Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Former Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development during ex-governor Peter Obi’s era in Anambra state Chief Godson Chukwuma Ezenagu has said that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is currently in the hands of those he referred to as selfish people.
He said that APGA had become what the founding fathers did not bargain for, pointing out that the party had entered into the hands of the people he described as highest bidders who did not care about tradition and fairness nor care about the growth of the party but instead care about their selfish interests to the detriment of the party.
Ezenagu who stated this to our correspondent in a telephone interview, maintained that “APGA nowadays, if you offer N5000 they will collect from you, if another person offers N10,000 they will collect, if you offer N15,000 they will collect and maybe somebody offers N50,000 they will collect all the money and maybe give it to the person who offered N50,000.”
“It’s a terrible thing I have not seen in APGA. I thought I am dreaming but its the truth. Some people have killed what our fathers handed over to us and its just a pity…”
When confronted with the question of whether he intends to abandon APGA for other political parties, he said he was still consulting with his constituents stressing that he would take a concrete stand on whether to bid farewell to the party or to remain in it in spite of his ordeals even as he noted that he did not think that the party would reconsider its position as tickets have been issued to the highest bidders.
Ezenagu who was an aspirant for Awka-North and South federal constituency in the APGA primary, said that the national chairman had entered into what he described as a storm and that only God could deliver him from the storm.
The former commissioner added that any other political party for him, would be better than APGA even though he said he was considering three options now as it concerns whether to quit politics completely, remain in APGA or better still join another political party to pursue his ambitions.
He therefore recalled that he ventured into politics in 2002 on the platform of APGA and contested on the same platform on four different occasions seeking to represent Awka-North and South federal constituency to no avail.
Ezenagu lamented that he paid over N1 million to purchase forms for his delegates in the last primary, stressing that he had never experienced such since he joined APGA. He noted that formerly, it used to be between N1000 and N1500 respectively but recently they said it was N10,000 each noting that the foundation upon which the party was built had been eroded as current happenings in the party left much to be desired.