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Umeh Bows Out As APGA Elects New Leaders

Posted: Jun 7, 2015 at 1:24 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue Awka

The long reign of Chief Victor Umeh as national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) came to an end yesterday at the party’s national convention held in Awka, Anambra State capital.

Umeh was succeeded by Dr. Victor Ikechukwu Oye. Oye, a trained communication expert and two time Special Assistant to both Governor Orji Uzor Kalu and Theodore Orji hail from Amawbia, Anambra State.

The party also elected 28 other national Executive Council members among whom are, former Information Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku who replaced Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi as national secretary and Chief Mike Kwentoh, former state chairman of Anambra chapter of the party who now takes the office of the Organising Secretary.

Addressing the convention, Umeh recounted the sacrifices made by his executive to stair the party to its present height.

According to him, the party was sued 46 times and the party defended itself and is today the third surviving political party in the country.

The highlight of the convention was the handover of the party’s audited account up to 2014 and other party paraphernalia.

Umeh also announced that he inherited nothing at the inception of his tenure as national chairman but is leaving N40 million in bank account of the party for the incoming administration.

The party also elected a 46-member Board of Trustees and ratified Governor Willie Obiano as national leader and chairman of Board of Trustees of the party.

Obiano  in his speech at the convention said this offers the party a new beginning and opportunity to soar even higher than it is doing now.

He pledged to continue to assist the party in all its endeavors.

Also, the new national chairman of the party, Dr. Oye promised to lead the party to recover the stolen mandate of its candidates in the 2015 election and pledged to be loyal to the party and work hard.

He said he will build new a cohesive party devoid of rancor and pledged to work as no ones else has done before.

The convention was attended by Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, Deputy Governor Okeke, Dr. Alex Oti who is also member of board of trustees among others.