APGA Election: Victor Ikechukwu Replaces Umeh As National Chairman
Labaran Maku Emerges New National Scribe
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), yesterday, elected its national executives at a National Convention held at the Women Development Centre, Awka.
The party elected Dr. Victor Ikechukwu as the new National Chairman, while the former Minister of Information and governorship candidate of the party in Nassarawa State, Mr. Labaran Maku was elected the National Secretary. The emergence of the duo have now replaced Chief Victor Umeh and Alhaji Umaru Sanni Shinkafi, who have put up a fierce and dogged fight to keep the party’s flag flying across the country.
Others members of the new exco includes the National Publicity Sec, Barr. Ifeatu Okoye; National Youth Leader, Chuks Nwoga and the National Women Leader, Obiagu Amaka Ezinne.
Addressing party faithful, the National Leader and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, Chief Willie Obiano, said, “the convention offers members a chance to build a great political movement and to give a new dimension to Nigerian democracy.
“With this convention, we have a golden chance to lay a great foundation for the emergence of a viable opposition that will enrich democracy in our country. So, this is a rare moment. And we must seize it, define it and turn it into a milestone in the history of our nascent democracy.
“After years of playing at the margins of our country’s political history, the time has come to take a bold step out of the shadows and mount the centre-stage of Nigeria’s political theatre. The recent general elections gave us a chance to test our own strength and gauge or overall appeal across the country.
We came back from the polls with the realization that this great party has not lost its basic appeal; that the alternative model of governance we offer is still the clear preference of the larger spectrum of Nigerians,” he noted. Urging members to brace up for the task of leadering a strong opposition in the country, he said, “the ebb and tide of our nation’s history has swept aside the old political arrangement and opened a door for a new political order.
If my reading of Nigeria’s political temperature is right, there is no better time for our party to attain its manifest destiny and fulfill its age-old promise than now.
Our dear country needs the light of inspiring leadership and the rays of a wise opposition. This generation has a responsibility to provide both in equal measure.”
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