By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, High Chief Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, recently at his office domiciled inside APGA Regional Secretariat, Awka, received the National Executive Members of Anambra Mandate For Good Governance, AMFGG led by Chief Emmanuel Ogugua and the members, Board of Trustees, BoT of the Organization led by Chief Cyprian Okereke.
Receiving the group, the APGA Boss thanked them for the visit, saying that he was not unaware of the support and contributions of the association towards achieving Governor Soludo’s mantra of liveable and prosperous homeland, adding that having identified with him and the party, he would ensure that they were carried along in the scheme of things .
High Chief Obi-Okoye explained that the party was big enough to accommodate any support group that wished to work with APGA led administration in the state, saying that no support group would be bigger than the party, Even as he assured them of the party’s goodwill, protection, guidance and care.
“We are aware of your existence. We are well aware of your exploits in Anambra State beginning from when the association was formed. We know your contribution towards enthroning this government. We equally know what you did in ensuring that former Governor Willie Obiano was re-elected for a second term in office. We are here also asking you to continue with your good work in the state. It will never go unnoticed and unrewarded.
“You promote and defend the APGA brand and all her candidates. We are taking the party to a kindred level. We want to internalize. The party will work with you. We know your capacity and reach. We want to ensure that the party is domesticated beginning from Umunna (Kindred) level. We are handing the party to the people”, Obi-Okoye stated.
Earlier in his speech, the National President of AMFGG, Chief Emmanuel Ogugua paid a glowing tribute to APGA helmsman, describing him as a grassroots mobilizer and an experienced politician, saying that he was more than happy seeing he emerged as the Chairman of APGA in Anambra State.
Chief Ogugua noted that the group was in his office to pay allegiance to the party as well as his leadership, emphasizing that AMFGG depicted and represented anything APGA and would continue to assist the party towards ensuring that Anambra remained an APGA’s state.
“We are for anything APGA. For you to qualify as our member, you must be an active and supportive member of the party. We preach and live APGA. We have active and working members everywhere in Anambra State. We have ward Executives, polling units coordinators as well as Local Government exco. Our members are scattered all over the place”, Chief Ogugua also known as Okadigbo Aguleri concluded.
In their separate speeches, the Chairman Board of Trustees, BoT of AMFGG, Chief Cyprian Okereke, the former Coordinator of AMFGG in Njikoka and the Honourable member representing Njikoka State Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Chief Jude Akpua spoke highly of the party’s leadership, stating that they were super elated with the emergence of Obi-Okoye as the Chairman of APGA in Anambra State.
According to the duo, with Obi-Okoye as the Chairman of the party in Anambra State, APGA would continue to move in the right direction adding that Obi-Okoye’s wealth of experience would be highly instrumental in moving the party forward.
Chief Okereke noted that he would not forget what Obi-Okoye did when he was the Special Adviser On Political Matters to the immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano in a hurry, saying that the APGA helmsman in the state was the brain behind the former Governor’s legacy projects.
“He mooted the idea to the former Governor Obiano. I was the SSA Political then. I was privy to that information. Chief Obiano bought into the idea immediately and asked him to go and prepare a working plan. He rallied us Immediately after that meeting with His Excellency. Today, you can see the effects of that advice he gave to the governor. We know your antecedents. Your capacity is never in doubt. We are lucky to have you as our Chairman”, he said.
For his part, Hon Akpua spoke extensively about Anambra Mandate For Good Governance, AMFGG, describing the group as well organized and coordinated, emphasizing that the association gave him 30th votes in Njikoka State Constituency at the last election, saying that they were out to support and promote APGA as a party as well as Governor Chukwuma Soludo led administration.
“We are made up of men and women of class. We are not hungry. We give money to support any APGA candidate in every election. We use our money to work for the party. We are not the type of support group that fizzles out after each time. We have been around. We have the resources, contacts and reach. We are everywhere in Anambra. This is the platform that gave me victory. They worked day and night to ensure that I emerged as the lawmaker representing Umuowelle. I am grateful”, Hon. Akpua stated.
Photo: High Chief Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, APGA Chairman, Anambra State.
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