Abuja: Founding Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Chekwas Okorie, Ojeozi Ndigbo has clinched the party’s presidential flag in a keenly contested election conducted by the Chief Edozie Njoku-led National Working Committee (NWC). 

Okorie, who scored 471 votes to beat Chief Freedom Okwuchukwu that polled 290, was declared winner of the party’s primary conducted in Abuja, on Friday at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

Addressing journalists after his emergence, Okorie stated that Restructuring would be the cardinal message of his campaign, since, according to him, “Nigeria is structured to fail”

romised to restructure the country, saying the current structure has failed to move the nation forward. 

He said: “Listen to all the aspirants and candidates that have been emerging, including their political parties, none of them have brought the idea of restructuring, which is a primary concern of majority of Nigerians. I am going to make the issue of restructuring, devolution of power and self-determination of ethnic nationalities a cardinal principle of my campaign. I know some people will begin to copy. 

“Nigeria is structured to fail, and that is why it is failing. Nigeria is not structured to grow, expand or provide employment. You cannot shape Nigeria in the model of countries like China because our structure is disjointed and we are disunited. How can you deal with insecurity, if we are yet to decentralise the command structure of our police? Where on earth will a country, as vast as Nigeria, operate under one command structure?” 

On the chances of his party winning the presidential poll, he said it is not out of place for an underdog to win a contest.

“This is a massive movement. We are starting with a bloc vote of 15 million, even before the election, and every other thing we are doing is to increase that number,” said.

Earlier in his own speech, the APGA National Chairman, Chief Edozie Njoku, stated that APGA was a national party not an Igbo party. However, he explained that Ndigbo had a flair for APGA because the party believed in fighting for the oppressed regardless of which part of the country the oppressed was (were) from.

Recently, the Supreme Court in a ruling delivered by Justice Mary Peter – Odili and others on May 6th, 2022, reaffirmed his election as the authentic helmsman of the party.

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