The member representing Aba South State Constituency in the Abia House of Assembly, Hon Obinna Ichita, has emerged as the new leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia.
Hon Ichita was announced as the new leader of the party in the state, shortly after a crucial meeting with members of the State Working Committee, National Working Committee and Board of Trustees of the party at the APGA Secretariat in Umuahia.
While briefing the Press, the Abia State Chairman of APGA, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, stated that the party in accordance with its Constitution and part of its decision to make the party formidable in the state, is choosing Hon Obinna Ichita as the new leader of the party in the state, being the highest political office holder in Abia.
According to Ehiemere, the party is committed to live up to its expectation and having a vibrant Legislature as a leader, would further boost the party’s strength in the state.
The APGA state chairman, however, beckoned on the press to be the watch dog of the party and the state, make constructive reportage and as well help check the excesses of the government and its policies, rather than keeping quiet.
Ehiemere further disclosed that the party in the state is not factionalized as perceived in some quarters, stressing that since 2019 after the party’s congress, no faction, has existed in the party. “Chikwe Udensi that was leading one faction of the party is now a BoT member”, he stated.
In his response, the new leader of the party in the state, Hon Obinna Ichita, disclosed that he accepts the position with all humility, pointing that his leadership would provide regular checks and balances in the governance of the state, as well as show a more verile opposition, as far as the state is concerned.
“The government of Abia has been docile on the area of infrastructure. It is our responsibility to ask them questions.
“We do not intend to be intimidated by anyone. We will carry out our responsibility in accordance with the Constitution”.
Reacting to questions from journalists, the lawmaker noted that the recent defection of the member, representing Aba Central State Constituency, Hon Abraham Oba from APGA to PDP, has in no way affected the state, maintaining that the party is still waxing strong in the state.
While lamenting the level of abandonment of major infrastructures in the state, the new APGA leader pointed out that he can cope with the task ahead of him, stating that nobody can take power away from him except his constituents that voted for him, therefore, he does not feel threatened as the only House member standing in APGA.