By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) yesterday disclosed that the party has set up a special committee to develop a blueprint on how to expand the coast of the party to the grassroots of the North East and North Central as part of its political strategy to win the 2019 presidential election.
The chairman of the party, Victor Ikechukwu Oye, who said this over the weekend in Abuja while briefing journalists on the plans of the party in 2018 after an executive meeting of the party, said the party is also consulting other political parties with like ideologies to offer it necessary corporation that will enable it achieve the feat.
While making reference to the victory of the party in the recently concluded governorship election in Anambra state, Oye said many states of the federation have started indicating fresh interests in the party, adding that this is mostly because of the good programmes and policies which the party has continued to offer the people.
The party chairman who further hinted that the party will make a departure from the previous practice when it use to adopt presidential candidate of other political party, said “In terms of winning the Presidency, it is doable, and that is why APGA will present its presidential candidate when the time comes and other political parties will corporate with us.
“So as time progresses, we will let you into other plans we have. We need to leverage on the corporation of other political parties, APGA has always believed on what God can do for us, God is leading this party to a greater heights, so when we get to the bridge we will cross it.”
He said the meeting was convened to appraise the situation of the party across the country, the performance of the party in the different states, especially in Anambra state where the people magnanimously reelected the governor for second term.
He commended Predident Mohammadu Buhari, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and other key political stakeholders for the roles they played in the election, which he said made the exercise to turn out to be the most peaceful and transparent election in Nigeria.
“Contrary to peoples trepidations before the election, what they saw after the election was different from what they had estimated was going to happen during the election. The Anambra election rather turned out to be the best election ever held in Nigeria.
Speaking further, Oye said Anambra people are in for wonderful years ahead, explaining that the do it yourself development programme in the state where the governor gives twenty million to each of the one hundred and eighty one communities in the state for a development project, has now been increased to forty million for the remaining four years of his second term.
“That means before he leaves office in 2022, he would have done ten projects in every community in Anambra state and that amounts to two hundred million naira per community and billions of naira across the state.
“It worth doing because bringing development to the grassroots; that is the essence of governance. The people must feel the presence of government. That is what has happened in Anambra state under APGA, that is why we are looking to do more harvests in other states of the federation, because people are beginning to appreciate APGA as a political party.
In his brief remarks, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Ifatu Obi Okoye, said the National Working Committee (NWC) took a bold step that will expand the coast of the party.
“We are coming to the end of the year, we have set up great plans for the party next year, I want to assure you that with the decisions we took today, the APGA you see today will not be the APGA you will see next year.
“You are coming in next year to see a brand new APGA that will be very much bigger, larger and colorful in terms of our approach and relationship with the public, even in terms of accommodation. By January, one assurance is that you will see a bigger party than you