- Party vindicated, says Oye
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has recorded its first electoral victory in the northern part of the country following wednesday’s declaration of its candidate Hon Adamu Mustapha Danze, winner of the chairmanship election in the Gwagwalada area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
In the result of the re-run poll conducted in some parts of Gwagwalada yesterday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APGA polled additional 426 votes to bring its total to 15,738.
The closest opponent and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate got 14 additional votes, scoring a total of 14,560 votes.
Before yesterday’s rerun polls, APGA had recorded 15,312 as against APC 14,546 and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 6,082, which made APGA to demand that INEC declares it winner of the election.
Addressing party men at the secretariat of the party in Abuja, the National Chairman of the victorious party, Chief Victor Oye, said the victory at the FCT poll had proved that APGA is a national party.
“With this victory, we have recorded in Gwagwalada, nothing will keep us from taking over the affairs of the nation in 2019. Though enemies will work to divide the party, he cautioned members of the enemy’s ploy to prevent them from realising the objectives it has set for itself,” he said.
He added that the party would not allow detractors to destroy what it had been able to build over the past nine months.
“APGA as a political party is a national party, I want to use the opportunity to emphasise it that APGA is not an ethnic or regional party, a regional party does not win any election in FCT. To win FCT election, you must have a national appeal.
“Nigerians have no reason to suffer under the conditions they have found themselves. An APGA government by 2019 will galvanise the human and material resources that abound in the country to build a nation that can compete favourably with the global super powers. Nigeria has the resources and mental capacity to achieve this.
“The meeting with party state chairmen is aimed at fashioning the way forward for the party. The meeting will assess the performances of the party in each state of the federation to discover areas of weakness and strong points.”
According to Oye, the party is in the process of rebuilding its structures to be able to adequately play its role of building the nation economically and socially.
He appealed to the members who were aggrieved to sheath their swords and work for the actualisation of the collective dream of the party.