Magnus Eze, Enugu
A faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has adopted the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as its preferred candidate in Saturday’s elections.
Although, APGA has a flag bearer in Gen. John Gbor (rtd), National Leader of the party and Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has somewhat publicly supported Buhari.
The APGA members consisting mainly of state chapter chairmen and led by Chief Jerry Obasi, in a well-attended meeting in Enugu, on Tuesday, said they saw the need to join forces with other progressives to rescue the country.
Obasi said they were impressed by Atiku’s promise to restructure the country and make the economy work again while providing the environment for job and wealth creation.
“We can’t allow APGA to be destroyed by strangers that invaded our party. Some people claim that they are the leaders of APGA, but they are at a different place while the soul of the party is somewhere else.
“I am a believer in one Nigeria and anything that will threaten the unity, I will kick against it. We all have where we come from; and since our fathers in PANDEF, Ohanaeze, Middle Belt Forum and others have taken a position, we have to strategically align,” he said.
Former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Chief Dubem Onyia, who accepted the letter of adoption, on behalf of Atiku, applauded them for offering to partner the PDP candidate in the struggle to reclaim Nigeria.
He assured that Atiku would not disappoint Nigerians if elected because he has enormous experience to turn the fortunes of the nation around.
“I can assure you, having known him (Atiku) for almost 30 years, that within the first 100 days in office, he would move this country forward. It would not be like Buhari who took six months to constitute a cabinet.
“All we owe our compatriots that fought for the current democracy that we are enjoying but are no more today is to defend it with our blood. And collectively, we shall do that with Atiku taking the lead,” Onyia said.