• Fix convention for October 7
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) yesterday disclosed that the party has decided to field General John Gbor (Rtd), to contest the 2019 general elections against the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also a retired General in the Nigerian military.
The Chairman of the party, Victor Ike Oye, who disclosed this yesterday at the APGA’s national secretariat in Abuja, added that the National Working Committee of the party, also decided to field Jerry Chukwueke to be the Vice Presidential candidate of the party.
Recall that this is the first time after the demise of the late leader of the party, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, that APGA will be fielding its own presidential candidate other than adopting candidates of other parties.
Oye said that it will be unveiling to Nigerians a presidential candidate during its non-elective convention scheduled for October 7, adding that Gen. John Gbor comes from Benue, while his Vice, Jerry Chukwueke, is from Imo and have both purchased APGA’s nomination forms.
He said that he and members NWC of the are working hard to reposition the affairs of the party in order to improve the fortunes of the party, just as he hinted that the leadership of the party is making arrangement to organise a transparent primary election that will be a model in the country.
Explaining to journalists the preparations for the 2019 general elections, Oye said that APGA has witnessed remarkable rise in the number of aspirants that purchased its expression of interest and nomination forms from across the states, especially in the north, adding that the party has sold its nomination forms in the whole of the South West, Zamfara, Niger, Gombe, Plateau and Taraba states.
“People have been coming to buy our forms and for the first time in the history of this country, APGA can match the top political parties in the sale of forms, which shows that it is not an ordinary thing that is happening in this party. APGA manifesto is ranked the best in the country.
“So what does that tell, it tells you that if APGA is given the opportunity to manage the affairs of Nigeria, we will do very well,” he said.
According to Oye, the performance of APGA in Anambra state is a case study, noting that governance in the state has become like what obtains in other climes, abroad, adding that with what is happening in Anambra, APGA has very bright chances of winning the 2019 presidential elections, as well as more states and National Assembly seats.
While noting that APGA has been receiving notable defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), he said “The party is structured in such a way that it will always deliver good governance wherever it governs. With the support of all patriotic Nigerians, APGA will take this nation to desirable level.
“Nigeria can no longer continue to work in a slow pace as we are currently doing. We need to work at a faster pace if we need to get to the Eldorado of our dream,” he said.