AWKA—The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Anambra State has begun moves aimed at winning the National Assembly and State House of Assembly seats in the state during the 2019 general elections.
At the stakeholders meeting for Anambra, South Senatorial zone held in Nnewi, the party said there were indications that many legislators from other political parties would defect to APC as the election drew near. State chairman of the party, Mr. Emeka Ibeh, in a goodwill message he sent to the meeting, urged APC members not to relent in membership drive, advising them “not to hesitate to accept those wanting to join the party from other political parties.”
According to him, “the leadership of the party is already fashioning ways of repositioning APC in the South East geo-political zone ahead of the elections,” explaining that the Nnewi meeting was put together to provide a platform for major stakeholders and leaders of the party in the area to brainstorm on the way forward.
The deputy governorship candidate of the party in the November 18, 2017 election, Mr. Dozie Ikedife (Jnr.), who also addressed the participants, emphasized the need for peace, unity and cohesion among the stakeholders in the zone to be able to achieve the desired objective.
He observed that “there is serious work to be done to ensure stability in the party to be in a position to deliver APC, President Muhammadu Buhari and all APC candidates from the zone in the forthcoming general elections.”
In his speech, the zonal chairman of the party, Mr Izuchukwu Okeke promised a level playing ground for all aspirants and urged APC members to go into the field for the great task ahead.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has alerted the public that the on-going continuous Voter Registration exercise in Anambra State would be suspended on the 17th of August.
The Head, Voter Education and Publicity in the commission, Mr Leo Nkedife says the exercise will be suspended in all the 21 local government areas of the state.
Mr Nkedife said the suspension was to enable the commission have enough time to process the registeration and produce the Permanent Voters Cards, PVC, before the 2019 general election.
Explaining that the exercise would continue after the general election, Mr Nkedife maintained that ”the collection of PVC would be ongoing till the 18th of February, 2019.”
He therefore appealed to all the citizens who have not yet registered or who lost their cards to avail themselves of the opportunity.
“Those that want to transfer their PVC from one location to another or those whose PVC was defaced should use this opportunity to update it now that the exercise is on,” he said.
Mr Nkedife commended the people of Anambra State for their cooperation as he cautioned against double registration and using fake PVC during election.
He also discouraged youths from being allowed as an agent for election malpractices.