Anambra Poll: Labour Party, APGA supporters face-off in Nnewi

The parties are still attacking themselves.

A clash between supporters of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and those of the Labour Party was averted, Thursday, after the leaders of the former appealed to its members to keep calm.

The APGA candidate for Saturday’s gubernatorial election, Willie Obiano, was holding the closing rally for his campaign at the Nkwo Nnewi Triangle, Nnewi, when a drama ensued.

The Labour Party candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, a native of Nnewi, rolled out his campaign train – about ten trucks, buses, and half a dozen SUVs – and circled the APGA campaign ground.

One of the Labour Party supporters told PREMIUM TIMES they were heading to Onitsha.

While Mr. Obiano’s giant loudspeakers at the rally ground belched out his campaign jingles to the scores of supporters present; Mr. Ubah’s train, playing loud music, sang about their principal’s promises to the Anambra people.

An announcer standing on the podium at the APGA rally, irked that the opponent’s loud campaign songs were impeding his speech, began to question Mr. Ubah’s intelligence.

“You have seen the stupidity of someone who wants to rule Anambra. If an elder spills the palm oil, what would a child do,” said the visibly angry announcer.

“If Peter Obi (the state governor) was not a good man, there would have been trouble here now.

“If Peter Obi had given him tax like they do at the Lagos ports, he (Mr. Ubah) would not have all these trucks here. He knows he would fail and that’s why he wants to cause trouble,” he added.

For over an hour, both parties battled for noise supremacy, with the Labour Party supporters proceeding to share hand bills in which Mr. Ubah was stating that he would create 40,000 jobs in his first year in office – a move which angered the APGA supporters.

But there was no violence.

Meanwhile, campaigns for Saturday’s election hit fever pitch on Thursday, with the parties continuing their political mudslinging and name calling on opposition candidates.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, continued their mocking of Mr. Obiano, insisting that he is the governor’s stooge and cannot find his way to his father’s house unassisted.

In their campaigns, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, labelled the APGA as a party of “trained thieves” who failed to conduct local government elections for eight years.

At Awka, and other parts of the state, the APGA continued distributing hand bills wherein they featured Chris Ngige, the APC candidate, and Tony Nwoye of the Peoples’ Democratic Party.

The leaflet labelled Mr. Ngige “a former illegal governor” who proposed no single bill in the Senate, supported deportation of Igbos from Lagos, passed Abortion bill in the state, plans to ban Okada (commercial motorcyclist); and listed Bola Tinubu as his godfather.

For Mr. Nwoye, the APGA branded him a university cultist who was expelled from both his secondary school and the university. They also listed Arthur Eze as his godfather and went ahead to list a string of companies owned by the businessman which has “collapsed.”

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