OBIANO CALLS FOR EQUITY, FAIRNESS IN APGA PRIMARIES
By Ikenna Aniagboso
Awka, Sept. 13, 2018 (MOI)
Leader of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Board of Trusties (BOT) Chairman, Gov. Willie Obiano has emphasised the need for free and fair primaries ahead of 2019 General Elections.
Addressing all aspirants on the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) party platform, Obiano urged them to adopt virtues of good sportsmanship in eschewing all forms of violence.
Obiano said this on Sept. 12 at a Retreat/Book presentation of APGA at Finotel Classique Hotel, Awka.
The governor, who was Special Guest of Honour at the event, acknowledged that APGA had truly gone through many challenges to emerge as a strong party.
APGA had emerged from a seemingly regional party to a more robust and nationalist party.
Gov. Obiano observed that the book entitled: ``APGA Trials Tribulations And Triumphs’’, encapsulated the party's political journey so far.
He noted that the triumph of APGA was as result of the passion, commitment and dedication of the founding fathers to the party's ideology.
The governor said he was delighted that these ideals were still maintained and even attracted men of courage and character to the party.
He, however, cautioned: ``all hands must be on deck to ensure fairness and equity in all the party affairs, especially in the forthcoming party primaries’’.
National Chairman of the party, Ozonkpu Victor Ike Oye emphasised the need for the party to promote and sustain internal democracy.
He observed that the time was ripe for the party to consolidate and take advantage of Gov. Obiano's `21 over 21’ victory and achievements in Anambra to expand and extend good governance to other states of the federation.
``We need to make an emphatic statement in the 2019 polls, when we field a presidential candidate.’’
Chairman of the occasion and renowned international medical practitioner, Dr Godwin Maduka extolled the achievements of the party in Anambra through Gov. Obiano.
He observed that the conduct of the party and the achievements of Obiano in all sectors of the state's economy had singled Anambra out as a safe haven for Ndi Anambra.
``The state is also safe haven for investors and as a recognised entity with strategic, systemic and progressive trajectory for socio-economic development and political growth.’’
Former Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku enjoined party members to uphold its ideals and build on past achievements to usher the party into a new era.
Maku, the Party's Gubernatorial Aspirant in Nassarawa State said APGA’s commitment to good governance would surely stand it in good stead to perform well in the upcoming polls.
A former National Chairman of the party, Sen. Victor Umeh expressed his delight at the progress that the party had made so far.
He proclaimed his joy over the honour done to him and other foundational leaders of the party.
While commending the present party leadership, he urged them to uphold the vision of the founding father -- late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Delivering the keynote address earlier at the occasion, Guest Speaker, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo underscored the need for APGA to uphold, protect, sustain and maintain its ideology and manifesto.
Soludo re-emphasised the need for APGA to rise to challenges of the entire country and provide the needed leadership.
According to him, changing the political narrative of Nigeria must become a priority task for APGA, whose resurgence and emergence in national politics is not only key but whose strategic vision will introduce the much needed panacea to the Nigerian quagmire. (MOI)