Posted by News Express | 3 April 2015 | 3,642 times
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has vowed to take the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to greater heights in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and leader of the party.
He told selected editors whom he recently granted audience in the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, that the party will likely win the April 11 governorship election and spring a surprise in Nasarawa, among other places:
He said: “Under my watch, we are going to spread out from Anambra. What APGA is looking for is leadership. I believe they found in me somebody that can say something and do it. That is the fellow I am.
“I have the enthusiasm to establish this party first all over the South-East. We are very likely to win Abia State governorship election. We are doing very well in Ebonyi with Senator Agbo, our governorship candidate. What is going for us there is that he is from Ezzamgbo and that is where they have the voting population.
“We are also going to do very well in Imo. Don’t forget Imo was APGA until Governor Rochas Okorocha moved to APC. We are still there strongly.”
On the fate of APGA outside its Igbo roots, Obiano said that it is already being transformed into a national party under his watch. He spoke of APGA’s rising profile in states such as Nasarawa, Ogun and Zamfara.
His words: “The other thing that is making us a national party is the interest shown by Nasarawa State. That is an area we can also win. Labaran Maku is with us. When he could not get the ticket in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) he joined APGA. He visited me once here. He has a strong opposition but he is doing very well.
“Then of course, there is Zamfara State where Sani Shinkafi is running for the governorship.
“For the first time, I went to Abeokuta, our governorship candidate, Professor Bamgboye, is doing well. He was a key fellow of the PDP until he lost the primary.”
On efforts being made by him as the only APGA governor in the country to empower party members, Obiano said: “When I took over, there were certain things I gave to APGA people – jobs, contracts, etc. To work for us you must register as APGA. My predecessor ran it differently. He was the only one that brought out money and everything revolved around him. We are doing well. I am quite confident that the results of the coming election will be different from what we used to have.”
•Photo shows Governor Obiano.
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