said APC daily receives new entrants from Anambra State, citing the recent decamping of Senators Stella Oduah and Joy Emodi, adding that “Anambra is ripe for us, and we will work together for victory.”
In his remarks, Gov Uzodimma, as chairman of the campaign council, assured the president that the message of the party would be taken to the people of Anambra, “which will translate to victory for us in November.”
He also thanked the president for making the job easier, “because of the integrity and honour you have in Nigeria. Your name opens doors for us, and lots of people come into our party today because of it.”
“By the grace of God, we will be successful,” Gov Uzodinma concluded.
Speaking to State House correspondents, Uba dismissed insinuations that cracks in the Uba family may hamper his chances.
He said, “Well, if you talk about being divided, we are not divided. And I will tell you for sure that we are not divided. At the end, everybody will see that we are not divided. We’re going to win Anambra State, APC will win Anambra State under me.
“Well we have been talking with the governor of Imo, can tell you that we have had meetings, we’ve agreed on what am I going to do.”
On his part, Buni said the party is reconciling aggrieved members in Anambra State.
According to him, “We have a committee to that effect that is working hard to bring all our members together in Anambra State.”