APC primaries: Andy Uba’s chances brighten as Okeke steps down for him
A former House of Representatives member, Chief Ralph Okeke and an aspirant of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Anambra Governorship race has announced his withdrawn from the contest.
In announcing his withdrawal Saturday in Aguata, he said he was stepping down for Senator Andy Uba who is also a frontline aspirant of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC).
Fourteen aspirants have so far indicated their intention to participate in the party’s governorship primaries slated for next month.
The large number of aspirants has prompted the leadership of APC and its committee for the Anambra election headed by Senator Jim Nwobodo, to be consistently appealing to the aspirants to close ranks so as to reduce the number aspirants during the primaries.
Chief Okeke, who was also the running mate to Senator Chris Ngige in the 2013 Anambra governorship election, said he decided to quit the race to support Senator Uba having discovered that the two-term senator was better than him in all political considerations.
He said he would join forces with Uba to capture the state for the APC in the November poll. Speaking about the senator who represents Anambra South, Okeke said: “With his pedigree in politics, only Senator Andy Uba has the required experience and grassroots support to defeat the incumbent governor and other people in the race for the November 18 poll. With my level in politics and experience so far, I have understood that we all need to make sacrifices for the good of our party.
“Having watched the political terrain, I have decided to stop my campaign to become the APC candidate because I have seen the most qualified candidate in the race in every definition of it. Senator Uba has the pedigree and capacity to win this election for the APC in Anambra State. “This is a man who possesses enormous goodwill, a gentleman to the core, a man who keeps his word. “No aspirant on the platform of the APC has the contacts, the structure and the required resources to battle the incumbent governor who we all know has the financial capacity for the elections.”