In a resignation letter addressed to the National Secretary of the Party and submitted in the Party’s Abuja office on Thursday, Mr Obi said that he was resigning as Leader and BoT Chairman, into which he was appointed in January 2014 by the National Executive Council of the Party, which, according to him, was yet to be ratified by a Convention of the party as stipulated by the constitution.
Obi cited family and personal reasons, but did not give details. He, however, wished the party well in future endeavors. He stated that he remains an ordinary APGA member.
When contacted, his Media Aide, Mr Valentine Obienyem, confirmed the development.
“If you recall, my boss was nominated the Leader of the Party and the Chairman of her Board of Trustees in January. The nomination was yet to be ratified by a Convention of the Party, when he submitted his letter of resignation.
“Since the convention will take place next year, people have found it convenient to blame him for the woes of the Party on the reason that he had failed to intervene on matters affecting the party, not knowing that without ratification of his nomination, he had no platform under which to intervene,” he said.
Obienyem said that his boss remained an APGA member, and would continue to support the Party at all times.
APGA is presently witnessing mass exodus of her key members, who cite the appropriation of the party by one man as a reason.
Peter Obi was Governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from March 17, 2006 to November 2, 2006, when he was impeached and from February 9, 2007 to May 29, 2007 after his impeachment was overturned.
Although a fresh election was held on April 29, 2007, he was reappointed Governor on June 14, 2007 after a court ruling that he should be allowed to complete a four-year term.
He won a February 6, 2010 election for a second term as governor and was succeeded on March 17, 2014, by Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.