Okorocha is free to leave APGA – Nwobu Alor

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Sylvester Nwobu-Alor, is the Special Adviser on Parks and Markets to the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi.  An uncle to the governor, he is also the leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Stakeholders Forum. He speaks with CHINELO OBOGO on the crises in APGA, the recent court judgment that sacked the party’s National Executive Council, the merging of opposition parties and plans of the party in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Excerpts:

The crises is APGA

I do not think that Chukwuemka Ojukwu Jnr. was right, when he said the issue with APGA was about who would succeed Governor Peter Obi and alleging that the governor wanted to ram someone down the party’s throat. The governor is so busy, trying to improve the lot of the state to start squabbling about who will succeed him and who will not. He is not that kind of person. He is not working to run anybody down or prevent anyone from contesting the governorship election. There is no question of a problem, coming from the nomination of somebody from the South Senatorial Zone. All that we are waiting for is to get a nomination from the zone, and then we will take off.

Contrary to widely held beliefs, it is not true that the governor is in support of anyone from any zone, whether north or south. The issue there is that as long as the zones send a nominee for the primary election, then things can take off from there. That is all he is waiting for and I can swear with my hair that he is not in support of any particular person.

AGPA’s forthcoming convention

It is true that a final hearing on Victor Umeh’s case will take place on April 8, the same day the party has scheduled to hold a convention that will produce members of the National Executive Council. Before we fixed that date, we made proper enquiries from lawyers on the workability of the date and they said there was nothing wrong with it. But if on that day, the court rules that no convention should be held and the ruling is in accordance with the constitution, we will respect it. However, I do not think that will happen because we sought for legal counsel before fixing the date. The lawyers that we consulted told us that the judgment that ousted Umeh from being the national chairman was a declaratory judgment and a stay of execution, which Umeh is seeking does not affect a declaratory judgment. In the case of INEC, it is a very important body in Nigeria and it cannot be seen to be ignoring court decisions. The court has said it had dissolved the national executive of the party; it is unfortunate that Umeh is going around disgracing everybody, including the court, just because he does not want to leave office. The court said it had sacked the NEC of the party, including Umeh. But in order not to create a vacuum, it ordered that the party should fix a date to conduct a national convention where party officials will be elected. So, INEC, on its part, should not be seen to be taking sides but should adhere to the ruling that a court of competent jurisdiction has given. We started this party and we are not going to watch while it goes down. On the issue of who will receive correspondence from INEC on the party’s behalf, it is we, the stakeholders that will decide who INEC will deal with, when it comes to official matters. It is not and cannot be Umeh because he has been sacked by the court.

APGA crises will not affect 2014 election

It is not true that Gov. Obi has not given adequate support to the party. It is public knowledge that he has tried his best to ensure that the party stands. During the last elections, he followed most of the candidates and campaigned in every nook and cranny of the state. So, it is unfair for anyone to say he did not do enough for the party.

What we are doing now is to ensure that we put our house back in order and join our forces together so that we will win the elections. What has held us down is that we had an inept leadership and that is why we are working round the clock to put things in order so that we will regain the grounds that we have lost. It is very worrisome that APGA is embroiled in such a situation but unfortunately, that is the character we find in the average Igbo man that believes in running others down when he cannot climb up himself. Our people like creating unnecessary squabbles where none should exist. That is why we are worried about the problems it is having and we are trying hard to restructure the party. Even though APGA is a national party, it has a lot Igbo interests and if we do not work hard, it means the Igbo will be sidelined from a lot of things in the political arena of the country.

