APGA Is The Only Party That Represents Igbo Interest – Ifeanyi Eleje Declares
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South Zone, Ifeanyi Eleje has declared that the party is the only one in the country that has the interest of the Igbo people in the country.
Eleje submitted that APGA should be the only party that represents the interest of the Igbo because there is no ethnic group in the country that does not have a party that serves as a platform to project its peculiar interests.
According to him, the Yoruba people had it interest in the AC, then the AD, and the ACN because they were able to galvanise under a regional party that gave them a platform to negotiate a national position.
Naija News reports that the APGA chieftain told Punch that “APGA, with all due respect to those who think differently, should be the only party that represents the interest of the Igbo. There is no ethnic group that does not have a party that serves as a platform to project their peculiar interests. The Yoruba had it in the AC, and then the AD, and the ACN and this is because they were able to galvanise under a regional party that gave them a platform to negotiate a national position.
“They used that to negotiate with the then CPC to come to what is known today as the APC. The CPC also was a Hausa/Fulani party and they used it alongside the Yoruba group (ACN) to fight Jonathan. We saw how it all happened. Now, Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu of blessed memory saw this early enough and established APGA to give the Igbo a platform to negotiate national interests.
“But fortunately or unfortunately, it hasn’t been able to galvanise that momentum. They say it’s better late than never. I’m happy today that a lot of Igbo sons and daughters are now trying to realise their political aspirations under the APGA platform. So, it’s really a misconception.”
Speaking about his candidacy, Naija News understands that Eleje explained that even though he is contesting to be a member of the National Assembly, he is running for a regional election because if elected he would be representing Ebonyi South Zone.
He pointed out that the Ebonyi political terrain has suffered what he described as capture because it has “been warehoused by a group of people who wanted to protect some interests and so, it wasn’t open for a genuine contest.”
However, he continued saying he believes that it is the reason the state has poor representation, therefore “when we got a platform in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), we want to give it a shot from there.”