The Chairman Board of Trustees of the All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP), Chief Godwin Abba Okeke has rechoed the party’s commitment to staying true to the vision behind its establishment. He said this after a stakeholders meeting in Abuja on the hindsight of unconfirmed reports that AGAP is pushing for a merger with another political party.
Okeke, while reacting to the merger report described it as baseless and unfounded. He said AGAP as a political party runs a unique model, a model that is designed to ensure that only sound, competent and reliable individuals play major roles in the party.
He further reiterated AGAP’s commitment to changing the norm and pushing the limits in partisan politics through institutionalizing a free, fair, credible and competitive primary process which will employ veritable means to ensure that the best candidates fly the party’s flag across the country.
“Primary election is the fulcrum on which the entire electoral process lies. If political parties fail to produce quality candidates with the requisite character and cerebral strength to diligently discharge the reponsibilities of the office they vie, then Nigeria’s political atmosphere will continue to be crowded by half baked politicians”, Okeke said.
Continuing, Okeke said: “Presenting Nigerians with candidates that have deep knowledge of the economy; candidates that undertand the concept of governance and has the political will to build up our failing institutions is vital to our socio-economic development as a people. We are going to ensure that we achieve this from the Presidential level to the lowest political office in the country”.
Chief Okeke went further to say that the party hopes to achieve results by engaging experts that will screen the aspirants with a view of putting the best candidates forward.
Also reacting to the development, the National Secretary of the party Philimon Usman said AGAP is united in the task of ensuring that it achieves its vision of becoming a political force in Nigeria.
Usman urged those who may be behind any plans for a merger to retrace their steps because according to him, AGAP is not open for merger. “We are going to run our cause independently, we are going to reach out to men and women of godwill across ethnic and political divide, who are willing to buy into our message”, he said.
He then advised the public not to be deceived by unsuspecting persons parading in any form to represent AGAP in any merger talk. “We are not merging with any political party and whoever that attends any meeting on behalf of AGAP on merger, is on his own and does so at his own peril”, he said.