APGA proposes N350m headquarter in Abuja

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) yesterday said it is proposing to build a three hundred and fifty million naira (N350 million) worth six storey office complex in Abuja, to give a befitting accommodation to the party. 

Speaking during the 1st National Retreat of the party held in Abuja, the newly elected chairman of the party, Ikechukwu Oye, who made this disclosure, also said the project will be executed through direct labour, adding that an architect who is a member of the party has graciously offered to produce the prototype free of charge. 

According to him “Another area of concern to us is how to secure a permanent office in Abuja. Currently we operate from a rented accommodation at Wuse II, with the attendant annual increments in rent and other costs, which could have been discontinued if we had our own property. 

“This is why we see it as a huge challenge to this administration, and indeed all of us in APGA, to make this vision come true. We are optimistic that before our tenure runs out, we will have succeeded in owning a property in Abuja that we can confidently call our own”, he said.   

 

He also said that the construction works on its gigantic party office in Awka, Anambra state capital, has reached an advanced stage, expressing optimism that the project would be completed as soon as the finances of the party improves. 

Oye also said APGA has set machinery in motion to revalidate its membership with the production of one million cards and register, which is coded to respective states to avoid fraud and forgery. 

He said that members would obtain the cards for N100 only and use it till 2018 when it expires, since it will expire in five years, just as he told them that the cards they were all holding are already expired. 

While disclosing that work has already commenced on the building of the party’s morden data base that will serve as a strong communicative tool for effective information-gathering and dissemination, Oye said the morden data base is being built by an information technology firm, in conjunction with the Guarantee Trust Bank to make the system perfect. 

“It will, on completion, afford our members in Diaspora access to information about the party and online registration. They can obtain the membership registration card online at the cost of $5. The benefits are indeed multidimensional”, he said.  

He also said the party is looking beyond the 43 legal battles it has faced in the last 13 years and is going to spring surprises in the coming November 21 and December 5 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states the way it did in House of Assembly election in Bayelsa.

“We are not unmindful of the multifarious crises that has beset the party in the immediate past and which surprisingly still linger. These crises had diverse impacts on the party and stunted its rapid growth and advancement. However since our inauguration on June 6, we have taken practical steps to reposition the party and build bridges across political, religious and ideological divides.

“The era of division and in-fighting in our party is gone forever. We are in a new era where love will prevail and hatred banished. We must come up with strategies on how to sustain and surpass the successes we have achieved in the past 13 years and see how we can deploy our talents and resources to the development of the party,” Oye said.

Meanwhile, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and Prof. Habu Galadima of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) also presented papers at the meeting.

However, in his address earlier, the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), who is also the Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano, said since APGA came into existence thirteen years ago, the dynamics of the national heritage have continued to make great demands of its platform. 

“As the leader of this heritage I can only assure you that this movement will flower into a political tsunami that will sweep Nigeria to a great political future”, he said. 

Obiano who reassured the participants that APGA has come to stay in Nigeria, said after the party’s strong performance in the last national elections, Nigerians are now looking out for it and expecting great things from the party in the subsequent elections.