APGA National Chairman Wades Into Orumba North Crisis

APGAThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Mr Victor Oye, has waded into the leadership crisis rocking the party in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The party had gone into disarray on March 14, after a delegation went to visit the National Chairman of the party and the next they heard was that he had announced Mr Okwudili Ezenwankwo the party’s leader in the local government above two Board of Trustee members in the local government.

The party members unanimously rejected the party leader imposed on them and publicly announced their rejection.

The National Chairman, Mr Oye, has now stepped into the matter in a meeting with party members, where he recognized Okwudili Ezenwankwo, as the leader of the party in Orumba North.

He said that his recognition of Mr Ezenwankwo as Chairman Orumba North was final.

Speaking with Channels TV at the meeting, he said “There is no problem in Orumba North as far as I am concerned. Whatever we are doing about Orumba North today is how to position the party in that place to win elections.

“We don’t have any personality clash. For what? APGA is very united and I am very serious about it.

“What the party does by recognising some people is a mark of honour.” He added that the party would only work with members who show commitment and loyalty to the party at all times.

Mr Ezenwankwo also spoke to Channels Television and maintained that he was not expecting maximum consent for his new position but he would ensure that unity prevails.

“When the party appoints a leader, it is not a must that everybody will agree but what you have to do is to bring all the people together, tell them why we should work together for the interest of our party,” he said.

Southeast Traders Decry Customs’ Unfair Dealings

SeaportThe leadership of the Southeast Amalgamated Market Traders Association, Importers and various Stakeholders have decried the hardship suffered by its members in the hands of Nigerian Customs Service since December 2013.

In a press conference, the President-General of the association, Okwudili Ezenwankwo, announced a ten day ultimatum to the Customs Service to release goods belonging to Southeast traders held at the various ports across the country or have all the traders in the Southeast embark on a protest march.

The traders at the press conference also complained bitterly that they had been unable to take delivery of their consignments and when they did, they paid billions of Naira as demurrage and terminal charges.

They also complained of Customs’ inability to issue Pre-Arrival Assessment Report, PAAR, to importers within 48 hours when they take over from the Destination Inspection Service Providers, a process which should be within two to three days but now takes sixty days.

The traders expressed fears that their goods may be auctioned due to the congestion building up at the various ports.

Some of the traders also accused the officers of the Owerri Customs Service of extortion and other unwholesome activities.

The Association called on the Federal Government to urgently set up an independent committee to visit all the ports for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation, for the purpose of decongestion and also reconsider the reappointment of Destination Inspection Service Providers.

Reacting to the accusations, the Area Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone C, Owerri, Dimka Victor David, under whose jurisdiction the southeast traders fall, maintained that genuine traders have no problem with the Nigerian Customs Service.