Some aggrieved members and aspirants in the All Progressive Grand Alliance, (APGA) have called for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Victor Oye.
The aspirants are also demanding for a refund of money spent on buying Expression of Interest Form and Delegates Form.
The aspirants claimed that they were short-changed during the primary election in Anambra state. They added that the National Working Committee led by the National Chairman of the Party, Mr Oye, fraudulently collected huge sums of money to the tune of about N1billion from them for their participation in the failed primary election.
Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Political Matters and Secretary to the APGA Primary Election Reconciliation Committee, Ifeatu Obi-Okoye in reaction to the demands of the members and aspirants called for restraint.
According to him, demanding anyone’s sack at this critical time may not augur well with the party. He added that most of the issues raised by the aggrieved members have been addressed.
“One way or the other, we have addressed most of the issues. This question of removal of national chairman, we think that the timing is not in the best interest of all of us. Elections is coming up in February, we cannot afford to go into issues like that with all its distractions and litigations,” he said.
However, the leader of the aggrieved aspirants, Onyeka Mbaso, an aspirant for Nnewi North and Federal Constituency claimed that that even the Reconciliation Committee raised by the leader and Chairman of Board of Trustees of the party, Governor Willie Obiano, to address the anomalies was suppressed by some strangers that have invaded the party.
The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed Mr Victor Oye as the authentic National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), bringing a long legal dispute over the leadership of the party to an end.
In a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel of justices, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal that was filed by a faction of the party led by Martin Agbaso.
Justice Sidi Bage, who delivered the lead judgment, upheld the August 16, 2017, verdict of the court of Appeal in Enugu, which vacated the order of mandamus that directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to relate with and to recognise Agbaso as the authentic national chairman of APGA.
“In the final analysis, the two issues in the appeal is resolved in favour of the 1st respondent. The appeal lacks merit and it is accordingly dismissed. The judgment of the lower court is affirmed. I make no order as to cost,” Justice Bage held.
The court said its decision to affirm two appellate court judgments that were delivered on August 15 and 16, 2017, is based “on need to do substantial justice without delving into technicalities”.
Justice Bage said the court was duty bound to look beyond “some technical blunders” and determine the case on its merit.
The battle for control of the leadership structure in APGA was triggered after an Enugu State High Court, on May 22, 2017, gave an order of mandamus compelling INEC, police and other authorities, to recognise Agbaso as the national chairman of the party.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) Mr Victor Oye, has condemned the process of the Continuous Voter Registration exercise as it pertains to Anambra state.
Mr Oye said while the Anambra citizens are enthusiastic about the exercise, considering the fact that the governorship election is just five months away, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is not ready.
He faulted the idea of having one machine for one local government because according to him, no Local Government Area has less than 20 wards and thousands of prospective voters.
While frowning at the idea of 30 voters per day in each LGA, he demanded that INEC gives priority attention to the state and deploy more Data Capturing machines.
He also requested that more staff be deployed so as to enable as many people as possible participate in the election slated for November 18.
“For us in APGA, we are not happy and we are going to do everything possible within the ambit of the law to ensure that justice is done.
“If this is a design to shortchange our people or cause confusion in our election, we are not going to tolerate it. As a political party, we will fight with everything we have to ensure that there is justice and fair play.
“I cannot understand a state that is going for an election on November 18 this year, being treated this way.
“For me, this is not working and something has to be done. Since it is a continuous exercise, what INEC should do now with immediate effect is to deploy more machines to Anambra state, to all the 21 Local Government Areas. At least five machines per local government in Anambra. Give Anambra some priority,” he stressed.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has made resolutions to ensure the strengthening of the internal democracy and maintenance of discipline in the party.
Other issues relating to the development of the nation, were equally discussed during the party’s first National Executive Committee meeting at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, the Anambra state capital.
In a massively attended meeting by almost all the members of the National Working committee, the board of trustee members, and members of the National Executive Committee, the National Chairman, Victor Oye, outlined in his address, that the progress APGA had made as a party, the challenges it faced and the way forward for a stronger and united party, were key aspects of the meeting.
The National Secretary, Mr Labaran Maku, briefing newsmen on the proceedings of the party, stated that the meeting touched on so many issues such as:
“Expansion of party membership base through registration in all the states, reconciliation efforts made in Lagos and Imo states, strengthening the internal democracy of the party through enforcement of discipline with the suspension of seven members of the NWC including Mr Campbell Umenzekwe and Ozo Nwabueze from the party.”
Other issues included: the funding of the party for stability, the need for support for Governor Willie Obiano ahead of the 2017 governorship election, the appeal to the judiciary to end the lingering litigations, which has been withholding the representation of Anambra Central Senatorial zone in the senate, as well as passing a vote of confidence on Mr Oye.
According to Mr Maku, “the meeting exhaustively discussed very important issues relating to the development of our country and the progress of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and we took quite a number of decisions which will define the motion of our party in the coming months and years.
“We also discussed extensively the transformation of Anambra state under the able leadership of our National Party leader, Governor Obiano, since inception in March, 2014.
“We discussed the revolutionary programme of development in Anambra state which cuts across different sectors of the state’s economy and social life, he added.
Furthermore, Maku stated that “the NEC rose with unanimous confidence that going forward, APGA remains the most visionary option for the country in terms of its policies, in terms of its vision, in terms of its programme and its slogan to be our brothers and sisters keepers at this time in our country”.
The leadership of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has debunked the claims of its Southeast Zone Vice Chairman, Ozo Okafor, that he presided over a meeting of the National Working Committee to ratify the purported suspension of the National Chairman, Victor Oye.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, made the clarification while addressing the press on the matter in Awka, Anambra state capital.
He explained that Mr Okafor as a zonal vice chairman of the party does not have the constitutional powers to either convene or preside over the meeting of the National Working Committee of APGA.
He maintained that members of the NWC remained committed to the resolutions reached at the peace meeting convened by the National Leader and Chairman of Board of Trustees, Governor Willie Obiano, on October 13, 2016.
According to him, during that meeting, members of the NWC collectively committed themselves to the continued growth and development of the party under the leadership of Mr Victor Oye as the National Chairman.
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, South-east Nigeria.
Governor Obiano made the revalidation during the inauguration of Wards and Local government party executive members and APGA’s mini rally at Ama Igwe Square in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.
He urged residents, who are yet to be part of the ruling party in the state to do so immediately by registering with the party, while old members should also go for revalidation as the exercise is ongoing.
The former banking guru noted that the revalidation exercise by all APGA members is a way of strengthening the party as well as repositioning it to be on firm footing ahead of the next election.
The National Chairman of APGA, Victor Oye, encouraged the governor to keep up the good work of developing Anambra State.
He also urged the party members to continue to be faithful to APGA so as to make the party wax stronger.
However, Governor Obiano proudly displayed his new card, which now bore the signature of the new leadership of the party and urged everybody in the party to do same.
He maintained that the party stood for hope for the common man and would keep increasing in strength and number until it surpasses every other political party in the country.
With the victory chant by the governor and the people, APGA members were reminded that it is their responsibility to champion the course of the party and carry its message of brotherliness to every nook and cranny of the state and beyond.