The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, who had a critical deliberation in Awka, Anambra State, have disclosed that it would field a Northern presidential candidate for the 2019 election.
The announcement which was conveyed in a communiqué drafted from the meeting which held at the Anambra State Governor’s Lodge, disclosed that the party has zoned the presidential candidacy to the north, while the vice presidential candidate would be of South-East extraction.
The meeting was held at the instance of Governor Willie Obiano who is the National Leader and BoT Chairman of the Party, and it was gathered that the Board members deliberated on the future of the party with specific attention given to the upcoming general election and the options facing the party.
Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi who briefed newsmen after the meeting, said;
“After due considerations based on popular demand by party members, the Party has resolved to field a Presidential candidate with the ticket zoned to the North while the Vice Presidential Candidate will come from the Southeast.”
According to him, the ‘crazy happenings’ in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, APGA, having been founded on sound political principles, values, and ideology, will present a viable option for Nigerians, and solution to the socio-political problems the nation is presently facing.
The party had besides 2003 and 2007 when it fielded the founder of the Party, late Biafra Warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu adopted former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 and 2015. However Daily Post gathered that the party was targeting a particular Northern presidential candidate, who a source described as a heavy-weight politician.
“The aspirant is not in APGA for now, he is in another party, but it is hoped that he would move to APGA if he is unable to secure the ticket of his current party.”
It was further gathered that APGA had made initial plans to adopt President Buhari as its candidate, and as payback for letting last year’s governorship election result which Obiano won to stand, despite attempts by APC stalwarts to rig their candidate in.