By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHA—The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has threatened to institute a legal action against the suspended national chairman of the party, Chief Victor Oye, should he continue to parade himself as the national chairman of the party.
Acting national chairman, Ozo Nwabueze Okafor dropped the hint while addressing reporters on the recent crisis in APGA.
He said the peace being brokered by the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has failed following subsequent conduct and utterances of the suspended national chairman.
Oye was purportedly suspended on Thursday, October 6 for alleged gross misconduct.
A press statement made available to our correspondent in Awka by Governor Obiano’s aide, Chief Mike Igwa said the governor had intervened and resolved the crisis.
The statement read in part: “In a meeting with APGA’s National stakeholders, which was attended by members of the party’s National Working Committee and key leaders of the party across the country in Awka on Wednesday, Governor Obiano successfully resolved last week’s internal leadership crisis in the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), which led to the purported suspension of the party’s national chairman, Chief Victor Ike Oye by some aggrieved members of the NWC, led by the party’s Vice Chairman South East, Chief Ozo Nwabueze Okafor.
“The meeting was attended by the former national chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Spain, Mrs Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu, the former National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi and the party’s 2015 governorship candidate in Abia State,Dr Alex Oti.
“The meeting noted that the current APGA constitution lays emphasis on internal crisis resolution through dialogue in line with the APGA’s motto which is: Be Your Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper.
“The meeting observed that although the aggrieved members had raised pertinent issues, the decision to suspend the national chairman and announce a replacement didn’t follow the laid down procedures in the current constitution of APGA.”
The statement added that: “The meeting noted the salient issues raised by the aggrieved members of the NWC and cautioned that mutual respect and friendly disposition and trust must be observed by all party members and leaders in the day to day activities and in the leadership of the party to enhance collective decision making.”
The Acting National chairman, commended the efforts of the governor and other stakeholders of the party in trying to resolve the crisis in the party but insisted that Oye must vacate his seat.