The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) today held its National Convention in which it renewed the tenure of its National Chairman, Chief Victor Oye for another four years.
The very peaceful and successful National Convention witnessed an impressive turnout by delegates from all states of the federation at the Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre Awka where the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano was also returned as the party’s Board of Trustees Chairman and National Leader.
Also returned as members of the 32-member BoT are Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu, wife of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Senator Victor Umeh, former National Chairman, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka and Dr Uju Okeke.
Meanwhile, the new APGA Board of Trustees also has new entrants like Chief Chukuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Jnr, Prof Charles Soludo, Dame Virgy Etiaba, Dr Mrs Ifeyinwa Obegolu, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, br Shola Oyedeji, Chief Sunday Umeoduagu, Labaran Maku and Chief Chief Chikwe Udensi.
Others include philanthropist, Chief Anthony Enukeme (Tonimas), Alhaji Habib Gajo, Chief Paul Odenigbo, Hajia Hauwa Ibrahim Funtua, Nubunga Bako, Barr Ahamdi Emmanuel Nweke, Gen W. T Gbor, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed, Group Capt. Joe Orji, Alhaji Abubakar Chika Mohammed, Prof David Bamgboye, Chief Patrick Obianwu, Hon Uche Okafor, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, Hon Anayo Nebe, Hon Ben Nwankwo and Pat Offiah.
It would be recalled that as is the standard practice, APGA had a few weeks ago, dissolved its Board of Trustees in the run up to its National Convention.
In his remarks at the Convention, the newly returned BoT Chairman and National Leader, Governor Obiano commended the party for demonstrating enviable maturity in conducting all the Ward and State Congresses in the build up to a very successful National Convention.
He specifically commended the party’s National Working Committee for doing an excellent job and charged the party faithful to march forward with a renewed vigour like the Disciples of Jesus Christ did after experiencing the phenomenon of the Pentecost and spread the gospel of APGA across Nigeria.
“If all of us here work very hard in our various places from today, APGA will overtake other parties in the country. And considering the peace with which we conducted the congresses and now the National Convention, I can say with all authority that the people that were elected were elected properly and therefore the choice of the people,” Governor Obiano remarked and further observed that the entire process had no rancour.
He charged party faithful to be proud of APGA, urging them to proudly adorn party colours and emblems to everywhere they went. “We have done very well. We are the third largest political party in Nigeria and from this position we can leapfrog to the first position. And it is very easy to achieve because if people see that there is peace and decorum in this party, they will join us en masse and that will turn the fortune of this party,” he further added.
Earlier in his address, the come-backing National Chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Oye had silenced whispers about his integrity when he declared that all the funds the party had realised in the last primary elections were very much intact.
Said he, “We are very happy and proud to announce to this distinguished audience that in the last primary elections we ensured that every kobo that people paid to the party counted; every kobo is in the coffers of the party. Nobody touched a dime out of that money. And we made a total of N1.3bn.”
Ozonkpu Oye reminded party members to recall that in 2015, the party had outlawed all cash transactions and insisted that every kobo must be paid into its accounts for accountability, probity and transparency.
Consequently, the party chieftain appealed to all members of the party nursing different degrees of injuries to return to the party and move forward in the new dispensation.
“I use this opportunity to appeal to our brothers and sisters who feel aggrieved, to put the past behind them. What God has set in future for all of us is bigger than whatever you thought should have come to you in the past. There is hope for this party and there is hope for everybody that has found it worthy to identify with this party,” he declared.