….As party re-elects Oye, others
By Mokwugwo Solomon
Former national chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and senator representing Anambra Central at the red chambers of the national assembly, Chief Victor Umeh; the wife of the Biafra warlord and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, Bianca Ojukwu; governorship candidates of APGA in Abia and Imo states at the 2019 general election, Dr. Alex Oti and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, respectively, among other prominent APGA stakeholders, were conspicuously absent at the party’s national convention held in Awka, Anambra state, Friday, where members of the national working committee of the party were elected.
Our reporter could not immediately ascertain the reason for their absence, but sources said it is not unconnected with the protracted rift in the party resulting from the party’s recent primaries, as well as the outcome of the 2019 general election.
However, the convention was well attended with delegates from the 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT on ground to choose new set of the party’s National Working Committee.
At the convention held at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, Anambra state, APGA re-elected Dr. Victor Ike Oye as its national chairman for a second term.
The party also retained the Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, as the chairman Board of Trustees of the party, while in a surprise move, Emeka Ojukwu (Jnr.), son of the late leader of the party, who had earlier moved to the All Progressives Congress (APC), was also named a member of the APGA’s BOT.
All the former NWC members of the party, who worked with Oye, and who kept fait with the ideologies of the party, were equally re-elected.
Orient Daily reports that the convention was conducted peacefully, using an affirmative system, whereby the delegates voted by voice vote.
Recall that there had been rancor in the party, during the buildup to the convention, with some aggrieved members mounting campaigns for Oye to be stopped.
Speaking on behalf of the newly elected national working committee of the party, Oye thanked the party for the trust reposed in his leadership, and pledged not to disappoint.
He said, “We are building a new party, and we urge all to put behind them everything that happened in the past, but there are people who will never be happy with our achievement, no matter how visible.
“My business in APGA is to win election, and I have no other business as the chairman of the party than that. I urge you all to put the past behind and join hands with me. We are going to do great things in this party in the next four years. My governor, Chief Willie Obiano, is here, and I am assured of his support.
“In Abuja, they are shouting next level, but in Anambra, with Obiano as governor, they will see what next level truly is.”
Reacting to enquiries by journalists over the nomination of Ojukwu Jnr as member of the BOT after he announced his exit from the party a year ago, Oye said, “He doesn’t have to be a member of the party to be a trustee. I can not confirm to you either that he has joined our party, but he is a member of the trustees.”