It is the APGA National Retreat & Book Presentation holding at the Finotel Hotel, Awka and Party faithfuls and aspirants across the nation had gathered in preparation of the forthcoming congress while Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo braces the progressives of the party’s ideologies and principles.
The Leader of the Party and Chairman, BoT, Governor Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano, the Senator representing Anambra Central, Dr. Victor Umeh OFR and the National Chairman of APGA, Ozo-Nkpu Dr Victor Ike Oye are seated and stirring the retreat. Also at the helm of the retreat are the former Minister of Information and hopeful Governor of Nassarawa state, Labaran Maku, the former National Secretary of APGA and hopeful Governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji (Dr.) Sani Shinkafi and the renowned health expert, Dr. Godwin Maduka.
Among the aspirants present are, Dr. Alex Otti (Governor, Abia state), Sir Chikwe Udensi (Governor, Abia State), Dr. Frank Nnaji (Governor, Imo State), Senator Ifeanyi Araraume (Governor, Imo State) Dr. Ikedi Ohakim (Governor, Imo State), Senator Princess Stella Odua (Anambra North), Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra South), Dr. Nicholas Ukachukwu (Anambra South), Amb. Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu (Anambra South), Chief Chinedu Emeka (Anambra Noth) and the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu … Others are the House of Reps. faithfuls, Hon. Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo Anaocha, Dunukofia and Njikoka), Hon Ossy Prestige (Aba North & South), Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezi (Idemili North & South), Chief Godwin Ezenagu (Awka North & South); Hon. Charles Azubike Okoye (Anaocha constituency 1) (in no particular order) and others too numerous to mention.
Unveiling the very insightful and historical compendium of the APGA party which distinctively chronicles the roles of the foundation leaders of the party with particular reference to Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu (Ikemba Nnewi) and Distinguished Senator Dr Victor Umeh OFR (Ohamadike Ndigbo), Dr. Godwin Maduka acknowledged the roles of the honoree, Senator Victor Umeh in leading the party to the numerous victories especially through the various litigations and for his consistency in APGA and its ideologies.
However, Senator Victor Umeh in a remark especially gratitude for the honor given to him by the present leadership of the party recounting certain remarkable experiences even as he urged aspirants to be steadfast in the party irrespective of the results of the elections. He commended the efforts of Governor Willie Obiano in leading the party to the limelight, pointing out that the defection of Rochas Okorocha in Imo state had caused setbacks to the party but optimistic that the coming elections will be a consolidation on the strength of the party.
Similarly, Governor Willie Obiano expressed pleasure with the quality of personalities aspiring to contest elections under APGA. He assured aspirants of a leveled playing ground in the primary urging them to remain and grow the party even after the elections.