By Tony Nezianya
Awka, June 16, 2021 (MOI) The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) says its attention has been drawn to a live programme on AIT, where some persons claimed to have suspended its National Chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Ike Oye and some select National officers of the party.
A statement released by Mr Tex Okechukwu, APGA National Publicity Secretary, APGA said this was true.
He described those behind the announcement as “a band of political buccaneers and misfits’’ that gathered under the guise of National Executive Council (NEC) of APGA to purportedly announce the suspension.
“We wish to state without any equivocation as follows: that the so-called Jude Okeke and his cohorts are not officers or financial members of our great party and, therefore, did not have any powers to speak on behalf of the party.
It also adds that there was never a time the National Chairman, Mr Oye convened a NEC meeting of the party or any other meeting of the party for that matter
It said that in accordance with Article 13 of the Constitution of APGA 2019, only the National chairman of the party could convene meetings of NWC, NEC and National Convention; no such meeting had been convened.
The part also said that the Supreme Court had made it expressly clear that only the National Convention of a political party could remove the National chairman of a registered political party.
It also adds: “the so-called NEC meeting on AIT was a political hatchet job to create undue tension in the party and misdirect our teeming members. But it is dead on arrival”.
APGA also said “the leadership of the party under Mr Oye is intact and working assiduously to deliver on its governorship primary in Anambra State scheduled for June 23.
“We are determined to bring the full weight of the law to bear on mischief makers and their sponsors, who are bent on causing disaffection among our members.’’
It adds: “the law enforcement agents have been placed on full alert to deal ruthlessly with anybody fomenting trouble in the party as APGA remains a peaceful, law-abiding party, where peace, justice and equity prevail. “We urge millions of our supporters to ignore the ranting of the rabble-rousers and go about their businesses without fear of molestation.’’