By Emmanuel Aziken & Chris Ochay
Abujaâ€” The protracted leadership crisis rocking the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, deepened yesterday as the INEC recognised factionÂ of the partyÂ led by Chief Chekwas Okorie,Â expelled Governor Peter Obi of Anambra, factional chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and former national secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, from the party at its convention in Abuja, despite a Federal High Court order. However, in a swiftÂ reaction, Chief Umeh, said that Chief Okorie risked time in jail for flouting the orders of the court, barring him from hosting the convention of the party.
Obi and othersâ€™ expulsion was sequel to a motion moved by Mr Obinna Emenike, National Vice-Chairman, South-South and Mr Levi Obi at the national convention of the party
The party had its first and last national convention in January 10, 2003 in Abuja.
Among the reasons given for the expulsion of the three members from the party include, dissident activities and misconduct contrary to Article 21 Rule 3 (a) (b) (c), (d) and (e) of the partyâ€™s constitution.
In a remark, Chief Chekwas Okorie, National Chairman of APGA, said that the party would use the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra to announce its comeback.
Reacting to the convention, Chief Umeh said his rivalâ€™s action lacked legitimacy on the basis of several court judgments, which he claimed ratified Okorieâ€™s expulsion from the party.
While rebuffing entreaties on his reaction to the resolutions of the Okorie-led convention expelling him, in a telephone interview, Umeh described the convention as a charade.