By Peter Okutu & Vincent Ujumadu

ABAKALIKI-THE All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, weekend described the victory of the party in the just-concluded supplementary election in Imo State as a mass revolt against  perceived mal-administration of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government in the state.

The party stated that despite the fact that its candidate, Mr. Rochas Okorocha, joined the governorship campaign less than two months to the election, it remained remarkable the level of support that accompanied the election as people funded most of the campaign activities on their own.

In a press statement issued in Abakaliki, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Benard Akoma, added that Okorocha did not win the election out of his excellent political campaign organisation nor his spending. He said  the victory was a result of a general resolve by the people to effect a change in the state.

He said: “APGA’s victory in Imo State was a mass revolt against a perceived mal-administration of PDP government in the state.

“Despite the fact that the party’s guber candidate, Mr. Rochas Okorocha, joined the race to the state’s Government House less than two months to the governorship election, the support given to the party was tsunamic as it erupted like a volcano.

“Okorocha never won that election out of his excellent political campaign organisation nor because of his deep pocket as people funded most of the activities on their own. There was a general resolve by the people to effect a change in the state.

“Again, the support to Okorocha was borne out of a leadership challenge not only for Imo people but also for the entire Igbo race.

“There is a common perception that Okorocha represents that individual the Igbos are waiting for to take them to the promised land. Again, Okorocha’s victory was like a pay back time for Ohakim by Imo people who felt he stole the earlier mandate which they gave to APGA in 2007.

“Above all,  APGA’s victory in Imo is a message by the parent states of Anambra and Imo to their children in Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi that come 2015, this is the platform the Igbos should adopt to actualise their political interests.”

… new dawn for Igbo – Obi

AWKA – STILL basking in the euphoria of his party’s victory in Imo State governorship election, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has said the victory of Mr. Rochas Okorocha signified the beginning of the process of re-inventing the Igbo identity in the country.

Addressing reporters in Awka, Obi, who recalled the past efforts to kill the spirit of APGA as a political party, said Okorocha’s victory, in addition to the impressive outing of the party in Anambra State, had rekindled that spirit.

His said: “Today is a new dawn for APGA which represents the Igbo man’s political consciousness.
“In the past, there was a connivance to stifle the development of that consciousness, but with this victory the shackles are now being shaken off.

“While I congratulate my brother, Rochas Okorocha, I thank members of APGA in Anambra State and throughout the country, because from point zero we were able to secure over 60 per cent of available political posts in the just concluded elections in Anambra State.

“I look forward to the Igbos working together for the good of our people and that, for me, is the significance of Rochas’ victory.”

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