Chief Chekwas Okorie
The United Progressive Party, UPP, says that the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, lost its soul the day its founder, Chief Chekwas Okorie, left the party.
The party expressed confidence in beating the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano, in the November 18 governorship election in the state, because his party, APGA, had become a carcass of its old self.
Mr Uche Amaku, Publicity Secretary of the party in Anambra State, stated this during a visit to the meeting of the Correspondents' Chapel of the NUJ in the state. He said the party was fully mobilized to battle APGA for the 2018 governorship election.
'APGA has today been hijacked by people who are not even aware what the mission of the founding fathers of the party is. The soul of the party has long left it, what is left of the party today is its carcass.
'It is true that UPP and APGA were founded by the same leader, Chief Chekwas Okorie, but it is obvious that APGA lost its bearing and focus to serve as a platform for marginalised persons in Nigeria, especially Ndigbo, to participate fully in the country's Democratic system,' Amaku said.
He said APGA was now a political instrument of a few individuals which had failed to serve as its intended purpose of mainstreaming the collective aspiration of Igbos.
Speaking on the recent endorsement of the party by the pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Amaku said some members of the group were its members and that they had no problem with that as the group had never been violent.
He said, 'We are not partnering with them, you cannot partner a political party, rather some of their members are in our party. We are giving them the opportunity to be a part of the democratic system in Nigeria.
'APGA which is supposed to be an Igbo party has not demonstrated that they are sympathetic of the Igbo man's cause. They have derailed from the original reason for the formation of the party,' he said.