… AS SPLINTER GROUP SACKS CHAIRMAN VICTOR OYE, SUSPENDS SIX EXECUTIVES.
By Fidel Ozugha
National Publicity Secretary of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Barr Tex Okechuku has said that the leadership of the Party is still intact. In a press release made available to The NationGuardNews.com, the APGA Spokesman was reacting to a live broadcast on African Independent Television (AIT) by a faction of the Party led by Jude Okeke.
”Our attention has been drawn to an unfortunate incident that happened today (Tuesday) on AIT live broadcast where a band of political buccaneers and misfits gathered under the guise of NEC of All Progressives Aaliance (APGA) to purportedly announce the suspension of our revered National Chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Ike Oye and some select national officers of the party.”
Barr. Okechukwu stated in the release ”that the so-called Jude Okeke and his cohorts are not officers or financial members of our great party and, therefore, did not have any powers to speak on behalf of the Party, and that there was never a time our national chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Oye convened a NEC meeting of the party or any other meeting of the party for that matter.”
Referencing Article 13 of the Constitution of APGA 2019, he explained that only the National Chairman of the Party, Chief Victor Oye could convene meetings of NWC, NEC and National Convention. He alleged that no such meeting had been convened. According to him, the Supreme Court had made it expressly clear that only the National Convention of a political party could remove the National Chairman of a registered political party.
The APGA Spokesman therefore concluded that ”the so-called NEC meeting on AIT was a political hatchet job to create undue tension in the party and misdirect our teeming members. But it was dead on arrival.
”The leadership of the Party under Ozonkpu Victor Oye is intact and working assiduously to deliver on its governorship primary in Anambra State scheduled for June 23, 2021. We are determined to bring the full weight of the law to bear on mischief makers and their sponsors who are bent on causing disaffection among our members.
”The law enforcement agents have been placed on full alert to deal ruthlessly with anybody fomenting trouble in the Party as APGA remains a peaceful, law-abiding party where peace, justice and equity prevail.”
The Party, he said, urged millions of our supporters to ignore the rantings of the rabblerousers and go about their businesses without fear of molestation.
Addressing journalists after the party’s 114th NEC meeting in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary of the splinter group, Ikechukwu Chinyere, announced the name of Chief Jude Okeke as replacement for the National Chairman, Chief Victor Oye.
The spokesman also listed names of other suspended members. They included, according to him, Chinedu Obidigwe, Hamman Ghide, Sylvester Ezeokenwa, Adamu Musa, Chief Okogbuo and Ifeanyi Mbaeri. He said they were suspended indefinitely from the party for anti-party activities, gross misconduct and conduct capable of bringing the party’s image to disrepute, among others.
Reacting to the development on Tuesday, Chief Oye said that he remained the National Chairman of the Party. He directed members to disregard the announcement, saying his purported sack was laughable and inconsequential.
“It has become a tradition in the Party that at each electioneering period, some people would want to foment trouble to cause confusion for personal interests.
“It’s what we see in every primary election. So, no shaking. If this were in the civilised country, these people would have been arrested and jailed.” He explained further that there was a procedure that you have to give INEC a notice to be able to convene a National Working Committee, adding that the chairman convenes NWC.
“So, my purported removal is laughable and balderdash. These people do not exist and I am surprised that people are giving it publicity. What they did is media sack. Those people do not exist and they should be dealt with,” he noted.
Another development from the Party is that Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo – one of the governorship aspirants of the Party who was recently disqualified alongside four others by the APGA ad-hoc governorship screening panel, has appealed against the verdict. Mr. Chuma Harris, his media spokesman said that the appeal against his disqualification was filed before the Party’ appeal committee on Tuesday.