The leadership of Edozie Njoku-led All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has released the party’s provisional timetable for the coming governorship elections in Anambra State.
In a statement signed by Chief Edozie Njoku, the party revealed that the cost of forms for the 2021 governorship elections will be N12 million, and sale began on March 22, 2021.
It also revealed that deadline for its submission is May 3.
The Press Release is hereby reproduced by Jungle Journalist Media Ltd:
Being Text of an address by Chief Edozie Njoku, National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on the State of the Party and Release of APGA Provisional Electoral Timetable of Activities for Anambra Governorship Election 2021 on April 24, 2021.
It is with mixed feelings that I have convened this meeting during this auspicious moment of Easter celebration by Christians. For those who may not know, part of the journey to the founding of our great party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was cemented around the Easter period, concisely after the Good Friday Conclave by prominent Igbo citizens in business, academia, industry, religion and politics.
I am therefore elated that the journey to the rebirth of the emergent APGA is also taking root at this holy period. The historical background of APGA should challenge us to be alert and remain steadfast in pursuing our liberation ideology. APGA must at all times be in the forefront of every move towards inclusive democracy and rights of the vulnerable, oppressed or marginalized.
My esteemed Party men and women, you will agree with me that in the past two years, our great Party, APGA, have been enmeshed in a morass of intractable legal battles over who occupies the office as the authentic National Chairman.
We have taken time to chronicle the entire gamut of legal fireworks and court judgments in a pamphlet, which would be made public after this address. This is in line with my belief that the people deserve not only to know, but be fully informed about developments in their Party. That is also the kernel of representative democracy.
In line with this, we wish to make public APGA’s Electoral Timetable for Anambra 2021. To restore sanity and the dignity of our people, we have pegged sale of party forms at Twelve Million Naira Only (12 Million) – Expression of Interest – 2 Million (Two Million Naira) only and Governorship Nomination form – 10 Million (Ten Million Naira) only.
Sequel to the constitutional powers vested on the National Working Committee (NWC), under the leadership of our National Chairman, Chief Edozie Njoku, in knowledge of the court case to be concluded before the Governorship Party Primary; in compliance with INEC electoral timetable/guideline of activities for Anambra State 2021 Governorship election, the NWC hereby present a breakdown of electoral activities as follows;
March 22, 2021 – Sale of Governorship Nomination and Expression of Interest (EOI) forms.
April 26, 2021 – Deadline for the sale of Expression of Interest (EOI) and Nomination Forms.
May 3, 2021 – Deadline for the submission of completed forms.
May 11, 2021 – Screening of Aspirants.
May 18, 2021 – Sitting of Appeal Committee to resolve issues arising from screening exercise.
May 19 & May 20, 2021 – Meeting of National Working Committee (NWC).
May 27 & May 28, 2021 – Sale of delegates form APGA Secretariat Awka, Anambra State.
May 31, 2021 – Last day for sale of delegates form.
June 3, 2021 Last day for submission of delegates form.
June 8 & June 9, 2021 – Congresses at the Ward and Local government Areas to choose delegates for the Primaries.
June 11, 2021 – Meeting of NWC to receive the results of the Delegate Elections.
June 12, 2021 – Publication of elected delegates.
June 14, 2021 – Sitting of Appeal Panel to resolve issues arising from delegates list.
June 17, 2021 – NWC meeting to receive and review reports from the Appeal Panel.
June 25, 2021 – Party Primaries.
July 9, 2021 – Submission of the name of our candidate to INEC.
July 17, 2021 – Last date for submission of party agents.
November 6, 2021 – Governorship elections
Please kindly note:
a. Female aspirants and aspirants with special needs shall pay only 50% of the amount stated in the expression of interest and nomination forms.
b. Both forms can only be obtained with certified Bank Drafts made payable to All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). All payments made are Non Refundable.
DEPARTURE FROM THE OLD ORDER
You are not unaware that what is in contention in APGA is the desperate attempt by those who do not want the progress and growth of the party beyond serving as platform for their personal aggrandizement. In this raging legal battle, we have made a robust statement to counter the false narrative that politics equates public service with craving for selfish profit and private advantage.
As loyal and committed APGA party men and women, it is our duty to educate people like others that APGA is a sacred platform for popular participation and grooming of future leaders, instead of sit tight potentates. The bond that binds APGA members is the stance against all forms of oppression as exemplified by our revered late leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
On this note, I am impelled to caution all those aspiring to contest the Anambra State governorship election on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to follow the official path. All forms bought outside the supervision of the AUTHENTIC leadership of APGA is at buyers’ risk.
On a final note, let me humbly plead with all aggrieved members of our great Party and the general public to give us time to resolve all their complaints.
We shall give Ndi Anambra a Governorship primary that is not only transparent, credible, free and fair, but above all, that is in line with the principles of the Founding Fathers of APGA. Thanking everyone for inputs made towards peace and progress of our great party.
Chief Edozie Njoku