PRESS RELEASE: APGA CRISIS IS OVER,NO VICTOR, NO VANQUISHED

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The leadership disagreement in the All Progressives Grand Alliance has been resolved in favour of the incumbent National Chairman, Chief Maxi Okwu. The recent letter by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke dated 2nd April 2014, to Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim on the nomination of APGA delegates to the on-going national conference has resolved the dispute between Chief Maxi Okwu and Chief Victor Umeh on who is the authentic national Chairman of the party.
Chief Law Officer of the Federation Stated thus:

“I have examined the decision of the High Court of Anambra State in Suit No. A/126/2013-Onwudinjo V Maxi Okwu & Ors and that of the Court of Appeal in Appeal No. A/126/2013-Onwudinjo V Maxi Okwu & Ors which validated the National Convention of APGA held on 8th April, 2013. I have also examined the decision of the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/563/2013- Chief Maxi Okwu & Ors V Chief Victor Umeh & ors which invalidated the position of Chief Victor Umeh as National Chairman of APGA”.

The implications of the above legal opinion are as follows: There is no more faction in APGA. There is no victor, no vanquished. All party structures should now collapse into the mainstream APGA under the able and capable leadership of Chief Okwu.
All APGA members irrespective of previous leanings should now come together under one indivisible platform or structure so that we will all join hands and move our great party forward.

All aspirants who intend to contest elective positions in the 2015 general election should take immediate step to integrate into the mainstream APGA led by Chief Okwu. All hands must be on deck now to ensure that the party wins more Governorship, Federal and State legislative seats in 2015 polls.

I congratulate the new Leader of APGA, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, the National Chairman Chief Okwu, members of the National Working Committee, Board of Trustees and I urge all APGA members to close ranks and work harmonious to ensure that the party presents a viable platform that will meet the aspirations of our founding fathers.

I plead with all those who had attempted to convert APGA to their private ATM machine and those who believed that they have divine might and right to impose candidates, to do a re-think and to consider the interest of the generality of our people, our great party and our frail democracy so that we will not derail the on-going political process.

The rebranded APGA under Chief Okwu will no longer tolerate any act of political impunity, imposition of candidates and godfatherism. Dictatorship and fascism have become outdated and therefore must be resisted by all well-meaning people of this country. Our re-branded party is determined to comply with democratic ethos, ethics and tenets vital to improve APGA’s electoral fortunes in 2015.

APGA has confidence in the Judiciary as the last hope of all aggrieved people. The Judiciary has demonstrated exceptional courage in delivering justice. We have no doubt that justice will prevail in APGA matters at various Courts in Nigeria.

I strongly condemn the bomb blasts that killed dozens of people and wounded many others today at Nyanya near Abuja. It is outrageous. I commiserate with the families of the deceased and pray for speedy recovery for those injured in the blasts. I urge the perpetrators of this heinous crime to give peace a chance and use the opportunity provided by President Goodluck Jonathan to channel their grievances through their representatives at the on-going national conference.

Dr. Chike Obidigbo

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PRESS RELEASE:PGA CRISIS IS OVER: NO VICTOR, NO VANQUISHED- Dr. Chike Obidigbo

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The leadership disagreement in the All Progressives Grand Alliance has been resolved in favour of the incumbent National Chairman, Chief Maxi Okwu. The recent letter by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke dated 2nd April 2014, to Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim on the nomination of APGA delegates to the on-going national conference has resolved the dispute between Chief Maxi Okwu and Chief Victor Umeh on who is the authentic national Chairman of the party.
Chief Law Officer of the Federation Stated thus:

“I have examined the decision of the High Court of Anambra State in Suit No. A/126/2013-Onwudinjo V Maxi Okwu & Ors and that of the Court of Appeal in Appeal No. A/126/2013-Onwudinjo V Maxi Okwu & Ors which validated the National Convention of APGA held on 8th April, 2013. I have also examined the decision of the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/563/2013- Chief Maxi Okwu & Ors V Chief Victor Umeh & ors which invalidated the position of Chief Victor Umeh as National Chairman of APGA”.

The implications of the above legal opinion are as follows: There is no more faction in APGA. There is no victor, no vanquished. All party structures should now collapse into the mainstream APGA under the able and capable leadership of Chief Okwu.
All APGA members irrespective of previous leanings should now come together under one indivisible platform or structure so that we will all join hands and move our great party forward.

