By Onyebuchi Ezigbo
Opposition political parties have mulled plans to have a working accord during the forthcoming election into the six Area Councils under Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Under the proposed alliance, leaders of opposition parties, including the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) were said to have perfected plans to field candidates only in the areas where they have electoral strength.
The Deputy Chairman of APGA FCT chapter, Mr. Anyaegbunam Okoye, who spoke about the opposition collaboration at the weekend during the conduct of party primaries to choose APGA candidates for the FCT council elections in Abuja, said meetings being held to actualise the accord.
“Opposition parties are meeting towards forming a joint force to take over power from the People Democratic Party ( PDP) in the FCT council elections. Part of the strategy is that alliance parties will be fielding candidates in those areas where they have strength,” he said.
Okoye said APGA will be contesting for positions in four Area Councils, including, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Kuje Area Council, Bwari Area Council and Gwagwalada Area Council.
He explained that based of the experiences during previous elections, the aligning parties are aware of their areas of strength and that they are going to use it to an advantage.
“We have decided to concentrate our efforts in the catchment areas where we think we have electoral advantage. We are presenting candidates in those areas where we feel we are popular based on previous elections.
“ACN is choosing some areas while ANPP and CPC are adopting similar measures. So we know where we are strong and that is part of the alliance plan,” he said.
Earlier at the APGA primaries held at the party’s national secretariat at Wuse II in Abuja, Mr. Philip Chukwuebuka Okoli, emerged victorious as the party’s Chairmanship candidate for the AMAC election, beating Abdulfattah Abdulrahman, to the second place with 91 votes against 14.
Also, Comrade Ayeni Kazeem, was chosen unopposed to fly the party’s flag at the chairmanship election in Kuje Area Council. All the party’s candidates for the councillorship positions were confirmed unopposed during the ceremony that went on peacefully under the supervision of representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agents.
Okoye said:“The trend now in the country is that electorates are no longer voting just along party lines but they are looking at personalities involved.”
The crisis in APGA is an internal party affairs but we are looking for votes from voters who are not party members.
“We are campaigning for votes from people who are not party members and as such the crisis might not be a factor. So if we field a credible candidate, I think we can win the election,” he said.