Saturday, March 02, 2013

Umeh, Okorocha Shun APGA’s Rally For Ojukwu

The past National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr. Victor Umeh, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, the Leader of the APGA caucus in the House of Representatives, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, and Senator Chris Anyanwu were among prominent members of APGA that were absent at a mega-rally held by the party to mark the first anniversary of the burial of the party’s leader, Chief Emeka Ojukwu, in Awka on Saturday.
The rally, which was attended by many APGA supporters from the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones, was addressed by the acting National Chairman of the party, Mr. Maxi Okwu, and Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State.
Obi said though the party was not opposed to the merger of political parties, APGA would not merge with any other political party or association but would rather continue to support President Goodluck Jonathan.
In death, he said Ojukwu remained the party’s leader, while he (Obi) was the deputy leader of the party.
The high point of the rally was the reception of a prominent member of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Mr. Dozie Nwankwo, who was Ekwunife’s opponent in the last general election for the Anaocha/Njikoka/ Dunukofia Federal Constituency, and a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Emma Nkwocha, who came in with their supporters.
In a four-point resolution read out by Obi, he said APGA remained committed to the ideals of Ojukwu, which led to the formation and founding of the party.
The resolution, which signed by Okwu and read by Obi said, “We stand by our earlier resolution to continue to support His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan.
“We state that our great party remains committed to good governance in Nigeria at all levels of government. We thank our Governor Peter Obi, for the very good work he is doing in Anambra State and urge him to continue with the good work he is doing in the State and in the country in general.”

----------Emmanuel Obe/Punch, Sunday, March 3, 2013
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