All aspirants who intend to contest elective positions in the 2015 general election should take immediate step to integrate into the mainstream APGA led by Chief Okwu. All hands must be on deck now to ensure that the party wins more Governorship, Federal and State legislative seats in 2015 polls.

I congratulate the new Leader of APGA, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, the National Chairman Chief Okwu, members of the National Working Committee, Board of Trustees and I urge all APGA members to close ranks and work harmonious to ensure that the party presents a viable platform that will meet the aspirations of our founding fathers.

I plead with all those who had attempted to convert APGA to their private ATM machine and those who believed that they have divine might and right to impose candidates, to do a re-think and to consider the interest of the generality of our people, our great party and our frail democracy so that we will not derail the on-going political process.

The rebranded APGA under Chief Okwu will no longer tolerate any act of political impunity, imposition of candidates and godfatherism. Dictatorship and fascism have become outdated and therefore must be resisted by all well-meaning people of this country. Our re-branded party is determined to comply with democratic ethos, ethics and tenets vital to improve APGA’s electoral fortunes in 2015.

APGA has confidence in the Judiciary as the last hope of all aggrieved people. The Judiciary has demonstrated exceptional courage in delivering justice. We have no doubt that justice will prevail in APGA matters at various Courts in Nigeria.

I strongly condemn the bomb blasts that killed dozens of people and wounded many others today at Nyanya near Abuja. It is outrageous. I commiserate with the families of the deceased and pray for speedy recovery for those injured in the blasts. I urge the perpetrators of this heinous crime to give peace a chance and use the opportunity provided by President Goodluck Jonathan to channel their grievances through their representatives at the on-going national conference.

Dr. Chike Obidigbo
APGA Governor in waiting.

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2015: Abians shouldn’t focus on zoning – Chief Ikoh

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Chief Ndukwe Ikoh, leader of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, and a former governorship candidate in Abia State, in this interview, argues that what the state needs ahead of the 2015 governorship election is the best man for the job and not zoning.
What is the political situation in Abia? It is said that your PPA is dead in the state.
The 2015 election in Abia is clearer than a lot of people know. The contest is going to be between Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); other parties like All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressive Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP) may try their best. The former governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is going to play important role in the politics of the state as well as the incumbent governor, Chief T.A Orji.
The Ukwa-Ngwa zone wants to produce the next governor, while other zones are kicking against it on the grounds that there is nothing like zoning arrangement. What is your position?
They call it ‘Abia Charter of Equity’ and nobody has seen the document and most of us who are young don’t understand it in full details. Politics is a game you really have to go and take and not sit at a place and get served. You go out and grab power. I will advise my Ukwa Ngwa brothers and sisters to come out and claim it if they really believe it is their turn to rule Abia. On the other hand, I’m not an apostle of zoning when it comes to governorship.
I believe that whom the cap fits let him wear it. The philosophy of zoning reduces the chances of getting the best hand in any situation. I personally could opt, as a personal principle, to say, let the best emerge from anywhere; all the zones in the state, and let every aspirant be given equal opportunity to contest and the best emerges as governor.
Abia has suffered so much; it is a sad commentary and I think the next governor would have a Herculean task trying to give Abia people dividends of democracy. We need the best to work now and not zoning. Ukwa Ngwa are saying it is their turn, the question is, has there been any gubernatorial election that they have not fielded candidates or aspirants? In 2011, they said it was their turn, they fielded candidates in all the political parties except PDP and they voted against their people and helped to re-elect Governor Orji. We need the best to come from any zone to lead our people to the promised land.
You are so emphatic about the PPA making great impact in Abia gubernatorial election, but some believe that the governor has performed wonderfully. Don’t you think it will affect the PPA chances?
The governor’s performances ended when he was in PPA. He was elected in his first tenure on the platform of PPA in 2007. During that time, he had elected local government chairmen and things were better than now, but since he decamped to PDP, everybody can testify to the disorderliness in the state. The PPA platform, which he used to come to power, gave him a clear direction of governance than what we are witnessing now. One can attribute his better performance in the time
past to his being a member of PPA but now, he is a rudderless ship and difficult to control; you don’t know what he is up to or not. PPA controls the grassroots when you talk about party politics in Abia. It produced the governor while he was in prison, and for a party to achieve that feat means the party has grassroots appeal and we have not lost that Midas touch to return our candidates in an election.
But for the intimidation we suffered in the last election when military men, security officials were expressly instructed to stop us, we would have formed the present government. But now, things have changed and we are going to take back what rightfully belongs to the people, which is the mantle of leadership in Abia. PPA will come back to power in Abia in 2015.
Don’t you think Kalu’s exit from PPA will affect the fortune of the party in the state?
Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu left PPA and Chief Ndukwe Ikoh came to PPA. Both of us are good men of Abia State and good businessmen in our own rights and at our levels and good community leaders. We share a lot of attributes in common but I must tell you, Kalu’s exit from PPA is strategic. He didn’t leave the party to make the party come low. Unknown to outsiders, it was properly discussed and he left. It was sacrificial because he loves PPA so much, but he has to be in PDP to enhance the opportunity of the president returning in the next election and to ensure a level playing ground in party politics in Abia as well as ensures normalcy is returned in South-east PDP.
You people are supporting Jonathan. Are you sure the whirlwind, APC, blowing across the country will not blow away Jonathan in 2015?
Jonathan’s return to Aso Rock is not negotiable. The good works he is doing speak volumes. About a year ago, I went online and saw that Jonathan could be the most popular president Nigeria has ever produced, I didn’t take it serious but now I can tell you that he is becoming a revolutionary president. Talk of the National Conference going on, which past leader had the gut or courage to convene discussion about Nigeria’s future?; look at the revolution in power generation, infrastructure and standard practice of governance. He is the kind of president we need at the moment of our history to lay solid foundation for Nigeria to move forward and be reckoned with in the country of nations.
There was the allegation of Abia government trying to disrupt PPA meetings.
It is only when PPA is meeting that the state government comes to disrupt the gathering. It is instructive, the security agencies should mark my words, and it is not that PPA cannot come out in retaliation, but we are peace loving party, we know we are the only real opposition in the state. When APGA, Labour and APC hold their meetings, government does not come out.
I don’t know if it is working for APC but when PPA is meeting, a party which is pro-PDP at the national level, he comes out with intimidation. We are watching, complaining and written to all the security agencies, but the paranoid of Governor Orji about PPA is real because he knows the party is coming back to form the next government.

