The crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) deepened on Friday following the emergence of two different factional national chairmen after the staging of national conventions conducted in Anambra and Imo States.
During the party’s national convention held in Awka, Anambra state on Friday, Dr. Victor Oye was re-elected as the national chairman of APGA for another term of four years.
The party also appointed the son and widow of the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Emeka and Bianca, respectively as members of Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party.
Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, was also announced, as the chairman of the party’s BoT.
According to Oye, the new APGA leadership would lift the party to a height in the next four years adding that it would be the party to beat in any general elections.
He said; “We are robust and healthy as a political party. We have N1.3bn intact in the bank as I speak now. By the time we round off our tenure in the next four year, APGA would be the party to beat in any election in the country.
“I enjoin aggrieved members, maybe for the last time, to sheathe their swords and come back and join in building the party.
The other convention conducted in Owerri, the Imo State capital, produced the former National Vice Chairman, South, Chief Edozie Njoku, as the national chairman.
According to Chief Njoku who addressed members including 35 delegates from each of the 36 states of the federation and Abuja, the party’s convention and subsequent emergence was consequent upon the nullification of the outcome of the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party held on May 14 in Awka, Anambra State by a court of competent jurisdiction.
The APGA factional chairman castigated Chief Victor Oye and his team for plunging the party into avoidable crisis through chains of anti-party activities, saying, “we need to apologise to all those who were misled and shortchanged before and during the last elections because we are prepared to heal the wounds. APGA is like Jesus Christ to us and we collectively resolved and agreed that the post of the national chairman must leave Anambra State for another state and with a sincere spirit of teamwork and, collectively, we shall rebuild our party. All we want is for democracy to reign in our party and we should desist from unwarranted criticism and put heads together to rebuild APGA.”