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Thu, 14 Mar 2013

Umeh: APGA for Alliance, Not Merger

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Embattled National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Umeh, spoke to Journalists on the crisis in the party and other matters. Charles Onyekamuo presents the excerpts

APGA now has an acting national chairman now, but is there a provision for such in the party’s constitution and what are the prayers in your appeal?

Well, when people are not playing by the rules, they dig trenches for themselves. When they fall into the trenches, they will be looking for a way to come up. When I was dragged to court on a challenge of my tenure of office, the people who sponsored the suit against me did not have a long view of the dangers and implications their actions portend for the party. In desperate pursuit of Chief Victor Umeh to be removed as the national chairman of APGA, they, without knowing, sewed a seed of fire that will burn the party.

While they are waiting for the Chief Judge of Enugu State to announce my removal, they were not expecting that other officers of the party elected with me in one convention would also be affected. There was no way the Judge will determine my tenure without also determining the tenure of people elected along with me in one convention. When that happened, they were thrown into confusion.

If you recall my immediate reaction on that judgment, I did say that even Mr. Peter Obi who sponsored the suit will not benefit from the suit because he has a very short political view. He did not know that such a far reaching decision will come out of that suit. They were desperately pursuing me, I knew that was going to be the outcome and when it happened, they were caught napping, and they didn’t know what to do again.

By that implication, the Judge has announced that he didn’t have the jurisdiction to hear the matter. So, on the issue of adopting somebody into being national chairman of APGA in the person of Maxi Okwu, it is one of such confused approaches to, trying to create a leadership for APGA having shot themselves from the sides. They were targeting only me but in one failed stroke, they lost 29 members of national working committee. So, speaking strictly, nobody has been appointed interim or acting national chairman of APGA. It is unconstitutional and INEC will not accept such action. ...(read more)

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