BY TONY EDIKE
ENUGU—A chieftain of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and Secretary General, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, Chief Willy Ezugwu, has called on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to urgently investigate the convention held last Monday in Awka by a faction of the party, led by Governor Peter Obi.
Ezugwu, who made the call in Enugu, weekend, described the convention as an eyesore, saying he was still confused at the role INEC played monitoring the proceedings at the unholy time of 1a.m.
“We are calling on INEC chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega to investigate the fraudulent conduct of the convention purportedly held by Governor Peter Obi and also the authorisation of the INEC personnel that monitored the proceedings of the 1a.m. to 7a.m. Monday convention
“How did INEC itself get entangled because I doubt if Jega himself was given adequate notice or information to be part of such a deal to monitor a convention at that unholy time or is INEC no longer a public institution?” he asked.
Ezugwu wondered why Governor Obi should applaud the illegal convention and why his cohorts should also discredit the Court of Appeal judgment where three judges gave a ruling for stay of execution and ordered the re-instatement of the national chairman and National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.
“I do not see any reason why Governor Obi should support such an illegal convention by applauding it and the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr. Joemartins Uzodike disregarding the Monday appeal court judgment by describing it as ‘judgment in futility,” he said.
He also called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the 24 impostors claiming to be state chairmen of APGA that signed the notice of the congresses and convention, citing a similar case which was now pending in court, where Sadiq Massala claimed he had the mandate of 20 NWC members to remove Chief Victor Umeh from office but INEC later discovered that 11 of the signatories were impostors.
Ezugwu asked Governor Peter Obi and his lieutenants to desist from destroying the party which they all laboured to build.
“Governor Obi and his cohorts must refrain from destroying APGA and disobeying court judgments since he himself was a beneficiary of the same court judgments,” he said