Party to hold rally in Awka
Onyebuchi Ezigbo â€¨
The interim National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Maxi Okwu, Tuesday received the backing of the Interim National Working Committee and state chairmen of the party.
As part of the reconciliatory move embarked upon by its interim leadership, APGA said it will organize a massive rally in Awka, capital of Anambra State, on Saturday, to reunite members.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the consultative meeting of the interim NWC with the forum of Chairmen of State chapters of APGA held at Chelsea Hotel in Abuja, Okwu said he intends after the rally in Awka to move speedily with further reconciliatory efforts so that the party will regain its past glory.
Commenting on the reports accusing the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi of trying to lead the party into PDP, Okwu said it is baseless.
“Obi is the face of genuine APGA. First, it took him three years to recover his mandate after it was stolen and since then Obi has made APGA viable and enviable. He has paid his dues in APGA. Is it now that he is on the departure lounge that he can do that? So when people who have joined almost all the parties in Nigeria start accusing Obi of trying to use APGA to secure a greener pasture, then we must understand they are just playing to the gallery,” he said.
In the communique issued at the end of meeting, the party described the appointment of Okwu as a necessary intervention meant to put an end to leadership crisis in the party.
The communique read by the Plateau State Chairman, Dr. Isah Arzyka Jega, endorsed all the resolutions of the national caucus of February 16th which appointed new interim leaders for the party.
“We commend the policy thrust of the interim NWC led by Maxi Okwu on rapprochement, reconciliation and re-integration. We resolved to admit without pre-conditions all former members who expressed desire to return to the party. We further resolved to grant pardon to all previously sanctioned members of the party who genuinely seek to return and re-build the party.”
The meeting further urged the leadership of the party to immediately commence the process of new membership registration and review of membership register as a prelude to the convening of a national convention.
It recommended that the national convention be held in Enugu, after due consultations.
While commending the leadership role being played by the Obi in keeping the party afloat, the communique, expressed the support of the NWC and state chairmen for the measures being taken by Okwu to restore normalcy in the affairs of the party.
The meeting said it has accepted the judgement of the High Court of Enugu State in good faith and will abide by it in order to move the party forward.
“The judgement is a declarative one and until refused by any superior court of the land, the party members reserve the right to carry on with the activities of the party in preparation for various elections lined up.”