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APGA To Challenge Buhari In 2019 – Chairman

Delta community, NIMASA
Posted: Jul 12, 2016 at 5:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwujekwu Ilozue

Awka – The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has said that it would field a candidate to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Dr Victor Ike Oye, the party’s national chairman, said this in Awka on Tuesday while fielding questions from journalists during a press conference to herald the tripartite celebration of his 60th birthday, 30 years of marriage and the conferment of the chieftaincy title of ‘Ichie Ozo’ by his native Amawbia community in Awka South Council Area of Anambra State.

Describing APGA as a party with clear-cut ideology which has moved from its regional coloration to a global movement, Oye urged Nigerians to openly identify with the party which he claimed is growing by leaps and bounds.

According to him, the party is now firmly rooted in every nook and cranny of the country and is now formidable enough with mass followership and will with the support of Nigerians be in a position to field a presidential candidate in 2019 and offer quality leadership at the centre.

He said that the other political parties, namely: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are “not only lacking in ideology but bleeding internally, and when a man suffers from hemorrhage what follows is irreversible coma”.

In addition to the popularity enjoyed by APGA, at home, Oye boasted that the United Kingdom chapter of the party had been launched.

He reasoned that the agitation for Biafra by the Movement for the Actuallisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) among other sundry agitators for self rule, “is a product of frustration, marginalisation and abandonment”.

The agitators, he said, were ventilating steam and that the Igbo agitating for Biafra had been doing so without recourse to violence, killing and destruction because they believe in the sanctity of life.

The Igbo, according to him, believe in the unity of Nigeria and advocated for a united Nigeria where there is respect for each other’s sensibilities anchored on equitable distribution of political offices and resources.

Assessing the performance of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, Oye said his emergence has turned things around, thus making the state one of the most prosperous, robust and safest states in Nigeria today.

He cited the security Anambra people enjoy presently, as a product of the governor’s intellectual capacity which he noted will make the state grow from strength to strength developmentally.