While the grand alliance that formed the All Progressives Congress (APC) prepares for its first major test with the Anambra State Governorship election, Street Journal can reveal that the alliance has come under a threat that might eventually break up the party. This is coming on the heels of the decision of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Anambra State to pull out of the APC merger ahead of the November 16 governorship election in the state.
The decision was communicated to newsmen in Awka on Thursday by Mike Igwillo, the State Secretary of the defunct ANPP.
According to Igwilo, the party was pulling out because it was neither carried along in all the activities leading to the merger nor consulted about the recent shadow election that produced Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige as the candidate of the APC for the governorship election.
He said “we are marginalised in the party and not carried along. For this reason, we find it difficult to explain the merger to our supporters who now float like sheep without shepherd.”
The State Secretary also disclosed that the ANPP would make its next decision and action public before the end of September.
Also, at a separate news conference in Awka, the state Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Mr. Chuba Ikeagwu disclosed that the party has joined the newly formed People’s Democratic Movement (PDM).
He told newsmen that the APC failed to give a level playing ground for other merging political parties to compete for the governorship ticket in the primaries as he stated that it was an all Action Congress of Nigeria affair. Speaking at the conference, Ikeagwu said “there is no equity in the sharing of positions, ACN dominated and took everything.’