By JOHNBOSCO AGBARAKWU
ABUJA—CHAIRMAN of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Imos State, Marshal Okafor Anyanwu, has accused Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State of destroying the party to satisfy his pay masters in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Anyanwu, who made the accusation while reacting to the election of new executives by Obi-led faction to supervise the activities of the party, following the removal of the national Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, by a High Court in Enugu, said the group that purportedly elected the new executives was the PDP element in APGA.
He said instead of Governor Obi to bring the party together for national unity, he was busy destabilizing the structure he met on ground and wondered where the governor was drawing his power.
Obi, Umeh rift
Anyanwu said if Obi had problems with the embattled chairman, he should settle it without destroying the party for his selfish interest.
He alleged that Governor Obi did not consult with Anambra State Chairman of APGA in the meeting held in Abuja last weekend where the National Chairman of Citizens Popular Party, CPP, Mr. Maxi Okwu, was elected acting Chairman and Alhaji Sanni Shinkafi, acting National Secretary.
On the position of APGA in the merger arrangement with other political parties that metamorphosed into All Progressives Congress, APC, he said the merger was in progress and irrevocable.
Meanwhile, the APC merger committee has revealed that APGA was not granted a full status because of the crisis within the party, which also led to the exclusion of the party in the consideration of its logo.
A source within the new party, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, explained that because APGA could not bring the resolution mandating the party to be involved in the merger as it was required by law, there was no way the logo of the party could be used in the APC to avoid litigations.
According to the source, “we did not even grant them, APGA, full status because of the crisis. Even when the governor (Rochas Okorocha) came, the governor acknowledged that there is a problem in APGA, because one of the conditions in the merger is that you must produce a resolution saying that the national executive committee of the party has given you the authority to come and negotiate for the merger.
“CPC produced their own, ACN produced, ANPP produced but APGA did not produce because of the crisis they have but Senator Ngige made a passionate appeal that he will want APGA to be part of it, APGA is a major bloc in the South East, he will like APGA to be part of it.
“So the day Senator Okonkwo came, we gave him that recognition, so during the course of trying to arrive at a consensus for the logo they were insisting that since ACN is in the logo, CPC is in the logo, ANPP is in the logo, they have to be in the logo, we said no, if we put you in the logo we are going to have problem because you are not in absolute control of APGA.
Fear of litigation
“We don’t want litigation to stall this merger. If we put you in the logo the other faction will go to court and we will have problem, INEC will not recognize it, then they got annoyed and said they were going to walk out and they came back when they spoke with Governor Okorocha who told them to go back and they came back.”