The Nationwide Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Victor Oye, has stated that the social gathering’s presidential candidate, Main Basic John W.T Gbor (rtd), is best than President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) respectively. Talking with VINCENT KALU, Oye spoke on numerous nationwide points.
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What are your expectations for the 2019 common elections?
Overlook about all of the noise individuals are making, it’s going to go efficiently. All we’d like do is to attraction to the 2 gladiators, President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the APC and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the PDP to tread softly so as not to overheat the polity. The selection of who turns into the president lies with the individuals; they need to be allowed to make their selection. Calling each other names gained’t take us anyplace. I don’t know what has occurred to the Nigerian politicians; they’ve gone bunkum, abusing each other and insulting themselves. Why ought to it’s so? Allow them to play politics with decorum and permit the desire of God to prevail.
You simply talked about Buhari and Atiku, is APGA not contesting?
I’m speaking about these overheating the polity. APGA is a peaceable celebration; we don’t overheat the polity. It seems solely APC and PDP are present with many conjectures that the opposite events are pretenders; do you agree?
Who informed you it’s zeroed to simply two events, what of APGA that’s ready to win the election. How are you going to say APGA, the third largest celebration in Nigeria is a pretender, and from all indications and indices, the get together is ready to win.
I’m assured as a result of I do know what’s on floor. I’ve not failed to predict Nigeria’s political line since 1998. I informed them in 1998 that Obasanjo was going to win, and he gained. I advised them in 2003 that regardless of the shenanigans of Atiku that Obasanjo was going to be reelected and it was so. In 2007, I stated Umaru Yar’Adua would win and he gained.
When Jonathan emerged in 2011, I advised those that he was going to win, and it was so. In 2015, I predicted that Buhari was going to win even within the face of Jonathan being an incumbent, and it got here to cross. So, I’m able to predicting Nigeria’s political exercise. Subsequent yr, my prediction will come one week to the election.
There’s all the time a primary time, this can be the fist time that you could be miss the bulls eye in your prediction?
It’s a religious factor, and it could’t go incorrect.
APGA is engulfed in disaster; do you assume you possibly can come out of it to face electoral challenges earlier than you. Some individuals say they’ve shaped new APGA, a faction of the celebration?
The place is the disaster coming from? There’s nothing like new APGA. Who registered the brand new APGA? The 2 individuals that addressed the press have been persona non grata; each of them have been expelled from the celebration since 2001. Go to INEC workplace and discover out if there’s something like new APGA.
APGA is a celebration freed from disaster, and prepared to fly in 2019. We’ve got a really certified presidential candidate, a PhD holder; he’s one of the best certified of the opposite two – one has a Diploma in Hygiene, whereas the opposite has WASC. Our candidate has PhD in Anthropology from the USA of America. If it have been potential, Nigerians ought to simply transfer a movement to permit him turn into the president with out election due to what he’s coming to supply.
You stated APGA is freed from disaster, however in Abia State, Prince Ukaegbu says he’s the genuine chairman of the celebration in that state?
Who’s Ukaegbu? His tenure expired in 2014, and what he’s doing now’s grandstanding; on the lookout for who will give him cash. In case you go to INEC, we now have one governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti. Ukaegbu was suspended in 2014, the identical time his tenure ended and that was the final of him.
He has a courtroom doc that affirms him because the state chairman, and accused you of destroying the social gathering?
It isn’t the obligation of the state get together chairman to deal with the primaries of APGA; it’s the obligation of the Nationwide Working Committee of our get together appearing on behalf of the NEC of the get together.
They’re additionally again in courtroom, gained’t it have an effect on the fortunes of the get together within the state, because it did 4 years in the past?
It won’t have an effect on something, the individuals are already routing for Otti, who’s busy going forward with campaigns and electioneering.
Ukaegbu and the likes of Ohakim are accusing you of destroying APGA, what’s your drawback with them?
Ohakim is a political fugitive; he doesn’t have any ethical obligation to level fingers at me. He has by no means been an APGA man; he stated he joined the celebration, however I haven’t seen his registration paperwork. He stated he joined the celebration one month to the first. He joined APGA in a mechanic general.
When he got here, we checked out him and the committee didn’t fear an excessive amount of into his affairs, and he went to the first ballot and misplaced. He misplaced abysmally and he’s accusing everyone, what ethical proper has he to do this. I problem him to inform me why he ought to be castigating the celebration; what has he contributed to the expansion of APGA, nothing. He has been a PDP man.
It isn’t the identical like Ararume, who was in APC and few months to the first, he defected to APGA and obtained the ticket?
Ararume joined APGA earlier than Ohakim and the first was held, and he gained. It’s the prerogative of the get together to grant a waiver. So, the social gathering granted him a waiver, and that made him a full member of the social gathering and certified to obtain the privileges accruable within the get together.
He gained the first election and we submitted his identify to INEC.
What about these previous members of the celebration like Nneji, Ziggy which were working for the get together, however have been sidelined for the emergence of Ararume?
