The political environment in Anambra has become charged as the state prepares for its governorship election.
Governor Willie Obiano will be ending his first tenure this year and there are reported plans to seek re-election while the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state is already facing the challenge of who to pick as its candidate.
Among the aspirants on the platform of the APC are Chief Obinna Uzor, Chief Johnbosco Onunkwo, Mr Tony Nwoye, Mr Donatus Okonkwo, Chief George Muoghalu and Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.
But the party said it has not anointed any of the aspirants for the election which will hold in November 2017.
Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Emeka Ibe, announced that no candidate had been endorsed while speaking Awka, the capital of the state.
“The number of people that you see today coming into the party is an indication that APC is the party to beat in 2017 Anambra governorship election.
“In APC, we have a history and culture of fairness and transparency.
“The assurance I am giving to them is that there will not be an anointed candidate.
“If you join the party today, you have equal status with members who were on ground during the time of the merger.
“The only people we do not want are those who would create problems. We want people who would support President Mohammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption programme,” the chairman said as reported by Daily Trust.
Ibe said more than 10 aspirants had so far indicated interest.
He said: “We are in touch with serving legislators at state and National Assemblies as well as serving commissioners, who have indicated interest to join the party.
“What it shows is that APC has become the number one party that will take over the seat of power in the state in 2017.”