Hon. Chiedu Godswill Eluemunoh is a member of the APC in Anambra State. In this interview with EJIKE EJIKE, he speaks about the chances of the party in the state as the general elections approach
Considering the fact that Anambra is an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) State, what are your chances of winning the election next year?
Well, as a political scientist and lawyer, I deal with empirical evidences. If you check in the last Gubernatorial election, even though our party was largely (allegedly) sabotaged in the election, if you check the figures of the results, you will see that our party scored ninety something thousand votes in Anambra state and believably, without support, real electoral votes. So, if you go by that statistics, you will see that if we improve on what we did in the last governorship election, our party will be the party to beat in the coming election. So, we are very upbeat about it, and we are sure that given the right environment, our party will survive and succeed in winning the National Assembly and Presidential election, and the state election in 2019. So, we are upbeat about it. We are very happy that, the way things are going, with the unfolding events in Anambra state, that gives us more impetus to claiming that victory.
Are you hanging your confidence on the drama that is playing out in Anambra state?
Yes, we already have a pass mark, like I told you. With what is unfolding right now in the Anambra state House of Assembly, where you know that in the last primary elections, APGA, as a political party, betrayed their members; failed their members. And, the leadership of the party, which includes the Governor, failed to live up to the expectations of their supporters. With the overwhelming disgruntled party members hovering around APGA, and with the current situation, I believe that the APC, with our membership register (that is rising), are going to make a good head way.
What is your take on the crisis rocking the Anambra State House of Assembly?
It is a very simple thing; it is a legislative procedure. It is a parliamentary issue. Normally, when Speakers don’t do well, you remove them. Even in my own tenure in the National Assembly, I was a member of the panel that removed the Speaker. We removed our Speaker, and nothing happened. It is a parliamentary matter; not one of the executive. The speaker, the deputy speaker was in plenary, and a vote of no confidence was moved against the speaker. He conducted it and out of 22 (members), 20 voted and two abstained. The speaker was removed, she accepted her removal. After going to see the Secretary to the (State) government, she now came out to say it was a charade; that nothing had happened. I am appealing to Mr. President to order the Anambra State Police Command, to lift the siege at the Assembly, so that the new speaker can do his work. The Speaker has been elected; it is a parliamentary thing. He has been elected with popular votes; he should be allowed to do his work. I know that the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, is a very experienced officer. They should lift the siege, so that Ikem Uzoezie, who is the current speaker, will be able to do his work. Because, by besieging that place, you are helping the former speaker to say that nothing has happened. So, I am calling on the CP Anambra state; I am calling on the DSS State director, I am calling on the IGP and Mr. President to order, that the siege be lifted, so that the current speaker will be able to do the job by which he was elected by his colleagues. If the governor is not doing well, and the speaker is (allegedly) shielding the governor, so be it. She has been removed means that she has been removed.
What I am saying is that the government in Anambra state is not working. It is not working according to what they promised the people. Now, they have (allegedly) brought the issue of gangsterism and intimidation into the State and this is why I am calling for the members of the assembly to impeach the governor.
Also, I am calling on the 21 lawmakers, who are members of APGA to come to the APC, where they will be welcomed and treated with respect.
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, and considering the security situation in the country, what does the APC-led federal government intend to do, to secure lives and property during and after the polls?
We asked our people in the North East, North West, North Central to give us sometime. You know, PDP was in power for a very long time, For you to begin to turn things around, you need more than four years to do that. So, we are just turning things around. It takes time for one to navigate the problems APC met in this country. We just managed these three years, to position the aircraft for take-off. And, we are only asking for time for us to now implement our policies and wishes for our people.