It isn’t how lengthy, however how properly. In Imo State, the selection of Ararume has been properly acquired and the person is campaigning and he’s going to win. What we’re inquisitive about APGA is who has the capability to win, and the selection of the individuals. That’s what we’re doing.You’ll be able to keep in APGA for donkey years and never contributing something for the social gathering.
Why didn’t APGA have a governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom?
Are we going to manufacture a candidate in Akwa Ibom?
On that election day, you will notice our candidate.
The primary opposition social gathering, PDP has been elevating the alarm that the INEC might not ship a reputable ballot; do you assume INEC will reside up to expectation?
INEC has achieved nicely up to now and they’ll do higher in 2019. PDP doesn’t belief anyone; even themselves they don’t belief.
PDP is a cancerous and canterkerous political get together, creating issues the place none existed. PDP is haemorrhaging, whereas APC is asphyxiating. APGA is the one political get together with a clear invoice of well being; overlook the dimensions of APC and PDP.
Just lately, you granted a press briefing, during which you demanded an apology from Bianca Ojukwu, has she apologised?
It is best to name her and ask if she has apologised to the nationwide chairman of APGA. I’m not the one to reply that query. If she has accomplished that, perhaps I didn’t know, you possibly can name her and discover out.
You’re the one concerned and will know if she has accomplished that?
Since you recognize that APGA didn’t function a candidate in Akwa Ibom, you also needs to know this one.
However the place did the issue begin?
We gave her every little thing to win that election, so, she ought to clarify to us why she misplaced. We gave her every thing she wanted and she or he went there and fumbled.
We’re witnessing desperation on the a part of politicians for the 2019 elections, what’s your message to Nigerians?
Nigerians ought to stay hopeful that each one issues will go properly in 2019; we should always proceed to belief God as a result of the whole lot about us considerations God, who has the ultimate say within the affairs of males.
Allow them to be hopeful and trustworthy within the pursuit of what’s correct. Allow them to vote the fitting political social gathering, which is APGA, the one get together that may give them what they need. The opposite two events, PDP and APC have been examined they usually have failed. Allow them to check APGA and see the distinction; our get together will present them that they’ve been out of governance for lengthy, and we’ve got the capability to ship.
We now have our methods on how to revive the financial system of Nigeria, how to enhance safety. We have now it and we aren’t going to inform you now, however in due time when the get together has assumed workplace, Nigerians will expertise a brand new lease of life.
Is your get together prepared for the presidential debate?
We’re prepared, even when you name us in the present day, we’re very prepared. On that day, our candidate goes to mesmerise the others as a result of he’s probably the most certified.
Obiano carried out nicely in his first time period, however governors hardly do properly of their second time period, do you see that taking place in Anambra State?
The governor is doing higher in his second time period; he has awarded over 200 street contracts and pursuing them vigorously; works are happening everywhere in the locations, and staff are being paid salaries. Lately, all the employees within the state have been paid their depart allowances, every one acquired Christmas package deal from the state authorities. On December 15, they have been paid their December salaries. That’s progressive and fantastic. There’s no governor in Nigeria that has extra ardour for staff than Obiano, and he must be inspired and never castigated.
What is occurring in APGA and Anambra State is simply out of envy and greed; these preventing me from are simply out of selfishness. They’re taking a look at second time period; who informed them that I’m going for second time period. I’m wondering why individuals can’t simply go and sit down and relaxation. Did I inform them that I used to be going for second time period, why are they preventing for second time period, do they know who can be alive by January subsequent yr? Allow them to go and sit down and cease disturbing my peace.
Anyone who fights me unjustifiably, God will crucify the individual alive. I’ve not finished something towards anyone; I’ve grown this social gathering to what it’s as we speak and I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished in APGA, and generations unborn will respect what I’ve executed within the social gathering.
I eliminated the regional toga from the social gathering to now a worldwide one; it has grown past a regional enclave to a very nationwide international get together.
We’ve branches in 35 nations, aside from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.
We have now two seats in Bayelsa Home of Meeting; two seats in Taraba Home of Meeting, One Home of Representatives seat in the identical state; one Home of Representatives in Abia, 9 Home of Meeting seats in Abia; FCT chairmanship, Gwagwalada; we now have 5 councillors in Niger State, we defeated the governor in his ward, Paiko. We gained the governorship seat in Abia, however we have been shortchanged, and we’ll make it up in 2019, and we’re going to win Nasarawa arms down. We’ll win Zamfara, Imo and Abia. There’s no PDP in Zamfara; Governor Yari killed PDP within the state, considering that APC would be the solely celebration, till the tragedy occurred. The deal is favouring APGA now.
We’re all over the place; we gained 21 out 24 Home of Meeting seats in Anambra and for the primary time, the celebration has a senator within the state. Obiano gained in all the 21 native governments, gained 96 % in 236 wards, gained 98 % within the polling models throughout the state; that may be a report no one can beat within the foreseeable future within the state.
Whoever that may take over from me, as nationwide chairman may have loads of enjoyment to make.