By Emmanuel Aziken
THINGS were shaping better for Governor Willie Obiano, yesterday, after the Court of Appeal, sitting in Enugu vacated the order of mandamus by which Chief Martins Agbaso became national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
The court decision restoring Chief Victor Oye as national chairman immediately sharpened the arsenal of the governor giving him a solid platform to process his second term ambition.
Agbaso could not be reached after the judgment as his phone was not available. However, before the judgment, yesterday evening, Agbaso had dismissed the primaries conducted by the Oye faction which produced Obiano as governorship candidate of the party.
“What happened yesterday (Tuesday) was that Obiano demonstrated the height of impunity to an irresponsible level for someone who swore to defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And that is one who swore to abide by the rules of the Courts of Nigeria that said that only the chairman that is recognised by law and NWC headed by a chairman that is recognised by law has the power to conduct primaries and Oye as at yesterday was not the legally recognised chairman of APGA,” he said as he vowed to forge ahead with the primary scheduled by his faction of the party for next Monday.
It was not immediately clear last night whether the Agbaso group would forge ahead with the primary.
Chief Obiano’s confidence in flying the APGA ticket, according to Vanguard sources, was upon the claim that Oye was not joined in the initial court case where Agbaso got the order.
The governor had forged along to also brand his campaign materials including vehicles, posters and clothes in APGA colours indicative of his confidence in obtaining victory at the Court of Appeal.
The governor is now set to compete with the candidate that emerges from opposition parties in the state.