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APGA repositions for council polls in Ebonyi

15 April 2013, 13:32

Abakaliki - The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Ebonyi said it had repositioned itself to contest the September 2013, local government polls in the state.

Jerry Obasi, state Chairman of the party, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki that APGA had mobilised members and resources to ensure victory in the exercise.

Obasi said that the party would field candidates with track records of proven integrity and that the candidates would emerge through open and transparent party primaries.

He said that the party believed in internal democracy and would not allow imposition of candidates on members.

The chairman stressed that only those validly nominated and chosen by the party would fly the APGA flag in the election.

He said that the party would feature chairmanship and counsellorship candidates in all the 13 local government areas of the state.

Obasi said that the state leadership of the party was working round the clock to ensure that the party achieved electoral victory, adding that APGA would be the party to beat in the election.

He said: ``We are aware of the enormity of task before us in view of the dominance of the ruling PDP government.

``We are going to insist on the conduct of credible election based on one man one vote, one woman one vote and one youth one vote.

``Again as a party, we will ensure that we guide and protect our votes and to ensure that the voting process is transparent.''

Obasi lamented the decay in infrastructure, increasing wave of crime and corruption, youth unemployment and the collapse of the health sector, which he blamed on bad leadership.

He dismissed fears that the leadership crisis rocking the party was going to affect its electoral fortunes in the election and other subsequent exercises.

The party chairman said that the crisis was part of the democratic process and that the party would emerge “stronger, more united, more stable and more focused”.

``In party democracy such as ours, there is always room for conflict and conflict resolution and that of APGA is not an exception.

``True, the party is in one of its trying moments, but I make bold to say that APGA will come out stronger and a more transformed party.

``Again, I can assure you that this crisis will not affect the electoral fortunes of our party in the forthcoming polls,’’ Obasi said.



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