By Chris Ochayi
Abuja- The leadership crisis rocking the All Progressive Grand Alliance, (APGA), weekend took a different dimension as the Chekwas Okorieâ€™s National Executive Committee (NEC) threatened to get the factional Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh arrested and prosecuted for allegedly defrauding the party.
Founding Chairman of APGA, Chief Chekwas Okorie who disclosed this in Abuja while speaking with newsmen shortly after the NEC meeting, said Umeh faction will face prosecution for allegedly collecting the partyâ€™s grant from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the last five years, using a fictitious bank account that does not belong to the party, for that purpose.
He noted that the party has not forgotten the money collected by Umeh, and that preparations are at advanced staged to get him prosecuted for the alleged fraud.
INEC had on May 14th 2009, gave recognition to Chekwas Okorie faction, saying it was done in respect of the stipulations of the partyâ€™s constitution which neither warring factions has ever challenged in court.
But the court is yet to make any definite pronouncement on the identity of who the real National Chairman of the party is despite series of court cases pending on the issue.
APGA in a 9-point communiquÃ© issued at the end of the NEC meeting announced the formation of a National Convention Planning committee and the National Finance Committee to prepare the ground for the planned National Convention of the party.
The party also made known its intention to retain the government of Anambra state by winning convincingly in the forth coming governorship election, first by conducting a free and fair primary election that will produce a credible candidate that will meet the approval rating of the critical Anambra state electorate.
The party has also called on prospective aspirants for the 2010 governorship election in the state who wish to participate in the partyâ€™s primary election to submit their letter of intent to the Anambra state secretariat of the party.
It further urged all members of the party who have moved away with Umeh to return to the party in their own interest under the leadership of Okorie, saying those who fail to comply with the directive, a week to the partyâ€™s National Convention would be duly expelled by the convention.
â€œAnything short of this will expose the country to the danger that may threaten the stability of the country with its frightening consequences, especially in the forthcoming 2011 general election in the countryâ€, he said.