APGA Appoints Obi As Deputy National Leader

The Chairmen’s forum of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in its first ever National Executive Meeting which held in Awka, Anambra state, endorsed Mr. Peter Obi, the Governor of Anambra state, as its Deputy National Leader.

In the same meeting, chairmen of the party unanimously appointed Dr. Isa Arzuka Jega as the interim National Chairman.

The major objective of the forum was to discuss the process of restructuring and moving the party forward and it had all its 36 chairmen from all states of the federation in attendance.

In a communiqué issued by the forum, the executives of the party commended the leadership role of Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, and endorsing his position as its Deputy National Leader.

The communiqué also disclosed that the party’s National Convention will be held in Enugu in April.

In Februray 2012, chieftains of the party disassociated themselves from the merger talks with some opposition political parties in the country.

While addressing the chairmen for the first time, Mr. Obi took them down memory lane once again on the principles and ideals of the party, and on how he single-handedly financed the party, fought and won the 2003 governorship election, secured the second mandate 2010 and ensured that APGA is not dead and forgotten.

“My present concern and preoccupation would be to ensure the survival of the party through the conduct of a convention to usher in new party National Executive.” He stated.

Some of the members expressed satisfaction over the new dimension the party is taking.

The forum also resolved to readmit without pre-conditions all former members who express the desire to return to the party as well as grant clemency to all previously sanctioned members of the party.

ACN Confirms Merger Talks

The national chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Bisi Akande has confirmed an on-going plan for a possible merger between the political party, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Chief Akande revealed this to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital during a visit by the party’s leadership to the palace of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III to commiserate with him over the fire that gutted a section of his palace.

He said various committees have been set-up to work out modalities for the merger, which would put the opposition in a better stand to contest the elections with the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.