Friday, 4 November 2016

Crisis: Anambra State APGA Gets Two State Chairmen

Norbert Obi

Omeligwe takesover, Obi says he is incharge

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The crisis currently rocking the National Executive of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) seemed to be fast stepping down to state levels as the Anambra State Chapter of the party, last Friday 4th November, 2016 elected two State Chairmen in a separate executive meetings.

The two State Chairmen, gathered were Hon. Chief Tony Omeligwe Elee, Ex-deputy State Chairman (Central), who was appointed by Anambra State Working Committee (APGA-SWC) at about 8.05 am after suspending their embattled Chairman, Sir Norbert Obi.

Reading a 5-page communiqué signed by seventeen(17) members of the 24-member SWC, the APGA State Legal Adviser, Sylvester Ezeokenwa accused Obi of ineptitude and gross incompetence that were considered dangerous for the party in the fast-approaching 2017 governorship election. 

Ezeokenwa, who equally announced the indefinite suspension of the chairman, lamented that, "the untiring and relentless efforts of our dear governor in turning around the fortunes of the state has not recorded a complimentary contribution from our great party, owing largely to the dearth of credible leadership and dictatorial inclination of Chief Norbert Obi.

The communiqué read in part thus, "Our party has ostensibly lost focus, drive and has consequently put the chances of our great party achieving a second term success for our dear working governor in serious jeopardy... Obi’s offences include failure to convene statutory meetings of the state working committee and the state Executive Committee contrary to Article 12 of the Party’s Constitution; Open denigration of members of the State Executive Committee; Running the Party without approved budget by the State Executive Committee (SEC) contrary to Article 12 (6) (C) of the Constitution.

“Unilaterally constituting of the Disciplinary Committee and Reconciliation Committee without seeking the approval or ratification of the SEC contrary to Articles 17 (e) and 22 (3) (a) of the constitution; Failure to constitute other statutory standing and ad hoc Committees of the party contrary to Articles 16 and 22 (7) (f) of the constitution; failure to render appropriate accounts of the funds accruable to the party and unilateral expenditure from the party’s account contrary to Article 28 of the Constitution.

“Failure to call for a statutory audit of the party’s accounts contrary to Article 29 of the Constitution; deliberate neglect and denigration of the secretariat of the party contrary to Article 15 of the constitution; deliberate neglect of the State Working Committee in the day to day administration of the party contrary to Article 12 (7) (a) of the constitution; outright hijack of the revenue source accruable to the Youth Wing of the Party thus jeopardizing the Youth Empowerment programme of the party and the State Government; open polarization and factionalisation of the Women Wing of the party and a host of other constitutional breaches too numerous to mention. Therefore, a disciplinary committee should be set up to investigate and discipline him, based on the listed offences, if found guilty”.

However, while addressing another press conference five hours later, the embattled State Chairman, Sir Norbert Obi, flanked by 21 Local Government Chairmen of the party, including few Deputy exco members dismissed his removal, even as he insisted that he remains the Anambra State Chairman of APGA.

Obi, who was sweating profusely said, “My purported impeachment is null and void, unconstitutional, and never in anywhere consistent to the 2014 law guarding the affairs of APGA. I’m the only one that can call for SWC meeting. So, I’m still in charge.”



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