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One Year after Ojukwu . . . APGA’s mega rally shakes Anambra

By Mazi Odera on 02/03/2013

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) today made good its promise to hold “The Mother of all Rallies” at Ekwueme Square, Awka, the Anambra State capital.

News Express had two days ago quoted the party’s interim National Chairman, Maxi Okwu (Ikenecheoha II), as vowing to organise a mega rally at the said venue today. He eventually made good his boast as the venue teemed with an estimated over 25,000 APA faithful.

Addressing the mammoth crowd, host Governor Peter Obi disclosed that the date for the rally was purposely chosen to coincide with the first year anniversary of the burial of the party’s Leader, Dim Chukwumemka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Obi said that it was an opportunity to celebrate Dim Ojukwu for what he was to the Igbo people and to invoke his spirit to continue to be with, and guide APGA as it embarks on the process of rebuilding and strengthening the party.

The high point of the rally was the reception of Mr. Dozie Nwankwo who contested against Hon. Uche Ekwunife for Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency in the last election, and Emma Nkwocha, with over 5,000 of their members into APGA.

Short speeches were taken from Gov. Obi, Bianca Ojukwu, Dr. Tim Menakaya, Maxi Okwu, Prof. Dora Akunyili and Ambassador Odi Nwosu, among others. They all expressed happiness at the rejuvenation of APGA and called on the members to embrace the new spirit and work hard for the growth of the party.

In his speech, APGA’s Chairman of all Chairmen, Alhaji Isa Jiga, said they would give Maxi Okwu all necessary support to build on what he has already achieved. All the speakers commended Gov. Obi for sustaining the party and for his growing interest in its progress.

A four-point communiqué signed by Maxi Okwu and Dr. Menakaya, the Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees, reads:

“1. We remember and honour our departed National Leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, and remain committed to his ideals which led to the formation and foundation of our great party. 2. We reaffirm that the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu remains our National Leader even in death and that Governor Peter Obi is the Deputy National Leader of our great party. 3. We state categorically and unequivocally that our great party, APGA, is not a member of any merger of political groups, parties, association by whatever name. We stand by our earlier resolution to continue to support His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan. 4. We state that our great party remains committed to good governance in Nigeria at all levels of government. We thank our Governor, Peter Obi, for the very good work he is doing in Anambra State and urge him to continue with the good work he is doing in the State and in the country in general.”

The roll call at the rally includes: Gov. Peter Obi; his deputy Emeka Sibeudu; Chinwe Nwebili, Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, and her deputy, Chukwudi Orizu; Dr. Tim Menakaya; Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu; Prof. Dora Akunyili; Ambassador Odi Nwosu; Barr. Obinna Obiegue; and Hon. Chuma Nzeribe.

Others include all the former members of APGA National Working Committee now functioning on interim basis, namely, Chief Chris Uche, Alhaji Garba Barne, Eveng. Chinyere Okeke, Bernad Akoma, Sunday Obaslam, Chief Dickson Osu, Tondo Joseph, Ella Nwabueze, Ferguson Okpara, Hon. E. A. Shonubi, Dr. Gbenga Afeni, Abubakar Adamu, Dr. Sagir Auwal Maidigu, Lawal Barma, Alfred Nwosu, Dr. Isa Jiga, Mrs. Victoria Oyeng, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu; Chief Reagan Ofomba, Hon. Okey Udeh, and Chief Okey Ezeibe.

Others are all APGA members at the National Assembly, except Uche Ekwunife as well as all Anambra House of Assembly members and some Assembly members from other states.

•Photo shows a cross section of the crowd at the rally. Front row L-R: Gov. Peter Obi, his wife Margret, Ambassador Bianca Ono, and Dr. Tim Menakaya.

Source News Express

Posted 03/03/2013 01:03:31 AM


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