By TONY EDIKE
ENUGU—TWELVE members of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Enugu State have been expelled for alleged anti-party activities, violence and disobedience to the party’s constitution.
The affected members, who were earlier recommended for expulsion by the disciplinary committee of the party, are Prince Edwin Njokuji, Ichie Okuli Jude Ejike, Iroh Kingsley Chinedu, Ugwu Sunday, Agu Ogbonna, Chief Amaechi Nwobodo, Mr. Ebisi Ifeanyi Raphail, Mr. Mac Vincent Ugwuanyi, Sochima Nwachukwu, Odoaruchi Ikechukwu, Okosisi Chinedu and Daniel Ikechukwu Egbo.
Five of the expelled members had dragged the state chairman of the party, Mr. Okechukwu Nkoloagu, before an Enugu State High Court urging it to declare that the party chairman, having exhausted his tenure of office, should be stopped from enjoying or exercising any of the privileges, rights, powers and functions of the state chairman of the party without fresh state congress.
They also sought a perpetual injunction restraining Nkoloagu from “holding himself out as chairman of APGA or enjoying or exercising the privileges, rights, powers and or functions of the state chairman or officer of the party in Enugu State.”
But Justice Benedict Agbalah who presided over the matter, had in his ruling on March 3, 2012, upheld the contention by Nkoloagu that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter which he described as incompetent and, therefore, struck out the matter.
Announcing the expulsion of the 12 members at a news conference in Enugu yesterday, Nkoloagu said contrary to claims by some dissident members of the party that there was crisis in the state chapter of the party, he could tell that there was no crisis whatsoever in the party.
He said those behind the frivolous claim had engaged in anti-party activities and violence which necessitated their expulsion from the party, adding that rather than showing some level of remorse by tendering an apology for the offences they allegedly committed, the expelled members went to court to seek his removal.
“Now judgment has been given in the matter and they lost their case because what they were seeking was purely an internal affair of the party.
“From investigations, these twelve members were being sponsored by one Ozoene based in United States of America who is not an APGA member. He is not known to the party and has no stake in APGA,” Nkoloagu said.
He urged members of APGA in the state to remain focused and continue to work for the progress of the party, assuring that a level playing ground would always be provided for all the members.