I’ll Remain Loyal To APGA Says Ex-Anambra SSG

By Michael Jegede

Despite his disqualification by All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) from contesting for the governorship ticket of the party, the immediate past Secretary to Anambra State Government (SSG), Oseloka Henry Obaze, has declared that he will continue to remain faithful to his party.

Obaze, who was seen as one of the leading and credible aspirants for the ticket of APGA in the forthcoming Anambra governorship poll, made the declaration in an interview in Abuja.

The erstwhile SSG was disqualified at the weekend on the ground that he had no voter's card by the committee set up by APGA to screen the party's aspirants for the November 16 governorship election in the state.

Even though he was disappointed that the appeal panel refused to yield to his request to produce the voter's card on Monday, August 19, 2013, which was the date INEC fixed for the commencement of voter registration update, Obaze said: “If you are in a party you are

supposed to be loyal. I am loyal to the party. I told that to the screening panel.

This is a setback. It is a temporary one. Ultimately, I am a politician. The party has made its choice. They would have to live with the decision. But being a loyal party person, we will wait to see who emerges. I will do my utmost as a member of the party and I will give support to whoever emerges.”

The ex-SSG, a US-based technocrat and employee of the United Nations who only returned back to the country last year May after about 30 years due to his appointment by Governor Peter Obi added: “I will not take any legal action and I will not leave the party. You either

believe in something or you don't. You cannot make changes from outside. And if it is every time there is a crisis in the family, you change your name, you leave your family, you leave your town. Then, you will become a vagabond. Those who do that, do it for political convenience because they see it as a way of survival. I am not a career politician. I am technocrat. I am a public servant. I am not going to sit here and cast aspersion at anybody. No! I won't do that.

That would be cheap shot and it will be very un-dignifying and infra dig if I may say so.”