Factional chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Maxi Okwu, has protested the exclusion of members of the party from the list of delegates to attend the National Conference.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Friday, Mr Okwu says the exclusion of members of the party from the conference on the ground that the party is embroiled in leadership crisis, is unacceptable to the party as a Federal High Court’s judgment had sacked Mr Victor Umeh as the national chairman of the party.
He expressed optimism that the Federal Government would reconsider its stand and allow its delegates to take their rightful place in the confab, in compliance with the clear and unambiguous judgment of the Federal High Court that adjudicated on the APGA leadership dispute.
Justice Abdulkadir Abdul-Kafarati of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned ruling in the application filed for a stay of execution by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Victor Umeh and secretary of the party, Sani Shinkafi.
Umeh and Shinkafi had approached the court through their lawyer, Patrick Ikwueto, seeking a stay of execution and an injunction restraining Mr Maxi Okwu and all the officers elected with him at the party’s national convention on the 8th of April 2013, from assuming their respective offices pending the determination of their appeal at the Court of Appeal.
Ikwueto urged the court to grant the application, stating that a person who lost litigation is entitled to approach the court to make a preservative order. He also urged the court to grant an order maintaining status quo pending the determination of the appeal already filed.
Oba Maduabuchi, counsel to Maxi Okwu and all the officers elected with him, opposed the application for stay of execution of the judgment and an injunction restraining the Okwu leadership from running the affairs of the party.
Ruling on the application has now been fixed for the March 13.
The forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state may be bringing good tidings for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, as as the warring factions have reconciled.
The national leadership of the party led by the Victor Umeh on Monday, met with the Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, alongside some members of the state chapter of the party.
The meeting which held at the Government House in Awka is a signal that the Umeh led faction and the Obi faction may have sheathed their swords to work together.
Mr Umeh told journalists after the reconciliation meeting that the crisis in APGA is over and it is a new dawn which portends good for the party.
Umeh regained the mantle of leadership of the party few weeks ago after an Appeal Court upheld the decision of the High Court in his favour against Maxi Okwu’s mandate who is said to have been supported by Governor Obi.
The governorship election in Anambra is slated to hold in November this year.
Delegates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) today elected Mr. Maxi Okwu as the National Chairman of the party .
The delegates were acting on the order of the Enugu High Court that a convention be held. They converged at the Women Development Center, Awka to elect national party officials.
This may have laid to rest issues that would have affected the party’s outing in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
The convention was attended by Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, and former Information Minister, Dora Akunyili among other stakeholders of the party.
Chief Maxi Okwu, who polled 790 votes as against his closest rival who secured only 90 votes, is expected to pilot the affairs of the party till the next four years.
Some of other national officers elected include Alhaji Sigir Maidoya, Secretary, Alhaji Sadeeq Massala, National Vice-Chairman ( North), Chief Chris Uche, National Vice-Chairman (South), Dr. Elijah Onwuka , National Vice- Chairman (South-East), Alhaji Tijani idris, National Vice-Chairman (North –West), among others.
The other two factions led by Governor Rochas Okoroch of Imo state and former party chairman, Victor Umeh, stayed away from the convention.