Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra state, Barr Tony Ifeanya, has said that no person or group will form parallel structure in APGA no matter how aggrieved or ambitious they are.
He stated this during an interactive session with journalists at the party state headquarters in Awka at the weekend.
The party scribe revealed that he had contested for the state house of assembly to represent Ogbaru 1 constituency where his law office was situated, but was denied ticket and did not pull the party down neither did he castigate anybody because his ambition was truncated by the powers that be.
Ifeanya maintained that those who had taken to the social media to cast aspersions on the person and office of the national chairman of the party, Dr. Victor Ike Oye, because they lost at the primary elections, should have a rethink because they might have themselves to blame in the end.
According to him, “To say because I was not given the ticket, I will rubbish APGA. I will pull this house down doesn’t show true sportsmanship. It means that you are selfish. Some people should learn to be mature in their approach to issues.
“Why bring in the name of the Governor to say he and Oye have hijacked APGA? I don’t think it is true because all the Governor wants is for the party to grow and spread.”
The party secretary further noted that he is a member of the five-man committee set up to handle the state congresses and that the Governor had given specific instructions that the congresses should be handled discreetly to avoid a repeat of the uproar that rocked the primary elections.
Ifeanya opined that APGA has a constitution that stipulated that every elected officer has a term of eight years which implied that any party official that performed well in the first four years without proven cases of anti-party activities, death or defection, should be allowed to continue in office to serve the remaining four years because it is the person’s right as the party constitution provided.
He said based on the provisions of the party constitution, the national chairman of APGA, Dr. Victor Ike Oye, would return as the national chairman of the party to serve his remaining four years because his first four years recorded monumental difference in the party.
The former transition committee chairman of Ayamelum local government area also noted that at a recent National Executive Council meeting of the party, the zoning formula which was unanimously agreed upon in 2015 was retained. The implication of this, according to him, is that the national chairmanship of the party should remain where it is to avoid rancour and confusion.
The APGA chieftain therefore reasoned that “all those jumping up and down because of their hidden agenda, have selfish interest they want to protect. They are the people who want to form parallel structures in APGA because they are looking forward to the next election. But the truth of the matter is that the interest of the party should supersede every other parochial interest.”
Although he boasted that he was more qualified to serve as the state chairman of the party in Anambra having functioned alongside the incumbent chairman, he emphasized also that his chairmanship aspiration was subject to the decision of the incumbent whether to continue in office or not.
He stated that as the party awaited its national convention and in the absence of any other serious contender from the southeast, the coast is clear for the national chairman Dr. Oye, to be re-elected for another term of office.
Ifeanya explained that no money belonging to APGA went into Oye’s personal account and that all the money realized from the sale of nomination forms were paid into the party’s bank account even as he pointed out that the national chairman had said repeatedly on different fora that they realized about N1.3 billion for the party in the last general elections.
He decried the fact that those he referred to as desperate politicians, who were hell-bent on compromising the national chairman and lost in the elections, were the ones echoing in the social media that Victor Ike Oye extorted money from them and to that extent he should refund the money and resign from office.
The party secretary however maintained that to the best of their knowledge, Victor Ike Oye didn’t extort or embezzle any money as all the money realized during the elections were properly accounted for.
He said any person or group of persons who allegedly had private deals with him out of desperation and personal aggrandizement, did so at their own peril and had no case against the national chairman of the party.