Tobi Soniyi in Lagos
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and member of the Buhariâ€™s Campaign Organisation in Anambra State, Stanley Ugbo Okeke, appealed to Senator Andy Uba to accept the outcome of the primary and support Tony Nwoye who last Saturday emerged the partyâ€™s candidate for the Anambra gubernatorial election.
Okeke, who said he worked for Uba before the primary called on all supporters of the party to rally behind Nwoye for the governorship election.
In a statement he issued yesterday, Okeke called on the leadership of the party to reconcile all factions now that the primary was over.
He also called on all other aspirants who lost to Nwoye to support him and help the party to win the race.
He said: â€œAs a party, a lot of our party faithfuls had worked for other aspirants during the primaries including my humble self who worked for Uba but no matter the affiliation of any party member prior to the primaries, our success at the coming elections depends on how quickly we will close ranks move on as a reconciled family and one
â€œI wish to use this opportunity to call on our most distinguished Uba to accept the outcome of the exercise in good faith as an act of God, and to extend his hands of fellowship to Nwoye as a father figure to pave the way for a true
reconciliation reconciliations on which our great party will clinch the victory in the next election.
â€Ž â€œAs the delegates of our great part have clearly made their choice by choosing and as he starts the journey towards Government House Awka, we must all make every conscious effort towards reconciling all parties involved in this exercise so that together we can form that formidable force which can achieve our collective aim of taking over the affairs of our dear state.â€
He congratulated Nwoye for his victory at the primaries, and also assured him of his support for the election.
According to him, leaders of the party like Dr Chris Ngige have a total responsibility â€Žto reconcile the party and bury
all hatchets towards the battle ahead. â€œNwoye on his part must show uncommon maturity, magnanimity and loyalty in victory by reaching out to all to enable peaceful reconciliation and fence mending as this is the only way towards our victory come 18th November,â€ he added.
Okeke said that like the APCâ€™s symbol, the broom could only act effectively when united adding that only a total unity could sweep the party to victory.
He said: â€œThere is no room for division now and anything short of total reconciliation will be fatal to our future.â€