The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has barred its members at all levels from adopting or using the title of ‘Leader’ of the party.
“The only leadership position in the party recognized in the constitution of the party is that of the ‘National Leader’ and one which is deservedly occupied by His Excellency, Chief (Dr.) Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike Global), the executive Governor of Anambra state and chairman of Board of Trustees of our great party”, said a statement signed and read by the Anambra state chairman of the party Sir Nobert Obi.
Obi said that it has been brought to his attention the rate at which some party members, stakeholders, officers and party stalwarts currently parade themselves with the appellation or insignia of the “the Leader of the Party” in their various wards, local governments, federal constituencies and in some instances the senatorial zones.
He regretted that: “Such undue and unconstitutional title often breeds rancor, disharmony and disorientation in the party and one which is capable of further polarizing the party as noted by the reconciliation committee of the party”.
He warned that such appellation and insignia is at variance with the constitution of the party; and warned members “to stop forthwith the official or unofficial decoration, recognition, or appellation of any party member , stakeholder or officer of the party whatsoever with the title of Leader of the Party” in any ward, Local Government, Federal constituency or senatorial or senatorial zone”, adding: “any such further recognition or decoration shall be deemed denigration and affront on the position and office of the National Leader of the Party and such shall definitely attract severe punishment”, Obi concluded.
In an interview with journalists, Obi said that the use of the title ‘Leader’ nearly caused a breach of public peace in a recent event organized by the party and so, he as the state chairman of the party, has to step in to stop future occurrence.
He recalled the origin of the appellation ‘leader’ which was first used by the first national leader of the party, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and after his demise the lot fell on the Governor of Anambra state, Chief Obiano.
He explained that every political party supposes to have one distinct ‘leader’ and the title cannot be everybody’s entitlement to avoid confusion and even disharmony