By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”LEADER of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, vowed yesterday that the party would engage the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Maurice Iwu in a fierce battle if he continues to disobey court orders recognising Chief Victor Umeh as authentic National Chairman of APGA.
Ojukwu, who was reacting to INECâ€™s decision to deliver materials for nomination of APGAâ€™s governorship candidate for Anambra state for the forth coming election to Chekwas Okorie faction, described the commissionâ€™s action as unacceptable, mischievous and violation of the rule of law, saying unless the decision was urgently reversed, it could lead to anarchy.
The former Biafran leader told reporters in Enugu, that Iwuâ€™s penchant for disobeying court orders portends great danger for the nationâ€™s democracy, saying it was wrong for INEC to deliver the governorship forms to Okorie after the court had upheld his expulsion from the party and accorded Umeh due recognition as the partyâ€™s authentic national chairman.
â€œIwu should know that when the sun fails to rise, there would be total darkness in the land.Â My position has always been the same and I canâ€™t change it in as much as I know that it is in accordance with the relevant provision of the law.
And that position is that Umeh remains the national chairman of APGA. I follow the party of legality.Â What we have found before us is straight-forward.Â We as a people have decided the path we want to follow and we can not fold our arms and watch somebody in the person of Iwu todecide otherwise for us.
Iwu should respect our position because if he doesnâ€™t do that, I donâ€™t want to give out threats, but am sure they know what would happen,â€ the Ikemba Nnewi said.
Ojukwu, who was the presidential candidate of APGA in the 2007 election, said APGA had always obeyed court orders and as such would not find it funny whenever orders of the court are grossly violated by those that ought to know its consequences, stressing that he would direct his followers on what to do to Iwu and INEC at the appropriate time if â€œIwu continues to thread the path of dishonor.â€
Expressing confidence that APGA would be returned for a second term in the February 6 governorship election in Anambra state, he said though there were strong external forces trying to discredit the party, the people of the state are satisfied with the performance of the APGA led government of Peter Obi.
INEC had last Friday handed over the governorship forms for Anambra state to the Okorieâ€™s faction of APGA.
Umeh, while reacting to the development, said he would not join issues with Okorie but would return to the court to obtain justice, as the INECâ€™s action was totally against the spirit and letters of rule of law mantra of the present administration.