One of the most talked about issue in Nigeria is the coming governorship election in Anambra State which will hold on November 6, 2021.
Since the election is less than a month from now, all the participating political parties are doing everything possible to ensure that they win the epic contest. On its part, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is desirous of capturing Anambra which is one of the key states in the South East. But, the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, seemed to have unknowingly made a revelation that may affect his party somehow.
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What Buni revealed that may affect APC in Anambra
Buni while trying to motivate APC members unknowingly revealed a vital game plan of the party on how they plan to win over Anambra in the coming election. Buni disclosed that the defection strategy APC is using is helping the party already and it can help it to win Anambra State in this crucial election. While it is true that defection may be a good strategy that can help a major party like APC to win Anambra as Buni revealed, there are likely dangers the revelation of this plan may bring to APC which may affect it adversely.
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One, other parties may decide to tighten their belts to prevent more members from defecting henceforth since APC still hopes to convince more people from the Peoples Democratic Parry, PDP, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and some other opposition parties to join its fold. It does not take much to make this happen. They will set up reconciliation committees to placate aggrieved members and tell them APC's game plan to use them to win election which may not favour them in the long run if they defect to the party.
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Two, the parties may plan and plant agents who will work against the APC after defecting to the party. This is politics and politicians can go any length to prove their opponents wrong. Since APC hopes to win the election mainly by using defection as a key strategy, opposition parties can plan defections and allow some of its members to join the APC to work against the party in the election. It means that these set of defectors are still going to work for their parties after pretending to have defect to APC. This strategy may work since APC has opened its door to anybody or group interested in joining its fold.
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Finally, this revelation can motivate other parties to focus more on winning the electorates since APC is focusing more on winning defectors. The truth is that most of the defectors may not end up voting. Parties like APGA and PDP are very good at grassroots mobilization of real voters. If APC is focused on winning defectors, APGA, PDP and others will focus on working harder on winning the real voters who can help them win the election. At the end of the day, the party with more real voters will win the election and not the party with more defectors.
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