Chief Obunike Ohaegbu, middle, interim state chairman, Advanced People's Democratic Alliance, APDA, stressing a point at a press interaction, June 24, in Ukpor, Nnewi South LGA
The Advanced People's Democratic Alliance, APDA, is poised to produce the next president of the country come 2019, the Anambra State Chapter interim chairman of the party, Sir Obunike Ohaegbu, has said, reports Jude Atupulazi.
Addressing newsmen in Ukpor, Nnewi South LGA, June 24, Ohaegbu said the party had already set machinery in motion towards actualizing its objective, part of which, he said, was to emerge as the country's major opposition party before 2019. This is even as he said the party would take part in the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 18 this year.
He described APDA as an alternative to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, noting that they would provide good opposition to the party in power.
Ohaegbu regretted the dearth of credible opposition in the country's politics, a development he attributed to lack of internal democracy arising from what he called a flawed nomination process.
Going further, he said that the use of delegates during primaries robbed party members of effecting the right choice of candidates, thus killing internal democracy.
He however said that APDA was poised to change all that as every party member would be involved in choosing their candidates through direct primaries anchored on electronic voting.
Ohaegbu who said that APDA would change the mind set of people towards politics in the country, said APDA had decreed that funds would be raised internally by members, pointing out that the party was peopled by those who believed in the cause and vision of the party.
He said that APDA was bent on giving the youth a chance, hence its resolve to involve the youth in the scheme of things in the party.
According to him, it was only by involving the youth that they could be launched into leadership positions in line with current political trends globally.
The APDA strong man also condemned the N3m poster levy imposed by the Anambra State Government on aspirants, promising that the party would raise the issue at its planned meeting with the governor of the state.
Present at the briefing were the interim state secretary of the party, Bar Emeka Onuzulike; Mrs Ngozi Akaniru, interim women's mobilizer and Chief Okey Nwizugbe, interim organising secretary, among others.
APDA was among the six new political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on June 6 this year.