Posted by News Express | 15 July 2017 | 1,791 times
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Friday held a crucial meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following the Commission’s resolve to withdraw from challenging a court order issued to it and the Inspector General of Police, not to recognise any other person as APGA National Chairman, beside Chief Martin Agbaso (Ochoudo). The APGA delegation to the meeting held in Abuja was led by Agbaso.
“Our great party under Chief Martin Agbaso is on course to participate in the November 18 election in Anambra State and win, and to therefrom, situate, position and consolidate APGA as the household political platform, capable of sweeping most of the seats in the South East, South South and the Middle Belt in 2019,” the party said in a statement issued on Saturday by Uche Ezechukwu, Media/Public Affairs Adviser to the APGA Executive.
He stressed that the direct consequence of INEC withdrawal from challenging the court order is that INEC has formerly accepted the decision of Justice A.R. Ozoemena of the Enugu High Court, which was served on it since last month.
Continuing, Ezechukwu said: “With that in mind, we went to rub minds with the INEC leadership and to submit, as required by law, the programme and schedule of our party for the processes and procedures that will lead up to our primaries, to select our flag bearer, through a very transparent democratic means, as spelt out by our party Constitution and the Electoral Law.
“Chief Agbaso has always insisted that in the new APGA, there will be no room for imposition of candidates, as our party has hundreds of people who are as amply qualified as the incumbent Governor to fly our party’s gubernatorial flag on November 18 and win.
“Chief Agbaso is, therefore, calling on all our party faithful in Anambra State and beyond to be rest assured that our great party is retooling to return to dignity, self confidence and inclusiveness which our leader and founder, the Great Ikemba had inculcated in the rank and file of the party and which formed the marching order which he handed to all who, like Chief Martin Agbaso, were there at the very foundation of our party.
“Our National Chairman, therefore, directs me to inform all the APGA members, stakeholders and well wishers that our dear party and mass movement is back on song, and requests all those who have been disillusioned to shake off their negativity and return to the fold, because we are at a threshold of a new dawn for APGA.”
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