The Oasis Reporters
February 2, 2020
BY Bisi Ezekiel
The National Organising Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) today stands tall in the party, not because of his weight or physical build, but because of his skills in making things happen to the extent that he is indispensable in the day to day running of the party.
By virtue of his position as NOS, he comes into contact with almost every leadership member in all the organs of the party and outside the party’s National Secretariat.
He is always on the move seeing to the affairs of the party at the state level and he is well known to party executives at state and local government chapters.
Party members attest to his uprightness, prudence and reliability. He has never been found wanting or accused of any complicity in the numerous PDP primary elections and congresses from ward to state levels and even national convention.
Before becoming the National Organising Secretary, Akobundu has served the party at various state, zonal and national assignments. He was a national Ex-Officio, two times national vice chairman, minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ( Minister of State for Defence).
He is well tutored in party administration and understands the workings and challenges of the party.
A perfect team player, Akobundu believes that an assemblage of a good team of men and women that are well grounded in party politics is what the PDP needs at the present moment to enable the party face squarely, the challenges of being the major opposition party in the country at this particular time.
Of great concern to Akobundu is the fact the consciousness of having a stable party should be in the minds of every member because PDP wants to provide a viral opposition, quality party administration and to prepare members to face the challenges and evolve a process that will lead the party to victory in 2023.
An indigene of Oloko in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State, the NOS had his early education in Enugu and Umuahia before attending the Nigeria Defense Academy where he obtained NDA certificate on Education, and he also has a Diploma in Telecom/Electronic Engineering from the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife).
Augustine Akobundu enlisted as Officer Cadet of 22 regular combatant course of the Nigerian Defense Academy in 1977. He has attended several professional and military courses in the Army school of signals, where he rose to the position of Chief Instructor, Nigerian Army School of Signals, Combat Communications Wing.
He was once an Aide-de-camp (ADC) to the then Col. Chris Garuba and also served as Military Technical Assistant to the pioneer Bayelsa state Military Administrator on telecommunication matters.
After retirement from the office in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel, he ventured into business as the Chairman of Nostro Group of Companies. He holds several awards and publications to his credit.