Exclusive: Ex-Gov. Peter Obi Moves To Dump APGA for PDPFeatured, Latest News, News Friday, August 15th, 2014
Ignatius Okpara, Awka
￼There are strong indications that the immediate past Governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi, may soon dump the crisis- ridden All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA, for the peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
African Examiner reliably gathered from a source close to the former governor, that already, arrangements to that effect have reached an advance stage.
It was learnt that the defection plan is been allegedly masterminded by president Goodluck Jonathan. Obi has been the Honorary Adviser to the president for some years now.
Obi’s exit move from APGA that provided him the platform to pilot the affairs of Anambra state for eight years, began on Friday as he tendered his resignation letter as Leader of the party and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, BOT.
In a resignation letter addressed to the National Secretary of the Party and submitted at the Party’s Abuja office on Friday, quoted Mr. Obi as saying that he was resigning as Leader and BoT Chairman; an appointment he got in January 2014.
According to the ex-governor, the appointment was yet to be ratified by a Convention of the party as stipulated by its constitution.
He cited family and personal reasons for his action, though, did not give further details on why he decided to quit the position.
The erstwhile governor however, wished the party well in her future endeavors while reiterating the fact that he remains an ordinary APGA member.
Widely acknowledged as the man who kept APGA alive over the past decades, Mr. Obi was recently allegedly denied a ministerial appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan because he refused to defect from APGA to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Media Assistant, to Obi Mr. Valentine Obienyem, when contacted, confirmed the resignation of his boss as APGA BOT chairman.
He said: ” If you recall, my boss was nominated the Leader of the Party and the Chairman of her Board of Trustees in January. The nomination was yet to be ratified by a Convention of the Party, when he submitted his letter of resignation.
“Since the convention will take place next year, people have found it convenient to blame him for the woes of the Party on the reason that he had failed to intervene on matters affecting the party, not knowing that without ratification of his nomination, he had no platform under which to intervene. ”
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