The All Progressives Grand Alliance, the Anambra State chapter, has warned its members against anti-party activities, especially by campaigning for candidates from other political parties.
The warning comes a few weeks before the start of the 2023 general election campaigns.
Anambra state has two presidential candidates: a former state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, is competing on the Labor Party platform, while Judge Peter Umeadi is under APGA.
The warning came through APGA’s state chairman Sir Nobert Obi via a widely circulated letter and was made available to journalists in Awka on Wednesday.
The letter, which was also distributed to members of the state work committee and all local government areas and district leaders of the party, was dated August 18, 2022, ref APGA/AN/08/60.
In the letter, the chairman notes that his attention has been drawn to various anti-party activities by some members who allegedly campaigned for candidates from other political parties, knowingly or unknowingly.
He stated that such activity will be attended with severe disciplinary action as stated in Section 22 of the APGA Constitution.
The Chairman commented: “You may want to know that it is wrong for a member to campaign, solicit votes or attend activities organized by other political parties or their candidates, except our great party APGA.
“Such development is considered anti-party activity and an act of indiscipline in violation of Article 21, our major party’s general code of conduct.
“There are several known cases of members of WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms promoting and campaigning candidates from other political parties. Not a few even go as far as sharing posts promoting candidates who are not APGA members.
“Such action is against the public interest of APGA, which aims to win the 2023 general election, especially in Anambra state, where the party has fielded candidates for all state and national elections.”
However, a source in the party said the warning could come as a result of the widespread acceptance of the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, who has gained widespread acceptance among political parties in the state.