By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA — All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, yesterday adopted President Goodluck Jonathan, as its presidential candidate for the 2015 election and ratified Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State ,as the leader of the party and chairman of its Board of Trustees, BOT.
At the party’s special convention held in Awka, the party also ratified the amendment of some sections of its constitution to make it more functional.
The motion for the adoption of Jonathan was moved by the deputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, and seconded by the Bauchi State chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Musa.
National chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, said the adoption of President Jonathan as its candidate was in line with its earlier decision not to field any presidential candidate for 2015, but to support the incumbent president for the second tenure.
Umeh said: “We are unapologetic about Jonathan for 2015. In 2011, we adopted him and directed our members and supporters to vote for him. H is seeking the mandate of Nigerians for the second tenure and the National Executive Committee, NEC, of our party has considered the situation in the country and looking at the mood of the nation, we believe that what Nigerians need is a building force to advance the fortunes of the nation.
“His promise on October 1, 2014 that he will implement the report of the national conference is a welcome development because Nigeria’s future can be sustained on the basis of the outcome of the resolutions of that conference. With the resolution of the party at various occasions, we want to put the weight of APGA behind Jonathan to continue the good work he is doing for the country.”
Other amendments ratified include the ratification of Governor Obiano as the leader and BOT chairman of APGA in view of what the delegates described as his proven desire to move the party to a greater height.
The convention also amended the constitution of the party to allow serving officers to remain in office 120 days beyond their tenure to ensure smooth transition.
It also expunged part of the party’s constitution that made the founding chairman of APGA, Chief Chkwas Okorie, a permanent leader of the party, arguing that a national political party should not revolve around an individual.
There was however a mild drama when the wife of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu , opposed the extension of the tenure of the serving officers of the party, arguing that it was not proper for them to remain in office beyond the constitutionally stipulated period.