The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared as unconstitutional the purported suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh and the National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi.

The duo were suspended by members of the National Working Committee of the party led by Alhaji Sadeeq Massala.

In a letter signed by the secretary to the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Kaigama, the Commission also declared that the Massala group does not have the authorization to hold a NEC meeting as was held on July 16th, 2012.

The Commission further declared that it cannot stop the National Chairman of APGA from convening a proper meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party.

The letter, addressed to Chief Umeh and dated July 26th was a response to several letters from the party inviting the commission to observe the events that have taken place in the party in recent times.

The party has recently been embroiled in a leadership tussle after some members of the party declared a vote of no confidence on Chief Umeh.