Gov. Okorocha and APC

We are not saying we have very strong presence in Imo State and it is because the leadership we had in the party was very ineffective and incompetent. That is why we are where we are. We are working together with everyone who believes in the party and wants to work together with us. A lot of people have said many things about the merger of opposition parties and why the Governor of Imo State, who was elected on the platform of APGA, is joining them. But it is not compulsory that Okorocha works with us if he does not want to. It is not compulsory that he must work with us. You will be surprised at the calibre of people that are joining the party. Many of those who matter in the south-east are gradually coming into our fold. So, I do not see one person, going away as anything important.  This party has been on since 2001 and was solely sponsored by one man but Okorocha just came onto the scene. Obi has been reaching out to Okorocha in many ways. He has tried to reason with him over the issue of the merger and to tell him the implications of doing what he is doing but you cannot force the Imo governor to do what he does not want to do. The PDP may not accept Okorocha into its fold and the APC, which he is bent on joining, may or may not be the best for him in terms of strategy. Obi has let him know these issues that I feel he should listen to and he has advised him that if he does not consider his moves properly, he might be losing out entirely in all aspects of politics.

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    • Why do you call an elder statesman or anyone for that matter foolish? If you disagree with any of the issues he raised,then make your point in a respectful manner. That is the mark of a gentleman and one with good manners. A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE!

      • If you are 100 years old and you are a fool it does make any difference. I can not respect a crook because he is 100 years old. This Alor is a crook.

      • @chike WHY I CALL rochas okorocha FOOLISH MAN IS THAT HE BE USED BY NORTHERNS SINCE HIS LIFE, MOST OF HIS INVESTMENT. WAS IN THE NORTH ..DID HIM THINK THEY WILL REGARD HIM,I HAVE LIVE IN THE NORTH BEFOER I RELOCATE. TO UK,..I KNOW HOW NORTHERN BEHAVES THE WILL USED HIM AND DUMP HIM AND FOR HIS INFORMATION HE WILL NEVER BE NIGERIA PRESIDENT. FOR HIS LIFE

        • Okorocha must have joined APC to be made the merger’s presidential candidate in 2015 – and that should have been the best thing to happen to the APC merger.

          But if APC fails to make Okorocha its presidential candidate in 2015 elections, Okorocha should have spend no more than five more minutes with the merger after that.

          If Nigeria is a good country, every party in Nigeria today ought to be scheming to make an Igbo succeed President Jonathan, same way two Yoruba candidates were made to fly the two most formidable parties presidential flags in 1999. It is for Nigeria’s good.

    • Anthony I Efobi on

      London Boy is totally unlike u. Mr Nwaobu Alor was 100% correct on Rochas Okorocha’s wrong move. It will not help him, his followers, his state (if they failed to return to APGA), and his move will not help Igbos, neither.

      • Okorocha is a baby in politics. He behaves more like a tout than a governor. This calbre of persons are not the type igbos can put in fore front of nigerian poltics for interest of igbos. Even if he is given the vice presidential candidates of the merger party, the yourbas wil not vote him. Imagine the ACN who featured Ribadu as their flag bearer in the last election, yet ACN won all the South west states, yet they did not vote him. Where is Ribadu? Does he talk about ACN?

        Okorocha is a proud missing man. With all these divisions, how can we talk about Igbo Presidency when we cannot a collective and concensus decision in the good interest of the region. There is no part of igbo that can do it alone and succeed.

        Rochas is a big fool. He is indeed a motor park tout. Ocho passanger.

  1. It is hard to make any appreciable comment on APGA and her stakeholders in Anambra state. The only true test of Peter Obi and Nwobu Alor’s political prowess will be the 2014 governorship election in Anambra state. Nothing short of a resounding victory like what happened in Edo and Ondo states will be acceptable. Is this achieveable? with all these squables and incosistencies few months to the election. APGA is now between the devil and the deep blue sea, even at the banks of the sea are PDP mercenaries, how will APGA survive in Anambra state. Time will surely tell.

    • You are right.lets wait for 2014.the only problem is if PDP wins Anambra have being set back for a thousand years and Obi and Alor should be held responsible.the 2 i think is working 4 PDP and what happened to AD in SW during OBJ is what is awaiting 4 APGA. at the end Igbos will be lost out in political equation because of their selfishness.

