APGA Nat Retreat acquaints members, aspirants with party’s manifesto, ideology
By Kingsley Ezekwelu
The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has described all the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) aspirants as people of quality and capacity.
The governor made this assertion at the just concluded APGA retreat which also featured a book presentation, was themed, “APGA: The Trials, tribulations and triumphs”, which took place at the Finotel Hotels, Awka Anambra State.
Gov Obiano, Senator Victor Umeh, (Anambra Central); former Minister of Information/Secretary of the party, Mr Labaran Maku and other major APGA Stakeholders from all over the country attended the event.
Participants also included all the aspirants from all over the country, ranging from the presidential aspirants down to the states assemblies hopefuls.
The event, the party disclosed was aimed at creating the platform for interaction and networking among them, as well as to educate them on their responsibilities towards their various constituents and to familiarize them with the manifesto of the party.
Also as a platform to evolve strategies through which the party can raise its capacity to generate sufficient funds for its effective functioning by getting the aspirants to commit to supporting the party.
Gov Obiano who is the National Leader and Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, while noting that the aftermath of the primaries would determine the future of the party, assured that the party’s primary elections will be free, fair and transparent.
Acknowledging that APGA presently has an array of competent personalities vying under its platform, Obiano cautioned the aspirants against all forms of thuggery during the primaries, reminding them that it’s only God that institutes leadership.
The National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Oye said riding on the back of the overwhelming victory of Gov Obiano in his reelection, the party wants to use the opportunity to engender measures that will promote internal democracy in it.
The Chairman on the occasion, Chief Godwin Maduka commended the party for putting together the event, and the Governor for living up to positive political ideals and making Anambra an international showpiece of good governance, stressing the need for the party’s aspirants to pursue their political agenda with high sense of decorum, tolerance and sportsmanship.
In a lead paper presentation, the former Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo said APGA with its reemergence and strategic vision, has the burden of changing the political narrative of the country, adding that if this must be realized, the lofty manifesto and ideology of the party must be jealously guided and upheld.
In his presentation, Mr Maku noted that APGA has a tradition of performance and has also through the quality performance of its successive governors in Anambra, set minimal benchmark of expectation for its candidates. He urged the aspirants to acquaint themselves with the party’s manifesto and ideology.
Some aspirants at the retreat including a senatorial aspirant, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu ,gubernatorial aspirant Sen Ifeanyi Alarume and house of Assembly aspirant Hon Engr Tony Uche Ezekwelu, acknowledged that the event has exposed them more to what is required of them as the people’s representatives, adding that the party is setting positive precedents.