OJUKWU'S DEMISE SHOULD NOT CREATE VACUUM IN APGA - GROUP
By PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI-ALL Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in the United States of America, APGA-USA, has called on the leadership of the party not to allow exit of its national leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, create a vacuum in the party.
In a statement by its National Chairman and General Secretary, Kpajie Augustine Nnamdi Onochie and Okwukwe Okoudu Ibiam respectively, the party charged state governors elected on the party's platform to rally round the current leadership and secretariat of the party, led by Chief Victor Umeh, and Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, to provide the necessary support and sponsorship needed to grow the party at the local, state and national levels.
According to them, the party cannot afford a leadership vacuum or crisis at this time in the political history of the nation.
They stressed that the party could only grow to prominence under a supported and sustained leadership of no mean feat.
The statement read: 'APGA USA appeals to all to sheathe their swords, work together in unison and see how far it gets us. Let all hands be on deck to grow and sustain the party using the existing Local and National officers.
'We at APGA USA pledge to do our share to continue to uplift our great party and the issues it represents. We stand in solidarity with our current party executives and State Governors as they continue the arduous of strengthening our party.
'We must remark that our party, APGA has generated much goodwill following the events of the past weeks. We at APGA USA would like our party apparatus to jump on this momentum, giving our party the much needed boost required to endear it to our fertile electorate everywhere in Nigeria.
'We must note that given the events of the last few days, our electorate now looks forward to supporting a firm, institutional like, and poised APGA leadership which will guide the party affairs over time.
'We, at the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA USA, sincerely thank the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed forces, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for the immense and distinguished burial ceremony accorded our National leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu at his passing.'
They further enjoined party faithful not to be lukewarm in their support for the current leadership of the party, adding that consolidation of the party's political achievements was paramount for it to attain more political heights in the nearest future.