No fewer than 15 political parties under the aegis of ‘The Mega Coalition’ have declared their support for Senator Andy Uba in the November 18, 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
Uba, who represents Anambra South in the National Assembly, is among 10 aspirants that have picked nomination and expression of interest forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement on Monday by the ‘Chancellor’ of the coalition and chairman, National Unity Party (NUP), Perry Opara, the political parties said the decision was reached after series of meetings by the National Chairmen of participating parties in Abuja and Awka which was followed by rigorous scrutiny of the numerous candidates for the plum job.
The coalition noted that though APC was not a very popular party in the South East, it, however, parades the best and experienced candidates in the race for Anambra election.
It added that their consideration was not based on party platform but on an individual that had capacity to win the elections come November 18 2017.
The Coalition urged the APC leadership and the delegates in Anambra to choose Senator Andy Uba as their candidate for the election.
The statement reads: “Sen. Andy Uba is cerebral, humane, quintessential, and less controversial, experienced and has the capacity to win elections in Anambra State. He has not lost an election before and has contacts at his finger tips to move Anambra forward. Andy Uba is a national figure who can reach any person in Nigeria irrespective of how highly placed. Andy Uba stands tall as an Iroko in Anambra State guber election.”
“He will be the bridge between the South East and the rest of Nigeria. He will bring peace and stability to Igboland and be a link to the Federal Government in attracting Federal presence to the South East Zone and Anambra in particular”, the coalition explained.
“There are also other qualified aspirants like Chief George Muoghalu and Dr. Chike Obidigbo and Dr. Obinna Uzor, Hon. Nwoye, Engr. Barth Nwibe and Dr. Obigboh of PDP. These aspirants also have capacity to win the race but among all, Sen. Andy Uba tops the pack”, the parties noted.
“We are not in enmity with APC, PDP or any other party. Our consideration is the candidate who is calm, calculated and has capacity to withstand the storm in running election.
“When we win, we shall form a Government of State Unity GSU and everybody will be carried along. We don’t want winner takes all. We want inclusive government in Anambra State.
“It is important to note that Mega Coalitions shall not nominate candidate of only the same party in every state. Each State shall be treated differently considering its peculiarities and the strength of a party and the candidate. It will not be APC all the way”, they added.
Some of the parties in the alliance include the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria
ACPN, Better Nigeria Progressive Party BNPP, Democratic Alternative DA, Democratic People’s Congress DPC and Democratic People’s Party DPP, National Unity Party NUP among others.