By CHARLES KUMOLU : News

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Tinubu’s Daughter Denies Accepting 20m Naira Forcing Market Women To Join APC

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The President-General of Association of Market Women and Men in Nigeria, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, weekend, denied demanding a bribe of N20 million from a set of traders in the state.

Tinubu-Ojo, daughter of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu also dismissed claims from some quarters that she directed traders in different markets in the state to duly register with the APC or lose their shops.

She made the denial at a session with journalists in Alausa, Ikeja following the allegations from some quarters that she asked some traders, whose shops were shut recently at the Abibatu Mogaji Model Market in Iponri for flouting the extant rules of the market, to pay a sum of money ranging from N5 million to N20 million.

Speaking at the conference alongside the outgoing Secretary-General of Abibat Mogaji Model Market, Mrs. Adeyinka Koiki, Tinubu-Ojo said there had been controversies over why the market was shut on February 8 by the state market board. But the market was reopened on February 17.

She debunked all allegations of demanding fees from the traders before or after shutting the market, saying the closure of the market was in line with the constitution of the Association of Market Women and Men.

Tinubu-Ojo said there was no way she could have decided to shut the market in order to coerce traders to register as APC members considering that traders in the market have a choice on which party to vote for.

She lamented that her actions was being politicised, noting that she was only playing her roles as market leader in the state and not as a daughter of APC National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu.

Tinubu-Ojo has been criticised by many since she was made the market leader, as she was alleged to have been imposed on the association by Asiwaju Tinubu whose late mother, Abibatu Mogaji was Tinubu-Ojo’s predecessor.

APGA crisis: Obidigbo seeks mandatory injunction against Obiano’s inauguration

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The crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) may scuttle the swearing in of Mr. Willie Obiano as the next governor of Anambra State on March 17, 2014.

This followed the court case instituted by the rival APGA candidate in the November 2013 governorship election, Dr. Chike Obidigbo.

Obidigbo, who is determined to stop the inauguration, has already obtained an order of a Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice A. Mohammed to serve originating summons on Obiano and four others by substituted means.

The four other defendants include APGA National Chairman, Maxi Okwu; APGA; the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and the Chief Judge of Anambra State.

