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‘INEC not responsible for APGA crisis’

The seeming intractable leadership crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) may soon be  resolved if feelers from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are anything to go by.

An INEC source, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed  yesterday that the Commission had reached out to all the parties in the crisis with the hope of resolving their differences, insisting that the Commission is not taking sides contrary to insinuations in certain quarters.

“What many people don’t know is that the INEC leadership had made several attempts to facilitate resolution of the crisis through formal and informal means in the past without much success.

Even the state Governor, Peter Obi, if he wants to be honest to himself will testify to this. Several Anambra leaders had been consulted and plausible solutions proffered.

But the INEC chairman, Prof Maurice Iwu is not deterred. He is still hopeful that sooner than latter, the combatants will be persuaded to see reason.”

On the allegation that INEC is taking sides by openly identifying with the Chekwas Okorie faction to the detriment of the Victor Umeh-led APGA, the source said that nothing could be farther from the truth than that.

“We have heard that allegation made many times. The climax is the open letter by Obi to Nigerians, which was published recently in some newspapers accusing Iwu of disobeying court orders. The Governor knows he is being unfair because he knows the truth.

At no time has any court in Nigeria declared Umeh the National Chairman of APGA. The party’s constitution which INEC has says the party’s leadership can only be elected at a duly convened national convention.

No such convention has been held since Umeh claimed that he sacked Okorie and replaced him as the chairman. So where and how did he become the chairman? Who elected him?”the source said.


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