APGA NEC Meeting led by its National Chairman Chief(Barr)Maxi Okwu at Hotel De Bently,Utako District,Abuja on Thursday the 6th of February 2013 had come and gone but the uproar and excitement generated by the meeting which attracted the dignitaries of the party from all walks of life is yet to die down.
Highlight of the meeting was the appointment of Nigeria’s current Ambassador to Spain, Iyom Bianca Odumegu-Ojukwu, The widow of Late Ikemba Odimegwu Ojukwu as the Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as against Umeh’s faction of APGA which appointed Sir Peter Obi,Governor of Anambra State as their leader some weeks back. This was announced by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at the meeting. The meeting was convened by Chief Maxi Okwu, who was recently recognised as APGA National Chairman by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
A communiqué of the meeting signed by the party’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Stanley Chira, said: “NEC reconfirms and further resolves the earlier decision taken on 16th February 2013 and on 22nd March 2013 at the one year anniversary of the demise of our Late Leader and Icon Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. That he remains our symbol and leader the fact of his transit to glory notwithstanding. His wife and next of kin Iyom Bianca Odumegu-Ojukwu is hereby adopted as the living embodiment of his ideals. She shall in his stead be acknowledged as LEADER.”
The communiqué, a copy of which was made available to News Express, commended Hon. Justice Abdulkadir Abdul-Kafarati of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja “on his incisive and brilliant judgment delivered on Wednesday 15th January, 2014 in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/563/2013 Chief Maxi Okwu & Others V Chief Victor Umeh & Others.” It said that “the arty will use the judgment to now re-cover its soul and re-focus and re-brand.”
Continuing, the communiqué said: “NEC notes the time table for the 2015 general election released by the Independent National Electoral Commission. We concede that INEC is constitutionally empowered to issue time table and schedule of activities for general election. However, the party urges INEC to maintain the old practice of consulting political parties before taking a decision.
APGA National Chairman with the Party woman leader