In the suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/118/2014, filed by his counsels, Tairu Adebayo, Obidigbo is seeking the court’s declaration that by the dictates of Section 177 (c.) of the 1999 Constitution, the 1st defendant (Obiano) was not qualified to participate and or take part in the Anambra State Governorship election as he was not sponsored by the 3rd defendant as the candidate of APGA for the election.

The plaintiff is also praying the Court to declare that by virtue of Section 177 (c.) of the Constitution he is the candidate duly sponsored by the 3rd defendant to contest for the Anambra State Governorship election of November 16, 2013.

Others prayers contained in the plaintiff’s writ of summon filed on February 17, 2014; include the following:

“An order of mandatory injunction restraining the 1st defendant, Chief Willie Obiano from parading himself and or representing or holding out himself as the sponsored candidate of the 3rd defendant, in the Anambra State Governorship Election or otherwise representing that he was validly elected/chosen by the 4th defendant, as the candidate for APGA or presenting himself on March 17, 2014 or any other date for swearing-in as the Governor of Anambra State or taking the oath of allegiance and oath of office as Governor of Anambra State in the Anambra State Governorship Election of November 16, 2013.

“An order of mandatory injunction restraining the 5th defendant, Chief Judge of Anambra State or any other Judge in the Anambra State judiciary from swearing-in on March 17, 2014 or any other date the 1st defendant, Chief Willie Madaubuchi Obiano as the Governor of Anambra State or administering the oath of allegiance and oath of office on the 1st defendant as Governor of Anambra State.

“An order of mandatory injunction compelling the 4th defendant, INEC, to recognize and issue Certificate of Return to the plaintiff, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, as the authentic sponsored candidate of the 3rd defendant and as such the elected Governor in the Anambra State Governorship Election of November 16, 2013, the plaintiff having fully participated in all the stages of the election to the office of Governor of Anambra State.

“An order of mandatory injunction compelling the 5th defendant, Chief Judge of Anambra State or any other Judge in the Anambra State Judiciary to swear-in on March 17, 2014 or any other date the plaintiff Dr. Chike Obidigbo, as the Governor of Anambra State and to administer the oath of allegiance and oath of office on the plaintiff as Governor of Anambra State, having fully participated in all the stages of the election to the office of Governor of Anambra State in the Anambra State Governorship election of November 16, 2013 or any other date”.

It would be recalled that in a bid to upturn the Awka High Court judgment that reaffirmed the April 8, 2013 National Convention that brought the Maxi Okwu-led National Working Committee of APGA, loyalists of the erstwhile leadership of the party tried to approach the court for a review of the judgement.

The attempt to upturn the judgement, which was also upheld by the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division is to clear the way for Obiano’s swearing-in on March 17, 2014.

However, it suffered a set-back as the plaintiff disowned the suit.

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EXCLUSIVE:The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Can Right the Wrongs of Anambra 2013- Chief Chike Obidigbo.ANAMBRA APGA GOVERNORSHIP FLAG BEARER

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Anambra State Governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) in the last election, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, in this interview with journalists in Awka spoke about his mission in the election petition tribunal, the prospects and challenges before APGA among other national issues. Excerpts:

We understand you filed a petition at the Anambra Governorship Election Petition Tribunal; why?

“Well, I am at the election tribunal to assert my right as the authentic flag bearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) in the last gubernatorial election. And it may interest you to know that for inexplicable reasons, I was not given the certificate of return by INEC (the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC) as winner of the election. That informed my decision to approach the tribunal to register my complaint and canvass for the remediation of the anomaly. Part of the reasons for my petition is that after winning the primary election of our great party, APGA; I duly submitted my nomination forms to INEC. The nomination forms were duly acknowledged by the same INEC. So for INEC to turn around and hand over the certificate of return to a person who is a total stranger to APGA is to say the least, embarrassing to me. As a firm believer in the rule of law, I decided to go to the tribunal in search for justice; my demand is for fairness and equity at the tribunal. I am not under any illusion that the mandate to govern Anambra State was given to me so; I expect the tribunal to look at the issues and do the right thing by redressing the anomalies.

You talk with confidence as if you believe in the nation’s judicial system to give justice without fear or favour…?

