The All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA) National Executive Committee named Professor Chukwuma Soludo, the governor of Anambra State, as the party’s national head on Friday, January 13.
At its conference held at the International Convention Centre in Awka, Anambra State, the party’s NEC members unanimously chose the governor to serve as the organization’s national head.
This is according to a press statement titled, ‘Soludo takes charge, appointed national leader of APGA by the National Executive Committee of the Party’, released on Friday.
The statement added that a certificate of appointment was presented to Soludo by the national chairman of the Party, Victor Oye, in the presence of all the NEC members after his appointment.
Receiving the certificate, Soludo said he felt the weight of his forebears with the appointment, adding that he was honoured to be the third leader of the party, after the late Biafra leader, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, and his (Soludo’s) predecessor, Willie Obiano, as the first and the second respectively.
“This has humbled me! I’m feeling the weight of history right now. The APGA is a coalition of all progressives. I feel the weight of our forebearers and those who have sacrificed their lives to ensure the survival of this great party.
“There was a grand progressive alliance in the first and second republics that included the UPN, RPP, NPP, and others.
“All of the progressives are dispersed throughout this republic. APGA is a 21-year-old political party that was the first to be registered with the word ‘progressives’ in its name.
“All progressives call APGA home. It’s a history with two leaders, and I’m honored to be the third.
“I must pay tribute to my predecessors, Late Sir Chukwuemeka Ojukwu of blessed memory, the first National Leader of APGA; Chief Willie Obiano, my immediate predecessor as the APGA’s second leader, and here I am.”
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria pledged to work towards ensuring that “all progressives in Nigeria” know APGA, which he claimed was the third largest political party in the country, as their home.
He said, “I pledge to work every day with all of you, our thronging members, so that all progressives in Nigeria will know that APGA is their home.
“APGA is the third largest political party in Nigeria and will grow from strength to strength. When the country is ready, APGA will be there to provide the true progressivism that Nigeria craves.”