APGA zones 2021 Anambra guber ticket to South zone —Nat Chairman
To unveil its permanent National Secretariat soon From Chuks Collins, Awka
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), Ozonkpu Victor Ike Oye has reiterated the party’s decision to zone its Anambra state governorship ticket state’s south senatorial zone in 2021.
This was coming on the heels of the pronouncement of the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that it’s throwing open its 2021 governorship ticket to all comers, irrespective of the senatorial zone he/she hails from. That its going to nominate one with sterling credentials to return the party to the Awka Government House.
Oye who said the zoning of the APGA ticket to the state’s South senatorial zone was to ensure its policy of equity, fairness and justice was strictly adhered to.
According to him, it would also give the people of that senatorial zone a sense of belonging in the party where the Central senatorial zone had earlier produced the governor from 2006 -2013 while the incumbent who hails from the North is having 2013- 2021. So it remains the south zone to produce a governor on the platform of the party from 2021 upwards.
With the arrangement, the national chairman noted, it makes it easy for members to save themselves a lot of political, financial and economic stress since the relevant council areas to present their best and capable governorship materials are known early.
The councils include Aguata, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ekwusigo, Ihiala, Orumba North and Orumba South.
Oye said that the party is championing the course of the South East at the federal through its insistence on true federalism, hence must live by example.
He pointed out that an attractive policy like that was worth imbibing and sustained by all, in the interest of equity and fairness.
He therefore urged all electorate to embrace APGA which he described as a movement for the emancipation of all the downtrodden nationwide. That the party has already kickstarted processes to reconcile all aggrieved members occasioned by the last general election, nationwide.
He used the opportunity of the interview to disclose that the party has completed payment for its own permanent national secretariat in Abuja; and would unveil it in a matter of days. He commended all members for remaining steadfast with the party despite mounting personal and societal challenges. He therefore urged all to close ranks, bury the hatchet and resolve to build the party for the future generation.
He said the party was founded in 2002 to champion the principles of justice, equity and fairness, and that moving the governorship position of the state to the southern zone was part of it.
The state chairman, who spoke with newsmen at the party’s Secretariat in Awka said, “This is the reason why the party is uncompromising in its belief in true federalism in the country.
“Anambra, which is controlled by APGA’s leader and board of trustees Chairman, Governor Willie Obiano is the first state government to host the first ever Summit on the Restructuring of the Nigerian-Nation through Ohaneze Ndigbo in Awka.
“We believe in equity and justice, and it is under this strongholds that the party was founded.”
Obi also observed that his party has made zoning and rotation of the governorship seat of the State one of its principles and reiterated that Governor Obiano’s successor in 2022 will emerge from Anambra South Senatorial district.
The Anambra State APGA Chairman recalled that the final decision on zoning and rotation was reached under the supervision and approval of the supreme leader of the party, late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, during a crucial meeting of Anambra stakeholders at Nteje in Oyi local government area.
He assured that the party will continue to encourage the present Anambra State government to remain focused in the task of delivering enduring democracy dividends to the people, as it was also part of the belief of APGA.