Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has said that he is not an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) leader and that one does not need to be a leader before he can contribute meaningfully to the growth and development of society.
He was speaking to some journalists at the Abuja International Airport on Thursday.
Obi said he came to Abuja to attend to various meetings for the good of the country as well as attend scheduled meetings with organisations, investors and individuals, who have the good of Anambra State at their heart.
Commenting on the vote of confidence passed on him on his being elevated to the rank of the leader of party at the APGA caucus meeting on Saturday in Abuja, he said APGA, considering the fact that Ojukwu remained its leader, even in death, did not have any other leader, but a Deputy Leader.
“I am therefore a Deputy Leader,” he said, while thanking APGA members for the honour.
As the Deputy Leader of APGA, Obi said he would continue to make sacrifices for the growth and development of the party, especially now the party had come out of its leadership crisis.
He called on all hands to be on deck so that APGA will be strengthened, following a planned restructuring of the party, which will include, among other things, the composition of proper Board of Trustees (BoT) for the party and resuscitating of its other vital organs.
On the position of APGA regarding the merger issue, Obi insisted that the party is not in the merger business as it has neither met over the matter, nor delegated anybody to speak on its behalf.
He said what was happening in the party now was a clear case of some people, even non-members, trying to hijack it for their individual, selfish purposes.
Also commenting on Sadeeq Masalla’s solidarity with Maxi Okwu as Acting Chairman of APGA, he said, from Masalla’s press conference, it was obvious he initially acted out of ignorance, but had to take the right position after reading the judgment of the court.