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APGA not party to Umeh’s suit against INEC,Okorie — Orji

Abuja – The APGA Director of Publicity, Mr Okorie Orji, said yesterday, in Abuja that the party was not a respondent in the suit by Chief Victor Umeh against INEC and Chief Chekwas Okorie.

A faction of APGA held its national convention on September 2,  in Abuja, when members renewed the mandate of Okorie as its national chairman and announced the sack of Governor Peter Obi of Anambra and others from the party.

Umeh, who leads a faction of the party had gone to the Federal High Court, Abuja on September 1, and obtained an injunction restraining the conduct of the convention, a development the Okorie faction claimed ignorance about.

Orji said in a statement that the court order stopping the conduct of the convention was only served on APGA lawyer in the court premises on September 9, “seven days after the convention had been successfully conducted and its report submitted to INEC”.

He claimed that an application seeking the nullification of the outcome of the convention was served on Chief Chris Uche (SAN), APGA lawyer on the same day in the court premises.

“It is important to note that  APGA is not a defendant in the suit. The defendants are INEC and Chief Chekwas Okorie, as first and second respondents, respectively,” he stated.

The APGA faction spokesman said the only consequential order made by the court was restraining the INEC from making use of the resolutions of the convention “until the court has decided on whether the convention was validly convened or not”.


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