By Tony Edike
ENUGU- THE protracted leadership crisis that engulfed the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, was Monday, laid to rest following a unanimous judgement of the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu which affirmed Chief Victor Umeh as the National Chairman of the party.
The court quashed the judgement of the Enugu State High Court delivered by the State Chief Judge, Justice Innocent Umezulike on February 8, 2013 that sacked the entire National Working Committee of APGA on the ground that that their tenure expired in 2010.
Reacting to the judgement, Umeh who was nearly mobbed by a crowd of supporters including members of the National Working Committee of the party, former Governorship candidate of the party in Imo State, Chief Martins Agbaso and the State Chairmen of the party, said the decision of the court has rekindled his confidence in the Nigerian judiciary. He attributed his victory to God and the tremendous support he enjoyed from party members.
In a lead judgment delivered by Justice Tom Yakubu and concurred by two other justices in the appeal panel, Justices Paul Galinje (Chairman) and Modupe Kwasami, the appellate court granted all the four reliefs sought by the applicant (Umeh) and resolved all the issues set out for determination in his favour.
The lower court had in its ruling on the case against the APGA National Chairman by an expelled member of the party in Enugu State, Mr. Jude Okuli, ordered the removal of Chief Umeh on the ground that his tenure had expired and went ahead to declare the November 10, 2011 National Convention of the party where Umeh and other NWC members were re-elected as unconstitutional.