A factional group of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), calling itself the Authentic All Progressives Grand Alliance (AAPGA) has asked Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, to resign as governor and chairman, Board of Trustee of APGA for endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 elections without recourse to the leadership and members of the party.
The National chairman of the group, Chief Jerry Obasi, told reporters on Friday in Abuja that the governor has brought APGA to ridicule, odium and made it a laughing stock in the eyes of reasonable Nigerians.
He lamented that Governor Obiano endorsed President Buhari during a former president Goodluck Jonathan’s book lunch “My Transition Hours” in Abuja recently despite APGA having Gen. John Gbor rtd.as its presidential candidate for 2019 poll.
They accused the governor of anti-party activities and breach of Article 22(2D) of the party’s constitution deposited with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Obasi said the original and foundational ideology of APGA is that it should be inclusive and guarantee the rights of members to express themselves in line with democratic principles regretting that it is obvious from prevailing circumstances that the party has derailed and lost the moral compass that endeared it to marginalized Nigerians.
“There is urgent need therefore, for loyal and genuine members of the party to embark on a programme that would bring back the party to the original ideas. This programme would involve the reconciliation and unification of all those that fought through thick and thin to ensure that APGA serves the purpose of political emancipation of all oppressed people,” he said.
He said the new APGA intends to reach out to all those who have suffered injustice, impunity and deprivation with a view to refocusing the party in line with the original ideology and principles.
He also asked the National Chairman of APGA, Dr. Victor Ike Oye, to resign his position having failed to improve the fortunes and good image of the party.
“The complaints from Imo, Abia and Anambra State chapters of APGA, to mention but a few, detailing the exchange of bribes in foreign and local currencies, are too weighty to be swept under the carpet,” he said.
None of the officials of APGA were willing to respond, as they neither picked their phone calls nor reply SMS asking for their reactions.