APGA expresses worry over defections in Anambra State

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Willie Obiano

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The national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye has expressed dismay over the rising rate of defections by top politicians from one party to the other, saying such development does not depict our democracy as matured and reliable.

Although, Oye said he is not bothered with the development, he said there is the need for Nigerian politician to set a reliable standard that would ultimately impact positively on the polity.

Oye’s reaction was coming on the heels of the defection saga in Anambra State ahead of the governorship eletion later in the year.

Speaking in Awka, Oye said APGA remained strong for the forthcoming governorship poll in the state, saying those defecting from APGA to other parties are not members of the party in the first place and they have no strong influence in their respective areas.

According to him, “People are jumping from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC) just because they want to become governor. APGA is not moved by their defections because they did not defect from APGA.

“They should go to anywhere, APGA is not disturbed, we are focused and ready to face them at the polls.”

The national chairman asserted that Governor Willie Obiano, who is gearing up for a second term in office, has performed beyond reasonable doubt and that the people are happy with him; “those people that are positioning themselves as messiahs do not have anything to offer.”

He said many of them that are now jumping up and down, moving from one party to another wanting to become the governor, do not have anything to show in terms of blueprint.

“During Christmas, millions of people returned to Anambra and went back without any sordid incident; no kidnapping, no robbery, it had never been that good. Obiano is the most qualified for the job.”

On how the party’s candidate would emerge, Oye said it would follow democratic principles but stressed that it was an internal affair of APGA. He also assured that the public would be informed when the time comes.

On the state of the economy, Oye said the present state of the Nigerian economy is too harsh for the people and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent and unusual steps to ease the pains.

He expressed worries over the foreign exchange market, saying, “It was unsustainable. Things are hard, times are very difficult, we thought that by now the situation would have ameliorated, rather it is getting worse.

“My worry is the exchange rate, it is uncontrollably depreciating, and it is an aberration that a dollar is exchanging for as much as N500, this is crazy, no economy can survive under that condition.”

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