The leadership crisis plaguing the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has taken yet another turn as two prominent members of the family of Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, the late founder of the party, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu (Jnr.) have been pitched against each other in opposing camps.
Eleven members of the National Working Committee (NWC), 35 state chairmen and 29 National Executive Committee (NEC) members of APGA loyal to the Chief Victor Umeh leadership, Wednesday appointed the son of the late leader of the party, Emeka Ojukwu as a member of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT).
On the other hand, Ojukwu’s widow, Bianca is a prominent member of the other faction of APGA loyal to the Deputy party leader and the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi. The nomination of Ojukwu’s son came after a counter move by the interim National Chairman of APGA, Maxi Okwu who said a brand new APGA would emerge at the national convention of the party slated for the middle of April.
Okwu who revealed this at an interactive session with journalists Wednesday in Abuja, expressed optimism that the ongoing reconciliation in the party was yielding fruitful results.
He said many aggrieved members of the party, including the Igbo Delegate Assembly (IDA), a renowned group of Igbo professionals with national spread who produced the APGA’s documents at the inception of the party, have indicated interest to return to the party.
“Our efforts to reconcile the aggrieved members of the party is yielding fruitful results. There are some hiccups here and there but we are not shaky, “he said.