  2. God will definitely bless Mr Peter Obi for his words endured with wisdom but the mad man you have tried to administer this drugs has failed to accept his dosage and will soon be located at the market square while wearing dirty and thawed rags that should not be assisted by old market women at Ogboko, Okorocha is finally doomed politically.

    • Owerri,
      This Owerri man, why do you hate and insult a state governor to that extent?

      Your major problem still remains your inability to realize that we are no more in a military regime where your chief could tell a “foreign” military governor that Owerri was all that existed in Imo state.

      Owerri is a small village of yesterday that profited from long years of military leadership, a period when military leaders got appointed from elsewhere and all they did was hurriedly concentrate any available development project in the state only in the state capital and fly away the next day they were reassigned.

      Owerri yet to accept reality that we are now in a democracy when every vote counts, when leaders must compensate areas development-wise for every vote they receive from those areas or fail in them the next time.
      Go find yourself a job instead of exuding hatred and insults.
      Though governor Okorocha, to some degree, still maintains that tendency to concentrate the states development landmarks in the state capital alone, but Owerri has to realize we are no longer dealing with military leader’s style.

  3. @london boy u must be bastard for making such statements, why we don’t respect elders any more in nigeria? Even if the elder is making mistakes, bible says respect ure senior so dat ure days will be long

    • ROCHAS NEED TO THINK ABOUT HIS WAY, BUT CALLING SOME ONE FOOL IS NOT A SIN BECAUSE HE BEHAVES LIKE FOOLS OK

  4. Emeka Emefesi on

    London boy, u better respect elders if ur expecting to b an elderly man, do u know how old dat man u were insulting is, respect ur self. Well, Umeh is strugling bcos it is not possible for him to accept defeats but at d end of d day he must surely acept his mistakes. Interms of Rochas, since he fails to listen to d wise Gov, Mr Peter Obi, he will later regrets his selfish n pompousity, bet me. Bravo! to Obi 4 his wonderful works in Anambra.

  5. If Okorocha is truely an Igbo man. He should have his people in mind. Joining parties like CPC that killed his own people in North areas is not fair. Remember the blood of innocent Igbos that were killed by Buhari and his people is crying. Do not join them.

  6. Only a candidate from the south east can defeat PDP which I feel rocahs is paving way for, let’s watch and see. The merger is not a bad idea it may give the igbos a golden opptunity.

    • Anthony I Efobi on

      Just me, u as a Yoruba man cannot tell Igbos what’s good for them. So, keep ur APC to urself. We don’t want it.

  7. Peter Ike Offurum. on

    Pls.leave our governor alone! We know he is facing persecution for being a just and honest man.He is the popular choice of the Imo populace.He has his people at heart especially the poor,oppressed,less-previleged,orphans,widows and the downtrodden people of Imo state as such no waepon against him[Rochas]shall prosper solong as the Almighty God is on his side.’When the enemies of the state come against him,like the flood, the Spirit of God stands up against them’.My governor,pls.carrygo!,the Annoited one of Imo state,but remember your people in the northern part of the country.They are being killed with impunity and there is none to rescue them.Politics shouldn’t be played with the prescious lives of Igbos. I rest my case.”A voice from the wilderness”speaking the voice of the voiceless.Hear,Oh Isreal!.

  8. ABUSE AND INSULTS ARE ELEMENTS OF PERSONALITY MALFUNCTION..

    Raining of insults on the person of Nwobu Alor is unwarranted. This statement is apt and correct because the above interview by him has no elements of misrepresentation, confrontation, and no harsh or malign words were used throughout the interview. Nothing offensive was directed toward any person or system.

    I am not a huge fan Nwobu Alor. Nevertheless, his interview stands him out as one of the political persons with attitude of peace and willingness to function in atmosphere of unity.

