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The Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has revealed why he made a last minute detour from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and subsequently supported Governor Willie Obiano during the state governorship election.
Ubah who had earlier contested for the ticket of the PDP to run against Obiano, had in what had been described as a surprise move, dumped the party for APGA with a statement tagged: â€˜Afa Igbo Efuna,â€™ an Igbo word meaning; let the Igbo not looseher name.
Speaking on Wednesday night at the launch of an album titled; â€˜Afa Igbo Efuna,â€™ which was named against his surprise move by Mrs Uju Edochie, a Nollywood actress and musician; Ubah said he did it to secure the name of the Igbo in Nigeria. Ubah described APGA as the only outstanding institution owned by the Igbo people today, saying that Aka Ikenga, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and others were mere pressure groups.
He said: â€œIf the Igbo people will not loos their name in Nigeria, then they must join the APGA. APGA is the only Igbo institution today that is standing that is recognised by the Nigeria constitution.
â€œAgain, I supported Obiano because he was being unduly victimised by people who had had their turn long ago in governance. What I didnâ€™t like was that a former state governor who has had his turn was throwing his weight around as the kingmaker in Anambra.
â€œIf you go to states around the country, you will realise that those who have had their time as governors have all carried on with their lives, leaving their successors to have their time, but here, a former governor did not want to retire.
â€œThat was why I decided to join the battle for APGA. Ohanaeze, Aka Ikenga and the rest are all pressure groups, the one that is recognised is APGA. The name of Igbo will not go underneath, already we are waiting to deliver Umeh for Senate in January 2019. We will replicate same in states in the South-east.â€
Ubah expressed confidence that APGA would make an impressive showing in 2019, saying that Imo was already in the partyâ€™s kitty.
â€œImo has always been an APGA state, and all we need to do is to go and take back the state because Imo is an APGA state and our root is very strong there,â€ he said.
On who the party would support in the 2019 presidential election, Ubah said whoever the party would support must be under strong negotiations.
He said the whole country has already seen from the governorship election that Anambra is APGA in its entirety, so whoever wants to get that must come to the leaders of the party for negotiation.