By Chris Ochayi, Abuja
Erstwhile chieftain of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Edwin Ugochukwu Nchonwu has called on National Working Committee of the party under Chief Victor Umeh and Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, national chairman and national secretary respectively, to start a process for total restructuring of the party.

Chief Ugochukwu who stated this in Abuja while speaking with newsmen on the ongoing crisis in the party, said, all sacrifices that will enable peace to reign in APGA should be made because according to him, “the party is the flag of Ndigbo.”

The former state Chairman of APGA in the FCT maintained that the Chief Victor Umeh leadership of the party has overstayed its welcome and therefore, should commence a process for the conduct of congresses into the various offices.

The former member of Zik’s Saturday Vanguard of the NCNC era claimed that “Chief Umeh has become the National Chairman of APGA, through appointment since seven years ago and wondered why he has not been able to organize any party election at the national, state and local government levels.

Chief Nchonwu who is now a member of PDP, said he joined APGA in 2006 and later became chairman in Gwagwalada Area Council from where he was subsequently appointed the Acting State chairman for Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

He said he dumped the party when Chief Victor Umeh rejected his suggestion that the party’s structure should be established all over the federation that he decided to quit the party.

 

APGA, he said is crucial to Indigbo, adding, “when the party is restructured and new national leaderships come on board, the party will become one of the largest party in the country because many prominent politicians from the South East will join the party.

He said, “but now, Chief victor Umeh’s leadership is retarding the progress of the party and we feel something urgent must be done about it. As an Igbo man, it is good I am in PDP, but I am still concern with the fortune of APGA.

But the leadership of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has swiftly reacted to the called by Chief Ugochukwu, saying he was not a member of the party and therefore stop making such remarks about the party.

The party through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Iheanacho Orji urged the public to discountenance Chief Ugochukwu whom he described as estrange party member who has no right to comment of the affairs of the party.

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