2023: APGA, A ‘KEKE-NAPEP’, Can’t Take Igbos Anywhere – Gov. Uzodimma
Imo state governor, Hope Uzodimma has likened the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to a tricycle popularly called Keke Napep in some parts of Nigeria.
Governor Uzodimma said the party will never get close to federal power or win the presidency for the Igbos.
APGA is currently the ruling party in Anambra state and it is popularly referred to as a party for the Igbos.
Daily Independent reports that Uzodimma made his position known on page 70 of his new book ‘Reflections On The Igbo Question.’
Stating his reasons, the Imo state governor said APGA is generally viewed as a regional party since its founders labelled it as an Igbo party.
He wrote: “The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA ) will never come close to federal power. Ever since its leadership found delight in tagging it an Igbo party, it has been confined to the back benches as an ethnic party. “The bitter truth here is that tribal or tribe-based political parties are divisible and sectional. As a vehicle to political power, it can only be likened to a tricycle or Keke NAPEP, which can only take you around within short distances, but not without the scourging heat of the sun in the dry season and the messy drench of downpours in the rainy season.”
“Join a Keke-NAPEP on a long distant journey through a federal highway and you stand the chance of being knocked down, or out, by a luxury bus, a trailer or a whirlwind. On all scores, you lose. So too will those who want to get national leadership using ethnic-based political parties.”
On what the Igbos can do to get the presidency, Uzodimma said they must remain in national political parties such as the All Progressives Congress (APC) or Peoples Democratic Party and reach out to other members of the party across the country.