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Obi is APGA’s problem -Okaforanyanwu By Nick Chibunna

The Imo State Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Prince Marshall Okaforanyanwu, has blamed the crisis plaguing the party on Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State.

Speaking recently to Christian Voice, the party chief accused the governor of having a secret agenda “to destroy the platform which made him what he is today before he leaves office next year”.

According to him, Chief Victor Umeh, as the party chief, had advised him to conduct local government elections which would confirm the popularity of the party, but he refused and began to work against the Umeh executive in APGA.

He dismissed the convention that elected Chief Maxi Okwu as a “Kangaroo gathering of strange bedfellows”, saying that it has since been quashed by the appeal court as winners at the convention were not APGA members.

Okaforanyanwu took a swipe at some Igbo leaders who he said played bread and butter brand of politics and affirmed the proposed All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Igbo man’s hope, being “an egalitarian conglomerate where all have equal opportunities irrespective of tribe, religion, social status and political leaning”

The eloquent party leader who admitted that APGA is the greatest legacy the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu bequeathed to Nigeria, especially Ndigbo, warned that posterity may not forgive anyone who destroys this platform.

On the insinuation that APGA would be swallowed by the intrigues of over-ambitious politicians such as Gen. Muhammed Buhari of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and Senator Ahmed Tinubu’s Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN), he said “I am assuring you that APGA, with the likes of Owelle Rochas is also over-ambitious”.

The party stalwart regretted that Ndigbo have no grip to power in every aspect under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Igbo leaders in PDP are on their own. When you look at the composition of the Federal Executive Council, the legislature, both in upper and lower chambers, the PDP national working committee, and even members of the Board of Trustees, you shudder at what Igbo leaders are doing.

“The Office of the President, Vice President, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of  Representatives, national chairman of PDP and even the chairman of the Board of Trustees all tactically eluded Ndigbo.

He said it was a well designed plot to exclude them from power, adding, “But Igbo leaders among them are very comfortable by picking the crumbs from the table of their masters”.

According to him, PDP had made overtures to Governor Okorocha to return to the party but the Owelle has stoutly refused the Greek gift as there is no future for the Igbo man in the party.

He said that the governor refused to interfere with the impeachment of the former deputy governor, Sir Jude Agbaso, as doing so would amount to aiding and abetting crime.

 

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