APGA schedules national convention for April

The Nigerian party has announced its plan for its conventions.

A faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has scheduled its national convention for April, its interim National Chairman, Maxi Okwu, has said.

Mr. Okwu announced the plan at a meeting of the party in Enugu on Friday but did not give further details of the convention.

The interim chairman was appointed after an Enugu court sacked the party’s chairman, Victor Umeh, who insists he is still APGA Chairman and has appealed the ruling.

Mr. Okwu said that a committee would be set up to ensure the success of the congresses at the local, state and national levels.

The chairman said the ward congress would commence on March 30, while the local and state congresses would follow.

He noted that a crucial meeting to be chaired by APGA governors and national executives would hold in Anambra on Saturday to solidify the arrangements.

“The state congress will be held in the middle of April here in Enugu State where APGA began in July 2001. We will launch a new APGA that will win Enugu State and the entire Igbo land.

“We will kick off with the ward congresses nationwide on March 30, then local government congresses a week later and then state congresses. The national convention will take place in April here in Enugu,’’ he said.

Mr. Okwu disclosed that five candidates had indicated interest to contest the chairmanship of the party in Enugu State.

He said his mandate as the party’s interim chairman was to reconcile and reintegrate its members.

“We want to reach out to every member, particularly those who left the party out of anger,” he said.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had rejected the plan by the party to hold the convention.

(NAN)

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