June 16, 2009

Umeh reports Iwu to Aondoakaa over APGA crisis

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA— Factional Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh has written the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Chief Michael Aondoakaa (SAN) over the alleged mischievous roles being played by INEC boss, Prof Maurice Iwu, to destroy the lawful leadership structure of his party in order to weaken its chances of winning elections in the country.

Umeh who has already commenced a committal proceedings against Iwu over his decision to disobey court order which declared him the lawful leader of the party is begging Andoakaa (SAN) to use his good office to call INEC boss to order and save the party’s leadership from collapse.

He invited Andoakaa to intervene as a matter of urgency to stop Iwu from dragging the good image of the President Umaru Yar’adua’s administration which is anchored on respect for human rights and rule of law in the mud for his personal interest.

The passionate appeal to the Federation Attorney-General came just as an Abuja high court fixed June 18, for hearing in the committal proceedings pending against Iwu and the Deputy Secretary of INEC, Steve Osemeke over disobedience to court order.

In the letter by Umeh to Andoakaa (SAN) dated June 2, 2009 and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Umeh said, “we have watched with bewilderment, Prof. Iwu’s continuous flouting of subsisting court orders on APGA leadership in a most bizarre manner. Knowing that this action negates President Yar’adua’s zero tolerance to disrespect for rule of law.

“We are compelled to bring this matter to your attention as the Chief Law Officer of the country. On January 1, 2005, our former Chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie was expelled from the party alongside two Deputies in line with relevant sections of APGA constitution. In his place, Chief Victor Umeh was appointed Acting National Chairman.

INEC was informed of the development and after investigating the leadership dispute through appropriate committees, the Commission accorded recognition to Chief Umeh as Acting National Chairman through a letter dated June 28, 2005.

He further stated that “Okorie through suit number FCT/HC/CV/278/05 challenged his expulsion from the party. He sought a declaration that his expulsion along with his two Deputies was null and void.”