Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Biafra agitation is a product of marginalization - APGA National Chairman

Okechukwu Onuegbu

The National Chairman, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye has said that the agitation for Biafra by Ndigbo is as a result of marginalization suffered for many years.

Oye, who addressed a press conference in Awka on Tuesday on national issues, lamented that people of South East have suffered neglect, especially in the areas of bad roads, unequal representation in government offices and citing of federal establishments.

Accompanied by the Deputy Chief Whip and member representing Onitsha South 1 constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs Beverly Nkemdiche Ikpeazu, lawmaker representing Njikoka II constituency, Hon. Pete Ibida, the transitional Chairman of Awka South, Prince Azubuike Iloh, among other top APGA members, Oye further called on the federal government and other  Nigerians to respect the life and views of each other.

He said, “People are venting their anger against government over their sufferings. Ndigbo do not believe in shedding blood, they do not believed in vandalism. They believe in sanctity of life, they believed in the unity of Nigeria.

“Nigeria must remain one nation. We should respect each other. There must be equal representation and distribution of offices and resources to all with regards to the federal character”, he said, and urged agitators to team up with the federal government. I have worked throughout the South East, the people are terribly marginalized. Enugu-Awka-Onitsha roads, Okigwe –Enugu, Enugu-Portharcourt, etc are impassable. Are we going to die in Nigeria before government take action.”

Commenting on the relation relationship between Governor Obiano and his predecessor, Mr. Peter Obi, he said there is no feud among them and that both of them are same.

He described those fueling their problems as ‘political torn coats’ who want to create mountains out of mound hills, stressing that such people are not comfortable with their good relationship.

He said, “Governor Obiano came to continue from where Mr. Peter Obi stopped. Obi is the sub-foundation  while Obiano is the super structure. Obiano is well focused on the continuity projects for the development of Anambra.

“For me there is no problem between the two men. I have told Obi to come back to the fold. Wherever he is now, he is missing the way and he benefitted from APGA”.

On the chances of APGA retaining power in Anambra, Oye said, there is no contender, describing PDP and APC as suffering in comatose, insisting that the two political parties can never be revived.

“PDP is bleeding. APC is suffocating. They are in very dangerous political problems. With these diseases pillaging PDP and APC, the All Progressive Grand Alliance will retain power come 2019. By 2019 APGA will win more states across Nigeria.

“Governor Obiano is doing well and his administration means well for the people. He has ushered in peace and security in Anambra. The rate of criminality and death have decreased drastically. Today the state ranks the safest in Africa.”, he said, stressing that APGA has gone global with a new chapter inaugurated in United Kingdom(UK).

Chief Oye used the occasion to announce the celebration of taking the Ozo title this week and his 60th birthday at his country home at Amawbia.



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