Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 13 July 2016 | 1,801 times
The National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye, on Tuesday in Awka said that the continued agitation for the actualization of the Republic of Biafra by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), was as a result of frustration over perceived injustices in the country.
Addressing reporters at the NUJ Press Center, Awka as part of activities lined up to mark his 60th birthday and 30th anniversary of his marriage, Oye noted that the agitation would come to an end as soon as the glaring imbalances and marginalisation against Igbo people were addressed.
In his words, “The Igbo man does not believe in destruction. They suffered so much during the Nigeria Civil War and they have not recovered from the effects of that war. They believe in the unity of Nigeria, but the inequitable distribution of amenities, which is not in their favour, is what is driving the agitation.
“Once they are properly recognised and are given a sense of belonging in the country, the whole world will see that Igbo people love Nigeria. If they are given good roads, jobs and treated fairly and equitably in the distribution of appointments, there would not be any agitation and this is certain.
“When the people drive on the dilapidated Onitsha – Enugu Road, Oba – Nnewi – Okigwe Road, Aba – Port Harcourt Road, Owerri – Port Harcourt Road, Enugu – Umuahia – Aba road which are all federal roads and watch the way appointments are being made in the country, naturally they should be agitated.”
Speaking on the much publicised crevice between Governor Willie Obiano and his predecessor, Mr. Peter Obi, Oye described it as a figment of imagination of some people who do not mean well for Anambra State.
He maintained that the two prominent sons of Anambra State still have cordial relationship and urged those he described as busy body people to leave them alone in the interest of the state.
The APGA National Chairman used the occasion to call on former Governor Obi to return to APGA saying: “That is where he rightly belongs.”
“Obiano and Obi are the same. It is the political turncoats that are making the situation look as if there is a rift between them. Obi laid a solid foundation for the development of the state and Obiano has continued to build the structures. As far as we are concerned, there is no rift between the two great sons of this state,” he stated.
He further observed that the former governor, who had since defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not where he should be and advised him to return to APGA, a party he helped to build.
Oye said: “With PDP bleeding and All Progressives Congress, APC, suffocating, the choice of the people remained APGA. People should discard the rumours being peddled on the future of the party.”
•Photo shows APGA National Chairman, Victor Oye.
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