…Says size of wallet will not influence APGA primaries
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
National chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Martins Agbaso has dismissed insinuations among some supporters of Governor Willie Obiano that the party’s ticket is his own for the taking.
Agbaso told Saturday Vanguard that the ticket is open to anyone irrespective of the person’s wallet or standing in the society saying nobody has the assurance of anything.
“Anybody that is in APGA that is interested in contesting is welcome. We are going to have open primaries and ensure internal democracy,” Agbaso told Saturday Vanguard over the telephone.
“Everybody, every human being irrespective of your standing in the society, the size of your wallet, whatever you are, you must be subjected to primaries. We must show that it can be done and done right.”
Rebuffing insinuations in the camp of the governor that the ticket is his, Agbaso, who was recently upheld by the court as the national chairman of the party said:
“Nobody has any assurance in anything. If he is interested in recontesting, he must submit himself to all the processes of election milestones and if he is the one that our party members want, we will all go out and fight for him and if he is the one that the members don’t want then we will have to give him a good handshake.”
Asked if Governor Obiano has applied, the national chairman said:
“The only way that anyone can show interest is when the time-table comes out, and you buy your nomination forms and once you do that we know you have shown good indication.”
Before the clarification by Agbaso, there had been reports attributed to him to the fact that Obiano should not be afraid that he is an asset to the party a claim that had reassured the governor’s supporters that the ticket would be his for the taking.
Agbaso reportedly made the claim at the Owerri Airport after arriving from Abuja where he had gone to validate his position as chairman of the party at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
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