By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA—All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, yesterday, said it was ready to team up with both Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, ahead of 2015 general elections, if such invitation was extended to it.
APGA also condemned last week’s South-East stakeholders’ meeting of the party in the house of late Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in Nnewi, Anambra State, saying the meeting had portrayed APGA as a sectional and tribal party.
APGA’s National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, made this known in Kaduna at the end of an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the 19 Northern states.
He said: “We are ready to go into an alliance with any progressive party if only to defeat Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the election. APGA is a progressive party; by its mere name alone. So we are not afraid of joining alliance with other progressive, but not a merger.
“We have not been invited yet. We are all for any positive move that would remove the inept regime of PDP. We had adopted Goodluck Jona-than in the last presidential elections, but now we are very disappointed because he has not been able to improve on the living conditions of Nigerians.
“I want to assure you, as the National Secretary of APGA, that we are coming out with a presidential candidate for 2015, whether we have an alliance or not.
“We will join Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Chief Ahmed Tinubu to defeat PDP in a credible election come 2015 if we are invited into an alliance.”
In a communiqué read by the National Vice Chairman, North-West Zone of APGA, Mr. Mohammed Miadoya, the party “noted with satisfaction the great achievements recorded by the current national leadership of APGA, led by Chief Victor Umeh as National Chairman and Alhaji Sani Shinkafi as National Secretary.
“The party expressed shock that a purported South-East stakeholders’ meeting of our party called outside the provisions of the constitution, purportedly issued directives to the National Executive Committee, NEC, of our party.
“The manner of that action tried to portray APGA as a South-East party rather than the national party that it is. We condemn that action and advise that decisions for the party should be made by the organs of the party recognised by the party constitution.”