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Study and appraisal of the past will always be a guide for the present and future. Ignoring this systematic process will mean over-looking plans towards success. We do not need the aid of a mountain to break a walnut. This aphorism by the renowned author and poet, Prof. Wole Soyinka, no doubt captures succinctly the gestures about why APGA failed to fly in 2015 in Imo. Many people have expressed anxiety why the party had its wings clipped in 2015 and could not repeat the 2011 feat. How would it then be in 2018?

Study and appraisal of the past will always be a guide for the present and future. Ignoring this systematic process will mean over-looking plans towards success. We do not need the aid of a mountain to break a walnut. This aphorism by the renowned author and poet, Prof. Wole Soyinka, no doubt captures succinctly the gestures about why APGA failed to fly in 2015 in Imo. Many people have expressed anxiety why the party had its wings clipped in 2015 and could not repeat the 2011 feat. How would it then be in 2018?


The question was put across to me by a friend living in the United States of America USA. He is from Imo State and would always seek information about Imo politics. He said to me 'My family has continued to hold me to ransom asking me why APGA failed to click to victory in 2015 and whether the same APGA that edged out PDP in 2011 could not do same to APC in 2015? So I decided to alert you with this question so that your response will be carried to them'. This appears a difficult question. I remember vividly that Governor Okorocha climbed to the pinnacle of power in Imo through this party. I knew he had talks with other political parties like Labour Party and that he was not satisfied with the fame and weight behind such parties that is how embracing they are to the Imo people. Owelle Rochas faced reason and wisdom and knew that as at that period the choice of APGA would definitely be of advantage and he commenced discussions with the party's national leadership which ended in his dialogue with Chief Martin Agbaso, who at the time nursed governorship ambition under that platform. They agreed. Owelle Okorocha in truth had his structure which therefore collapsed into the party for the journey to Douglas House. He chose APGA in order to draw the hearts of the people then since they saw the party as an Igbo identity and so with the blessing of the Late Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu and the full cooperation of Chief Martin Agbaso, the party got the victory in Imo. If Owelle Okorocha did not get the full cooperation of Chief Agbaso, that is if Agbaso had played a chameleon, maybe parading himself as another APGA flag bearer in Imo, there would not have been a leeway to stopping Chief Ikedi Ohakim.
During the electioneering, Owelle Rochas enjoyed the company of Chief Martin Agbaso with the spirit of oneness from the party and they walloped like a horse to the victory stage. APGA had one flag bearer and embraced it with unity of purpose. There was no wrangling, no double speak, no whiff of interest from across any quarters. Most of the Radio programmes that Owelle Rochas did as a flag bearer of APGA had the full cooperation of Chief Martin Agbaso. When there were some crisis pertaining to the election results, the same Chief Agbaso and other APGA officials stood still at INEC office in solidarity for their flag bearer until he was declared winner that is, after the so called supplementary election. The rest is history.
In 2015, the political tone was totally different in the camp of APGA. Before the 2015 governorship election, the governor defected to APC which he joined to form and APGA had Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho as its flag bearer. He never had a conducive party environment. Yes, because another flag bearer emerged and that sprang up intrigues, crisis, confusion and weakened the strength and structure of the part}'. Radio programmes engaged in by Captain Iheanacho met counter-messages from his own party via a splinter group led by the other governorship aspirant.
There was wide suspicion that the crisis was sponsored by forces outside the APGA camp and using some agents just to truncate the chances of the party. That surprisingly lingered all through the electioneering period, running the party down. I have already maintained that no party has ever survived in such circumstances.
The stage is on again ahead of 2019 and a similar suspicion has arisen that some people are again being sponsored by the same forces outside APGA to run the party down. It is not possible for both the national and state leadership of the party to commence thorough investigations to stop this problem at the infancy stage before it again runs too late. It is becoming an open secret that the scripts that were acted in 2015 are on rehearsal stage this time with a target to a certain Aspirant who is enjoying the favour of the APGA grass-roots and the Imo electorate. The forces seem to be out to plague the party and are of the opinion that if that is done... let me guard my tongue and pen: The forces are said to be aware that they cannot succeed in generating rancour unless they use household enemies in the party to achieve so. This party should imbibe the comments made by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who said that "You do not deal with effects in order to deal with the cause you rather nip the cause in order to deal with the effects". Those who do not honour democratic principles and believe solely in destruction rather than building and supporting should be stopped by the political parties at the early stage so that they will not form virus that will be hard to be eliminated by drugs. When a political party is surrounded by internal sabotage and intrigues, could it be able to fly? It has been revealed that a plot is on and sponsored by forces outside the party and more that they intend to stop a certain aspirant seen as a widely accepted technocrat whose image can take APGA to victory. The aspirant has been an employer of labour. APGA should read the hand writing on the wall and need no prophet to guide them ahead of the primaries.


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