The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) have fallen apart following two separate National Conventions that produced two different leaders.
While the Awka, which had in attendance, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra of state, the highest ranking political office holder in the party, re-elected chief Victor Oye as chairman and Labaran Maku, the former minister of information as national secretary, the Owerri convention produced Edozie Njoku as chairman.
An elated Oye in his speech called for the unity of the party so as to reposition it to win elections.
Part of the speech reads, “Our main goal as leaders of the party is to win elections and we have no choice than to take the party to the centre stage of national politics.
“Another immediate challenge before APGA is the need to build a national secretariat in Abuja because we are still operating from a rented office.”
Adding that, “The N1.3 billion realised through the sale of forms during the general elections was intact in the bank. We call on all the aggrieved members, who defected to other parties to return, they still have a lot to enjoy in APGA.”
Edozie Njoku however dismissed the convention that elected Victor Oye as national chairman insisting that he was the authentic national chairman of the party as an experte order duly issued by a court of competent jurisdiction was obtained to stop the NEC meeting that Oye’s faction held earlier in preparation for the national convention which produced Oye as Chairman.
Which he described as an act of illegality.
According to Njoku,
“Like what we are saying, what they are carrying out in Awka is an illegality. They just brought few people in government House, and say that they are doing convention.
“But here the original members of the party have come to decide who they want to be their national chairman.”
On the court order, stopping the Awka convention as planned by Victor Oye,
“There was an experte order which stopped that meeting by the National Executive Coucil, NEC, the meeting which took place on the 14 May, as I am talking to you now, by that experte order, it has stopped every decision that came out of that their NEC, meeting.
“That meeting in which they also expelled the Board of Trustees members which is meant to have started their life with that of the NEC.
“As a result of the sack, of the BOT, members, the BOT, members went to court and got and experte order stopping Victor Oye and APGA, from using anything that came out of the 14 May, NEC meeting including holding a convention.
“Remember I am the first Vice National Chairman of APGA, in 2002. By God grace we have emerged to lead our great forward, we need to start with reconciliation, of our members who left APGA, and bring them back.
“APGA, is supposed to be a national party, that has its root in the Southeast, it is no longer going to be a party situated in one place, few people determining what others will do.”