Reconcile differing factions, embark on grassroots mobilization, Prof. Ibe tasks new National Chairman of APGA…Advises Egwu, Onukwubiri
To attain political harmony, the Abia state Governorship Candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the just concluded 2023 election, Prof Gregory Ibe has tasked the new National Chairman of APGA, Barr. Sly Ezeokenwa, to strive to strengthen every organ of the party, through the reconciliation of differing factions.
In a congratulatory message to the new APGA National Chairman made available to newsmen by Pastor Sleek Ogwo, ANIPR, Director, Media & Publicity Prof Gregory Ibe Campaign Organization, Prof. Ibe also tasked the leadership of Ezeokenwa to embark on grassroots mobilization of new members in order to realize the lofty dream of achieving national spread as conceived by the founding fathers of our party.
Prof Ibe, who commended the National Leader of the party and Governor of Anambra state, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for ensuring peaceful conduct of the event also lauded the immediate past National Chairman of APGA, Ozonkpu Victor Oye and members of his National Working Committee (NWC) for their sacrificial stewardship to the party, which according to him, produced many legacies.
His words, ” While formally appreciating our National Leader and Governor of Anambra state, Prof Chukwuma Soludo for providing peaceful environment that encouraged participation of delegates from across the nation, I want to specially congratulate Barr. Sly Ezeokenwa for his emergence as the youngest National Chairman of a political party in Nigeria”.
Continuing he said, “Sequel to his emergence I want to use this opportunity to charge Barr Ezeokenwa to build on the foundations laid by the NWC of our immediate past National Chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Oye, whose sacrificial stewardship produced many tangible legacies, by uniting and extending the frontiers of the party across the nation”
Furthermore, Prof. Ibe congratulated other leaders of the party who emerged both at the National Convention and Congresses held at Ward, LGA and State levels.
” I also want to use this platform to congratulate Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe on his election as a member of our Board of Trustees and Rev Augustine Ehiemere who emerged unopposed as Vice Chairman for South East”, Prof. Ibe added.
Reacting to a purported fractionalization of the Abia State Working Committee of APGA, Prof Ibe stated that as leader of the party he refrained from interfering with the conduct of Ward, LGA and State Congresses, chosing rather to maintain unbiased neutrality throughout the duration of the exercise.
According to him,” As leader of the party in Abia, I determined not to interfer with the conduct of the Congresses in order to allow our members elect their chieftains democratically, of course with the guidance of State and National Officers. Now that the NWC has authenticated the election of Ambassador Sunday Onukwubiri as State Chairman at the just concluded National Convention, I want to appeal to the Chief Emmanuel Egwu led faction to please sheath their sword in order to create enabling environment for peaceful resolution of all contentious issues as one united family and in the spirit of ‘Onye Aghala Nwanneya’. Ambassador Onukwubiri on the other hand should be magnanimous in victory by extending the proverbial hand of fellowship to aggrieved members in order to unite the party”, he passionately advised.
Recall that APGA recently held her National Convention in Awka, Anambra State which saw the emergence of Barr. Sly Ezeokenwa as National Chairman among other duly elected officials of the party.