    To malign him based on this interview could be seen as a misplaced aggression done by reprobate. If all public figures could adequately conduct themselves in such a manner as refraining from self loathing and arrogance then,their personality and what they represent would begin to gain credence. I think, this is the core principle of leadership per excellence. And almost all Nigerian politicians lack this principle and that is why they not leaders with character, moral, and acceptable mien.

    It is a known fact and i stand to be corrected, the generation of our fathers has abysmally failed the present generation in systemic and systematic leadership. This abyss leadership is as a result of endemic corruption, ineptitude, mass unemployment, ethnic clannishness,mediocrity, politically motivated insecurity, unfounded arrogance of office holders, and such others that militate against our democracy and development.

    However, the present generation of Nigerians should not continually dwell on the misrule and inordinate attitudes of our fathers. We should not use them as excuses to behave badly. To do so is to loose focus and direction, hence, we learn nothing about good life and how to achieve greatness. To do away with the sins of our fathers, we must resolve not to follow their foot steps, concertedly cleanse our minds of any trappings of their sins we could have attempted to inhibit. We must refocus and redirect our attention to all those virtues that are capable of cohesion, goodness per excellence,and uplift of human dignity.

    Over and above all, Nwobu Alor exhibited maturity in the interview above. And do see any misrepresentation that could have allowed for abuse and insults on his person. To effect a change, we must always apply decorum and decency in our actions and behaviour. We will also be ready to act differently in spite of any odds.

  9. ABUSE AND INSULTS ARE ELEMENTS OF PERSONALITY MALFUNCTION..

    Raining of insults on the person of Nwobu Alor is unwarranted. This statement is apt and correct because the above interview by him has no elements of misrepresentation, confrontation, and no harsh or malign words were used throughout the interview. Nothing offensive was directed toward any person or system.

    I am not a huge fan of Nwobu Alor. Nevertheless, his interview stands him out as one of the political persons with attitude of peace and willingness to function in atmosphere of unity.

    To malign him based on this interview could be seen as a misplaced aggression done by reprobate. If all public figures could adequately conduct themselves in such a manner as refraining from self loathing and arrogance then,their personality and what they represent would begin to gain credence. I think, this is the core principle of leadership per excellence. And almost all Nigerian politicians lack this principle and that is why they not leaders with character, moral, and acceptable mien.

    It is a known fact and i stand to be corrected, the generation of our fathers has abysmally failed the present generation in systemic and systematic leadership. This abyss leadership is as a result of endemic corruption, ineptitude, mass unemployment, ethnic clannishness,mediocrity, politically motivated insecurity, unfounded arrogance of office holders, and such others that militate against our democracy and development.

    However, the present generation of Nigerians should not continually dwell on the misrule and inordinate attitudes of our fathers. We should not use them as excuses to behave badly. To do so is to loose focus and direction, hence, we learn nothing about good life and how to achieve greatness. To do away with the sins of our fathers, we must resolve not to follow their foot steps, concertedly cleanse our minds of any trappings of their sins we could have attempted to inhibit. We must refocus and redirect our attention to all those virtues that are capable of cohesion, goodness per excellence,and uplift of human dignity.

    Over and above all, Nwobu Alor exhibited maturity in the interview above. And do see any misrepresentation that could have allowed for abuse and insults on his person. To effect a change, we must always apply decorum and decency in our actions and behaviour. We will also be ready to act differently in spite of any odds.

  10. I think Peter Obi is right. I love Okorocha but his move to join APC or fensic or parasitamol I do not like. No right thinking Igbo man will join tunubu and buhari. two greedy men.

  11. @ London Boy, you are the man of today,s comment. You reasoned so well in calling Okorocha Rochas a foolish man and he must remain as a fool because he is more than forty yrs. Any elder that misbehaved himself must be addressed as a foolish man. I started accosting him since he jettisoned the flagship that brought him into power and lamplight , Okorocha is a confirmed fool, ok! Let me see who else that can challenge me as a result of this.

