In line with INEC guidelines and timetable, political parties in June conducted primary elections to pick their candidates for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, South-east Nigeria but the internal crisis might affect some parties come Nov 6th.
All the major parties in the state, namely the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
African Democratic Congress, ADC,
All Progressives Congress (APC) and
The Young Progressives Party (YPP), held their primaries.
Valentine Ozigbo and senator Ugochukwu Uba win PDP primaries respectively to become Anambra PDP candidates.
While the YPP picked its candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, unopposed and peacefully earlier in the month,
African Democratic Congress, ADC, picks Ex-president Jonathan envoy Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, as its governorship candidate on July 1, 2021 lad
it was not so for the other three parties.
Mr Ubah, currently the senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District, emerged as the YPP choice on June 19 with a vow to trounce the other big parties.
But intra-party crises appear to be a lot of the other three big parties in Anambra at their primaries.
In some cases, parallel primaries were held while in others, factions emerged to oppose the choices made.
While APGA and the PDP, which are more popular in the state, are facing deep and unabated factional crises, the APC’s budding challenge may hinder it from capitalising on those crises to create an upset in the contest.
APGA as a divided castle is the ruling party in Anambra State. It has been in power since 2005 at the gubernatorial level in the state.
A former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, on June 23, emerged as the winner of the primaries organised by the main faction of APGA led by Victor Oye.
The Jude Okeke-led faction, which expressed this fear for the party.