Members kick as APGA zones presidency to the North

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Tony Okafor, Awka

The All Progressives Grand Alliance is stricken by a crisis of confidence as the Board of Trustees and National Working Committee are feuding over the zoning of its presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections.

Investigations by our correspondent showed that while the BOT had resolved that the party’s presidential slot be zoned to the north, the NWC said it was not consulted in the resolution.

The BOT meeting that took the decision was, it was learnt, held at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, near Awka, the state capital.

The meeting, it was gathered, was held at the instance of Governor Willie Obiano, who is the party’s National Leader and BOT chairman.

A communiqué of the meeting stated that the board members deliberated on the future of the party, with specific attention given to the upcoming general election and the options facing the party.

Stating the position of the BOT , the Secretary of the board, Sani Shinkafi, confirmed the decision.

He said,“After due considerations based on popular demand by party members, the party has resolved to field a presidential candidate with the ticket zoned to the North, while the Vice Presidential candidate will come from the South -East.”

But a member of the NWC of the party, who pleaded anonymity, said the NWC was not consulted when the BOT took the decision.

He said,”The decision cannot stand. It’s undemocratic and dictatorial. APGA has not taken any decision on the 2019 presidential ticket.

“Any person or group of persons purporting that such decision has been taken by our great party are on their own.

“My advice is that certain people should not allow their personal interests to destroy this party that had cost us our time and resources.

It was gathered that a meeting of the BOT and NWC is expected to hold on September 12.