- Vows to sack erring members from party
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has acquired a N220million national secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja to end the long years of operating in a rented apartment.
This is as the party has threatened to expel any aggrieved member that drags the party to court without first exhausting all internal peace and conflict resolution mechanism and efforts to resolve such grievances.
National chairman of the party, Victor Ike Oye who disclosed this at APGA’s Quadrennial National Retreat yesterday in Abuja said the party has been able to acquire a N220million edifice in Abuja making it the first political party to do so in Nigeria.
He said, “In our commitment to solve the accommodation problem of the party, I am glad to report to you that we have acquired and paid for a property in the FCT that will serve as our new headquarters making us the first political party in Nigeria to own a permanent office in Abuja.
“Also we have been able to settle all the annual rents of our party offices in the 36 states of the federation and Abuja in the past four years of our tenure and will on this occasion release the sum of N18.5million our state offices for payment of rent for the next one year.”
Similarly he explained that he was able to put a stop to using the party’s scarce resources to service rents by ensuring that the party acquires a befitting office accommodation in FCT by instilling physical discipline in members.
“I have been able to instill physical discipline in the party because there is nothing one can achieve without physical discipline.”
He regretted that despite efforts to involve everyone in decision-making and in running the affairs of the party, “we still faced the challenge of indiscipline from a few members.
“We had to enforce discipline where necessary to uphold the unity and health of the party.”
Continuing he noted,”Those who deliberately violated the constitutional provisions for settling internal disputes by taking the party to court were expelled to prevent a return to the judicial rascality that almost destroyed the party in the past.
“The six members of the NWC who violated this provision were expelled from the party.
“In the last NEC meeting it was resolved that henceforth any member that takes the party to court in violation of the constitution will automatically lose party membership.” organs of the party, the state chairman, the NWC.
On the ministerial appointment, he said what President Muhammadu Buhari needs now is to get the best hands to work with him.
“Buhari is visionary but some of the people working with him do not share his vision. That is the problem we have.
“if APGA had been given a slot we would have celebrated it but I believe that what he has done there is nothing wrong with that.
“Those people that Buhari nominated are human beings, they are Nigerian and they are experienced, well educated and the president told Nigerians that he would not choose anybody that he didn’t know. Now that he has chosen the people he knows if he fails from now we will hold him responsible,” he said.