“I believe in the rule of law, which is at the bedrock of popular democracy. To me, without justice and equity, Nigeria would be seen to be playing mere lip service to the practice of democracy. Looking back at the various judicial pronouncements in the present dispensation, I can proudly say that Nigeria’s judiciary has proved itself as the bastion of our practice of democracy. The judiciary has being doing its best and it has a rich history of commitment to the protection and defence of the tenets of democracy as they relate to good governance. I am particularly excited by the crucial role the judiciary is playing in the country even in the face of mounting challenges thrown up by the exigencies of a growing democracy. My petition to the governorship election tribunal reinforces my confidence that the judiciary will remain the key driving force in Nigeria’s efforts at attaining lofty socio-political heights. I believe the tribunal will do the right thing and justify the confidence of Nigerians who are hopeful that justice will be done. I think the nation is blessed to have the distinguished services of two women at the helm of affairs at the Supreme Court and the Appeal Court at this point in time of our nation’s history. Their appointment is a boon to the nation’s judicial process. As politicians we should encourage them through responsible conduct, respect for the rule of law and fair play.

But many people look at the nation’s electoral process and wonder at INEC’s ability to guide and guard the democratic process; with what happened during the Anambra governorship election, what is your take on INEC?

“Well, there is no doubt that INEC has the capacity to midwife a transparent electoral process and conduct credible elections. The electoral umpire has its own scars from the long period of military interregnum in the country. I think they are improving with each passing electoral contest. Against that background, one can give kudos to INEC if for nothing else, its commitment to the democratic process. I also believe that it tried to give its best during the Anambra gubernatorial especially when it acknowledged its own shortcomings. INEC won my admiration for that singular demonstration of courage by accepting some noticeable shortcomings in that outing. However, despite the shortcomings, APGA was able to win the election clearly because the party was on the ground in Anambra state. We worked hard, mobilized effectively and the result was a resounding victory us as a people and as a party.

What gives you hope that you will be sworn in as the next governor of Anambra State?

“Of all the things one can lose in life, hope should not be one of them. I have absolute trust that God, who in his infinite wisdom gave me the courage to run for the election, will make it possible for me to serve and effect the needed changes on the lives of the people of Anambra state. Having come thus far, I can say it is God’s will that I would mount the saddle as the next governor of Anambra state. I also respect the commitment of the people of Anambra who believe in the vision of our great party. I know that my programme, tailored towards the uplift of the living standard of Anambra people was at the heart of the people during the election. If the governorship election is held hundred times again, Anambra people would still vote for me and if this massive support receives the final endorsement of the Almighty, I will be in the position, very soon, to impact positively on their lives. My hope rests in the Lord Almighty who made heaven and earth, who is all knowing, who raises the lowly and plans for his people. I also trust the judiciary and its commitment to equity and fairness. I believe that in all circumstances, the truth will always triumph over falsehood. I know that my petition will be seen in the light of the truth and the justifiability of its legality.it would be upheld to the glory of God!

Assuming you are sworn into office as governor what would be your government’s priority areas of attention?

“Don’t forget that I have a programme and our party has a manifesto; there is a template. Above all, the essence of government is the provision of security of lives and property and to cater to the welfare of the citizens. All these are some of the primary things I intend to pursue with vigour immediately I am sworn in. virtually everybody in Nigeria acknowledges the fact that Anambra people are resourceful and energetic. And one great quality of our people is that they are ever willing to cooperate with government for the development of the state. So my immediate attention is to create the enabling environment to encourage our people bring in their goodwill and contribute to lift our state to greater heights as an ‘A’ state. We shall provide basic infrastructure and redouble efforts to develop the inert abilities of Anambra people for self-actualization. My programme of action which is clearly defined would be strictly adhered to. We will give Anambra security; we will fight crime and bring investments to the state. We will erect proper frameworks for enduring and sustainable economic growth.

But a lot of people have come to the conclusion that APGA seems to be gradually losing focus and sidetracking the visions of the founding fathers, are you not disturbed by such negative sentiments?

“I share in the sentiments that APGA have in the past few years lost focus and that is why we are presently rebranding it. We are repositioning APGA to align it with the vision of the founding fathers. We have a clear vision for South East geopolitical zone and for Nigeria in general. In a few months’ time, you will notice a brand new APGA ready to occupy its rightful place and square up to the goals set out for it by the founding fathers. The machinery is in motion and I am happy that Barrister Maxi Okwu is determined to take APGA to the next level. The emergence of Okwu as national chairman of APGA at such a time that the party is turning a critical bend in its forward march to the future is part of the divine orchaestration for the party’s resurgence. Already things are looking up for APGA. Just recently the former Minister of Interior, Captain Emmmanuel Iheanacho left the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and joined APGA. There are many like that who have seen the silver lining in the horizon for APGA and are joining the party. Also former members who felt betrayed by the loss of direction in the party before are returning in droves. APGA is rising to glory from the ashes of elongated crises. You know that APGA has for quite some time been enveloped in leadership crisis and this was a major drawback to the attainment of the goals of APGA. Elders and notable well-wishers of the party who remembered the desire of our late leader, Dim Ikemba Odumegwu-Ojukwu intervened. The court also decided that the party’s constitution should be upheld thus opening the way for the new lease of life you now witness in APGA. We saw the need to reinvent and restructure APGA in line with original spirit and thinking of the founding fathers. The past is over for APGA and the present leadership has demonstrated the capacity to build bridges of friendship and understanding. Very soon all the challenges within the party will be resolved and APGA will return to its preeminent position. We are on course!

