Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Why APGA may dump Obiano on 2017 guber poll

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The lingering crisis in the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State could obliterate the chances of the embattled incumbent governor Willy Obiano emerging as the party’s flag bearer in the 2017 gubernatorial elections, no thanks to an Enugu High court judgment of May 22, 2017 which affirmed the leadership of Agbaso faction as the authentic APGA.
Honourable Justice A.R. Ozoemena of the Enugu High court had issued an order of mandamus, compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to abide by the decision of APGA in recognising Chief Martin Agbaso as the National Chairman of the party instead of Ozo Victor Oye.
Political watchers believe it will be an uphill task to reverse the court’s decision within the stipulated time limit since the courts would be proceeding on vacation soon and would not be able to sit to decide the fate of the Oye-led faction which is loyal and has endorsed Governor Willy Obiano as its governorship candidate.
APGA had in its national working committee meeting on November 2016, sacked Victor Oye, replacing him with late Ozo Nwabueze Okafor, former Vice Chairman of the party (Southeast), followed by count­er court cases.
People very conversant with political developments in the state are accusing the ruling APC of deliberately trying to manipulate the electoral pro­cess by fueling crisis in opposi­tion camps to have an easy ride during the elections, saying that the APC’s central government had employed the same tactics and strategy to claim victory in Edo and Ondo states recently.
The latest court order of Monday May 22, which was obtained from a suit between Mike Aloke & others verses INEC & others also restrained INEC from recognising any oth­er person as national chairman of APGA except Chief Martin Agbaso, and also compelled the Nigerian Police to comply with the decision of the party.
But reacting on behalf of the embattled national chairman of APGA, Dr. Victor Oye and his sacked executive members, Barr Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, the na­tional publicity secretary of the faction, dissociated them­selves and the party from the order, stressing that they had no knowledge of the suit, and was never served.
Obi-Okoye added that those behind the suit had been ex­pelled from the party in Decem­ber 2016, and also has a pend­ing case with them at the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division fol­lowing a stay of proceedings by the High Court of FCT until the determination of the appeal fixed for hearing on the 1st of June 2017.
In his reaction, Comrade Chuks Nwoga, APGA nation­al youth leader and Prince Ukaegbu, Ag. national public­ity secretary of APGA loyal to Martin Agbaso, described Obi- Okoye’s response as height of rascality and flagrant disre­spect to the rule of law.
They further stated that Oye’s faction response which was followed by sponsored mass demonstrations in Awka, undermined court process in a similar way they were report­edly expelled from the party on 21/12/16 despite a pending case in the court.
They, however, vowed to organise a transparent party primary to ensure landslide victory in Anambra November 2017, Ekiti 2018, and Osun 2019 gubernatorial and general elec­tions, respectively.



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