Raymond Ozoji, Awka
he All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) says it is not in any form of marriage with the All Progressives Congress (APC) nor any other political party contrary to insinuations that the party has succumbed to the passes made at it by the APC for both parties to form a coalition ahead of 2019 general elections.
The National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Ike Oye, who made the party’s position known while speaking with journalists at his country home Amawbia in Awka-South local government area of Anambra state at the weekend, said APGA did not go into marriage or any form of alliance with political parties as the party was not prepared to lose its identity.
He said APGA was widely recognized and accepted and that it was the only political party in the country with a clean bill of health while the APC and PDP were suffering from terminal diseases.
Oye noted that the party was in good stead to win more legislative seats, more state governors and some others adding that APGA was no longer a regional party but had made an inroad into the nation’s mainstream politics and poised to work for the peace, progress and sustainable democracy for Nigeria and Nigerians.
The APGA national chairman who said that his victory at the supreme court was providential and unprecedented, noted that the court ruled in his favour on the grounds that the issues brought up against him lacked merit and reasonable grounds for defense stressing that the suits were ill-advised, malevolent and malicious even though he has extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents.
He said the victory was for the party and that APGA was a welfarist political party and would build an egalitarian society with equal access to social amenities for Nigerians.
On the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct credible elections in 2019, Oye explained that the nation has had several umpires but the era of Prof. Yakubu Mamood has been very successful with the conduct of elections across the country using the Anambra governorship election as a case in point. He noted that the current INEC boss has vision and very cerebral in handling electoral matters while expressing confidence that the nation’s apex electoral body will not fall short of the expectations of Nigerians with the conduct of 2019 general elections.