By Bankole Wright
An alliance of 15 registered political parties called The Mega Coalition, said it had endorsed Senator Andy Uba (Anambra South) as its candidate for the Nov. 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
The Chancellor of the coalition, Chief Perry Opara, announced this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Opara said that Uba emerged from a consensus, and that the decision was arrived at after several meetings by the National Chairmen of participating parties in the coalition, NAN reports.
He said they had scrutinized numerous candidates for the elective position, and Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) came top as the best aspirant for the job.
Opara said that although the APC was not a very popular party in the South-East, it paraded the best and most experienced aspirants in the race.
“There are also other qualified aspirants like Chief George Mughalu, Dr Chike Obidigbo, Dr Obinna Uzor, Mr Tony Nwoye, Mr Barth Nwibe and Dr Obigboh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“These aspirants also have capacity to win the race, but among them all, Sen. Andy Uba tops the pack.’’
The chancellor said that the coalition’s consideration was not on party platform but on individual that had the capacity to win the state election.
“Our consideration is the candidate who is calm, calculated and has capacity to withstand the storm in running for election.
“A political party is like the vehicle to get to the destination while the passenger’ is the candidate. We are more interested in the candidate getting to the destination, which is victory.
“We don’t want to support a candidate for the sake of printing posters and mounting bill boards. We want to win.’’
He said that when the consensus candidate won, the collation would form a “Government of State Unity’’, assuring that everybody would be carried along.
“We don’t want winner-take-all. We want inclusive government in Anambra.”
“Andy Uba stands tall as an Iroko in Anambra State guber election. He will be the bridge between the South-East and the rest of Nigeria.
“He will bring peace and stability to Igboland and be a link to the Federal Government in attracting federal presence to the South-East and Anambra in particular.”
He urged the APC leadership and the delegates in Anambra to choose Uba as their candidate for the election.