• Says ‘APGA cannot be part of such arrangement’
From PETRUS OBI, Enugu
A stalwart of the All Progressive Grand Alliance and former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Onwuka Ukwa, has distanced the party from the new alliance being formed by opposition parties in the country, insisting that the party is not aware of any merger.
Ukwa, who spoke in Enugu, described merger as a policy matter which falls within the purview of party pronouncement and not an individual political desire or ambition. Said he: “It is, therefore, very important that we must not engage in any personal party activity that will expose the national chairman, Chief Victor Umeh to any difficulty. “Let me warn; I do not believe that ganging up against the Federal Government in whatever shape or form is a constructive political opposition that will achieve any meaningful result for our democratic process.
“It is only designed to achieve individual political ambition; it is not up to one year the nation came out of elections with staggering amount of money spent; the focus at this particular time should be what services should be provided the citizens of this great country rather than embarking on another costly political campaign.” Ukwa argued that no one can attribute the unfortunate Boko Haram problem to President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration “because we all know the origin of the security problem and it’s something every citizen of this country, must assist in resolving.
“APGA is not aware of any merger; we are not involved in any merger; we are not aware of any merger discussion let alone being involved in any form of merger. “APGA cannot be involved in an arrangement that has already been concluded and positions shared among those involved. You are aware that this merger thing has been on since last year; they have already shared everything among themselves, so what is APGA coming to do there?
“I have made this very clear that APGA is intact; APGA is a distinct body with a distinct character; a viable political alternative and we would remain so. So, we are not aware of any merger; whoever is engaged in that is doing so on his own personal capacity; and whatever ambition they have.”