  12. London boy, see what we can do to separate ourselves from all this so called eldership syndrome, first we will make it a point of duty by wearing traditionnal attires that will be adored with lion heads and golden walking sticks to match. We shall also buy these native caps either on kankanfo type or those big heart , red or black colors , with all these costumes on our body , automatic elderlyship has arrived in the community, simple. When Rochas Okorocha went and demolished Ojukwu’s library in commemoration of our late sage life and time, these people that is attacking you today did not see it that our late sage is an elderly man that must be respected by Okorocha and his aids, is Okorocha more elderly than our great Ikemba?

    • @Owerri,

      You talked of library. East Central State government, as large as it was then was able to establish a huge public library in Owerri before East Central state was divided into Imo and Anambra state in 1976. as far as I know, since 1976 till today, there are no other public libraries established by Imo state government else where outside Owerri. And the public library in Owerri had been expanded many times many folds by Imo state government since the library was established by East Central state government.

      Owerri hardly regards other places in Imo state as part of the state why?

  13. Anthony I Efobi, the man that speaks before thinking, Yorubas are bad, Nothreners are killers, yet igbo will not stay in their own home, they prefer to live in Lagos or Kaduna Kano where they sell their fake products, and at the same time, the abuse and would not want to have anything done with the state where they live and make thir blood money, what a people with double minds.
    I have said it often times that igbo are people that lives in the past years. they are never current politically, and when they have realised their folly the next thing they do is to sing marginalization!!! deadwoods.
    Omoba

    • Anthony I Efobi on

      Omoba, just know that if write one million words or sentences here, whatever I had said against Yorubas are truth and must stand. What do I need to think about Yorubas b4 writing about Yoruba? Do I need a standing mirrow to see or look at my wrist bangle/watch? My friend take hear to admit Yorubas type. If u follow my comments about ur people, then see u see HBP, stroke, heart attack, heart failure.
      Just tell us that u are jealous of our residency in Lagos, they we tell u that we built Lagos, while ur lazy tribe was still at slumber. Now, u think that u are awake, then let the builders go. Joker.
      Omoba, say what u want. I’ve no much word for u. If I wake up tomorrow, I shall still write my own opinion. Since Igbos live in ur family house, then keep killing them out of jealousy, envy, complex and greed. Over a 100,000 Yorubas lived presently in United Kingdom, Mr Omaba the killer, how many times have they killed those ur brothers, irrespective that 30% of them are illegal immigrant and 5% are Yahoo Yahoo guys. If they are caught, they apply their law.
      Upon ur marginalisation as u mentioned, we are still best in confort. But think and know if it’s we that are talking about marginalisation or Yorubas.
      Just for desperate of power, what ur greedy Yoruba used to pay all the Southerners and christians that were killed and persecuted in the core-north is to merge with them to give them edge of favour. Now, the Yorubas by so doing have invited terrorism to the south through Lagos State.

  14. Rochas want to be president of Nigeria. Can an APGA’s candidate ever smell that post in the Nigerian society? Why comdenming this man for seeking another platform to actualise his ambition? The highest political office obtainable on a platform of APGA in Nigeria is a governor in the eastern states. Rochas is done with APGA. He has no future staying in APGA again.

  15. @ Ken, if you are talking about job, I will sincerely put you and your wards under my pay roll. Wealth is not been measureed by age otherwise methuselah should have been recorded as the richest man in the oldies. Tell your brother Rochas Okorocha to put an end all these Rastafarian methodology means of governance , pomposity , avarice , traitor and intransigences else both of us will murder sleep jointly.

  16. Peace Benson Nwaoruruaku on

    My own grouse is with Ume who has failed to read between lines. The golden rule says, ‘do unto others as you wish them do unto you’. Did he not force Chief Chekwas Okorie out of the Chairmanship of APGA? Now he wants to perpetuate himself in office. What goes around, comes around.

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