Obi-Okoye Emerges Anambra APGA Chairman

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu and Ogochukwu Nwaokafor

Chief Barr. Ifeatu Obi-Okoye has been elected as the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Anambra State Chapter Chairman alongside 29 others.

Hon Obi-Okoye succeeds Sir Norbert Obi as APGA’s helmsman. He was elected during the party’s 2023 State Congress held at Professor Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka. The election was observed by officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The former Special Adviser on Political Matters to Governor Willie Obiano who was elected alongside other members of the party, will serve for the next four years.

Speaking at the event, the Governor of Anambra State and National Leader of APGA, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who graced the occasion, expressed gratitude to the outgoing National Chairman, Chief Victor Oye, and the Anambra State APGA Chairman, Sir Nobert Obi, for their remarkable leadership which, he said, had propelled APGA to become the third-largest party in Nigeria.

Other officers include Mr. Paul Uzor as State Deputy Chairman; Surplus Ezewuzie as State Vice Chairman, South; Odinaka Azubuike Ozoechina as State Vice Chairman, North; Chief Nduka Ubi Okoye as State Vice Chairman, Central; Levi Obiadu as State Secretary; Ekene Nnadinma as Asst. State Secretary; Mrs. Veronica Uche Nweke as State Treasurer; Mr. Uche Maduekwe as State Asst. Treasurer; Josephson Okezie as State Financial Secretary; Nnamdi Ifejika as Asst.

Financial Secretary; Mofunanya Ikechukwu Peter as Publicity Secretary; Nze Ikechukwu Okoye as Asst. Publicity Secretary; Barr. Innocent Izuchukwu Okafor as Legal Adviser; Barr. Victor Onwumelu as Asst. Legal Adviser; Hon. Chikaodili Nonyelu as Welfare Secretary; Martin Otika as Asst. Welfare Secretary; Sylvanus Udezuka as Organizing Secretary; Iykon Okoli as Asst.

Organizing Secretary; Mrs. Esther Onyekwesi as Women’s Leader; Mrs. Chinwe Umerie as Asst. Women’s Leader; Tochukwu Obiadi as Youth Leader; Hon. James Anagor Chukwuemeka as Asst. Youth Leader; Oraegbunam Uchenna as Auditor; Barr. Chidi Anasiudu as Asst. Auditor; Mrs. Gloria Udevi as State Empowerment & Disability; Mrs. Amaka Okoli as Asst. State Empowerment & Disability; Kizito Onunkwo; Barr. Ugo Ibeneme; and Osundu Ozumba as Ex Officio members.

Upon taking their oaths of office, the newly elected officers pledged their unwavering commitment to the party and expressed their dedication to devote their time, skills, and resources to its growth and development. They promised to work in harmony to ensure that APGA remained a progressive movement that championed the interests of Anambra State.

Governor Soludo, in his address, called on all progressives to join the grand alliance, recognizing APGA as the party that would lead Nigeria to the Promised Land. He urged those who left the party to consider returning, emphasizing that APGA remained strong and committed to its principles. He commended all aspirants who participated in the congress and encouraged them to continue working for the ideals of the party.

The Governor also congratulated the delegates and statutory members for their democratic participation in the ward and LGA congresses, praising their commitment to the party’s growth and affirming that their voices were heard. He acknowledged what he described as their tremendous success in the recent elections, particularly in the Anambra House of Assembly, despite the challenges faced.

Governor Soludo assured everyone that APGA, being a progressive movement, would continue to strengthen and grow, firmly rooted in the ideals of Anambra State. He expressed gratitude to all those who had faithfully served the party, recognizing their invaluable contributions.

In his acceptance speech, the newly elected State Chairman, Barr. Obi-Okoye, expressed appreciation for the trust placed in him and his fellow officers. He pledged his unwavering commitment to discharge his duties effectively, working tirelessly to ensure unity and progress within the party. Barr. Obi-Okoye reiterated his determination to uphold the principles of APGA, fostering an environment where the party thrived and Anambra State flourished.

The State Congress was attended by many, including Anambra State Deputy Governor, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim; Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uchenna Okafor; Deputy Speaker, Dr. Paschal Agbodike; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi; Head of Service, Barr. Theodora Igwegbe; members of the APGA State Working Committee; APGA Board of Trustees; State APGA Caucus; APGA Delegates; INEC officials, and many others.

According to one of the stakeholders, ‘APGA will move forward under the leadership of Barr. Obi-Okoye and the elected officers; it is a time of renewed hope and determination to advance the progressive agenda for the betterment of Anambra State. Together, they will continue to build on the party’s strong foundation, leaving a lasting legacy of growth, development, and prosperity.’

The Congress was monitored by officials from the Election and Party Monitoring Unit (EPM) of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

APGA will on Wednesday, May 31, hold its National Convention in Awka, Anambra State.