A former member of the House of Representatives, Uche Onyeagucha, has stated that the All Progressives Congress will not field Muslim-Muslim candidates for 2015 presidential election.
Onyeagucha, who was the chairman of the party’s state congress committee in Enugu, dismissed reports that the APC was planning to field two Muslim candidates for the election, saying those bearing such stories were only speculating.
He told our correspondent in Enugu that the APC was bent on carrying its members along at all times, and would ensure that all interests were accommodated in the countdown to picking its presidential and vice presidential candidates for the 2015 elections.
“If we must carry our members along, there is just no way we would field a Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket. It won’t happen because the party’s leaders are aware of the implications,” said Onyeagucha.
He said, “We won’t even field a Christian-Christian ticket. Every member must be involved in picking those that would fly the party’s flag at the election and ensure we come out victorious.”
Onyeagucha, currently the Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, also urged members of the APC not to allow the frictions in some state chapters of the party dissuade them.
He said, “What is happening is just a passing phase which we shall overcome. All members who came from the legacy parties to form the APC should realise that they must be able to accommodate members who came from other parties.
“You must make sacrifices for other parties, no matter how small they might be before we incorporated them into the APC.”
He added, “Positions from the state to the national levels must be shared equitably between members who came from other parties and the legacy parties like the Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Political Change, All Nigeria Peoples Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance.”
Onyeagucha, who was a former Imo State governorship candidate in 2007, chaired the committee that conducted the APC state congress in Enugu State last Saturday.