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Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has denied claims that he has endorsed the National Auditor of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief George Moghalu, as the party’s candidate in the November 18 poll in Anambra State.

Ngige explained that what he did on Saturday in his Alor home, was a meeting of stakeholders of the party, including governorship aspirants.

During the meeting, he brought up the idea of a consensus candidate for the poll or to cut down the aspirants to two.

“I told them that we can’t go into our primary with 10 aspirants. That would be unwieldy. We need to look for a consensus candidate or trim down our aspirants to two before going into the primary.

“At the end of the meeting, a three-man committee was set up to work out modalities of arriving at a consensus candidate or pruning down the aspirants,” he said.

Ngige said the committee was made up of himself, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Agunwa Aniekwe, and a former commissioner in the state, Chief Chris Atuegwu.

“We’ve appealed to all our aspirants to go and think about our decision and make concessions as appropriate before our next meeting,” he added.

Ngige also confirmed that the APC primary in the State would happen between August 12 and 19.

Author: Yemi Olarinre