ALL Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Thursday, held its mega rally to flag off the presidential, gubernatorial, national and state assembly campaign for the 2019 general election.
The campaign with the theme, ‘Let’s Build a New Nigeria”, was held at Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka. The event witnessed the unveiling of the party’s presidential and vice presidential candidates, Retired Major-General John Gbor and Chief Jerry Chukwueke respectively.
The APGA campaign inauguration, which was in compliance with the INEC’s time table was attended by APGA Governorship candidates in Imo, Abia, Zamfara and Nassarawa States, candidates vying for different National and state Houses of Assembly positions in the 2019 general elections, as well as government functionaries,
party faithful among others. Performing the function, Governor Willie Obiano urged APGA faithful to support all the party’s candidates across the nation, noting that it is possible to replicate the victory recorded during the state 2017 governorship election across the country in 2019. In his acceptance speech, Retired Major-General Gbor thanked the leadership of the party for the opportunity, stressing that the party will rescue the people from unemployment, poverty, hunger and oppression. Gen Gbor said his administration would raise Nigeria’s education budget from seven to 26 per cent if elected in the 2019 general election.
He said raising the education budget would fast-track the quest for all-round development of the country and open doors for various segments of the nation to fully develop. Mr Gbor said the APGA Government under him would equally give priority to agriculture, security, youth and women empowerment. “We will liberate Nigeria, rescue the youth and women from sufferings and set the country on the path of prosperity,” he said.
He, however, advised the supporters of the party to form a united front to enable the party to attain victory during the general election, saying “as Biblical David with little stone,
I am leading APGA to Aso Rock in 2019.” In a remark, the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Oye said that the party was presenting men who had the capacity of taking the nation to eldorado,
appreciated Governor Obiano for the display of wisdom and urged him to continue the good work. Speaking on behalf of APGA candidates at the National Assembly, the member representing Anambra Central at the Senate, Chief Victor Umeh, expressed gratitude to the party having emerged one of candidates, pointing out that the party is out to eliminate marginalization in Nigeria.