As 2015 draws nearer, a lot of commentators dismiss Nd’Igbo as not being ready for the challenges of national leadership, do you think so?

“Nd’Igbo have contributed more than any other tribe in Nigeria to the economic and social development of the country. As such Nd’Igbo should brace up for this challenge. The Igbos are the most travelled, we are not insular in our thinking, we have helped to build almost every state in Nigeria. If you go to Abuja, the second largest ethnic conglomeration there is the Igbo Nation. If you go to Lagos, the second largest ethnic conglomeration is Igbo, if you go to Kano; the second largest ethnic conglomeration is Igbo nation. Everywhere you go, apart from the original origin/indigene of that particular place, second largest of population of the people there is the Igbos. That means first of all, our population (Igbo nation) is far more than it is being estimated. Because we have been involved and engaged seriously in the building of this nation, we should aspire for the national leadership of Nigeria. It is our right but the only thing that we are not ready to do is to agitate for the presidency at this period when President Goodluck Jonathan is there and is performing very satisfactorily. Coming from a minority zone that has never occupied the office, it is the thinking of virtually every Igbo that President Jonathan should be given a second tenure if he so desires. It is his fundamental right. By the time he finishes his second tenure, definitely it will be the turn of South-East to produce the next president so that the Nigeria nation can be seen to be founded on equity and fairness. Nigeria belongs to us all.

How comfortable are you with APGA’s role in national politics?

“There is so much work still to be done. I am not so comfortable with APGA’s role in national politics so far. In terms of governorship, the party has only one governor in the whole country. At the Senate, APGA produced only one Senator in the person of Senator Chris Anyanwu and we just lost her to PDP. In the House of Representatives, we have just a sprinkling of them there. So we are not playing visibly on the national turf as expected. I think it is only when we are able to have many representatives at the national assembly complemented by many state governors that we can start articulating the APGA agenda. APGA agenda may be similar to Igbo ideology but it is definitely not an Igbo agenda. APGA is not a tribal party as some people think; it is rather a national party. It does not matter that the weight of APGA rest in the South-East, that does not make it to be a tribal party, because there are people from Plateau, Ondo, Oyo, Kano, Lagos and Jigawa who are core members of APGA, they are contributing their money, their time and their energy towards the growth of APGA. But strictly speaking, APGA, does not have the capacity to drive the socio-economic development of Nd’Igbo because we don’t seem to be playing our politics right. But once we step in and get things right, then rebranded APGA’s sole aim should be to drive the socio-economic development of Ndigbo, put APGA and our people on the map of Nigeria. Only then can we prepare to accept responsibility for national leadership.

Who is Dr. Chike Obidigbo?

“The man sitting before you is Dr. Chike Obidigbo, (laughs). I am from Umunya in Oyi Local Government of Anambra State. In terms of Education, I can say with modesty that I acquired very good and quality education and in terms of contribution to the society, I think that I have done quite a lot to raise the standard of living of several people in the Country. I am an Industrialist by profession and by the special grace of God I have been able to produce a lot of products which are in the Nigerian market. I have also been able to employ a lot of workers of various tribes, educational qualifications including foreigners and we are doing our best to contribute towards the economic development and growth of our nation. I am happily married. I enjoy thinking, planning, and creating a lot of opportunities for young people to become fulfilled in life. My vision is to help to create jobs for young people; I have been doing that for the past thirty years and I know how best to keep doing it!

From GG Blog: It was an insightful interview and we believe that in less than hours from now, the court will deliver its final verdict on the chairmanship tussle between Chief Maxi Okwu whom the court had declared the winner earlier in the year and Chief Victor Umeh.Till then , stat tuned !

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