The Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has distanced itself from the reported peace move going on between the two factions of the party.
APGA faction under the control of Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and the Chief Victor Umeh led faction are said to have embraced truce ahead of the Anambra State governorship election coming up in November this year.
However, in a press briefing at the Enugu State Secretariat of the party on Sunday, the Enugu APGA members said they were not part of any reconciliation going on between Governor Obi and Umeh, insisting that on no account would they recognize Umeh as the national chairman of the party.
In the joint press briefing by the coordinator and the chairman of APGA in the state, Ichie Okuli Jude and Sochima Nwachukwu, respectively, they said Umeh lacked all that was required to pilot the affairs of the party.
“On Tuesday 9th of August, 2011, at the Ascot Hotel, New Haven, Enugu, Chief Umeh said that there is no human being in Enugu State. He said this in the presence of our state exco, local government chairmen, ward chairmen and stakeholders.
“Chief Umeh never had any local government and ward party office and or hoisted a flag in any of our wards in Enugu State from 2004 to 2012. He is not a dedicated APGA chairman.
“In 2011, APGA Enugu State chapter contested for positions with the opposition parties at our primary election. Some persons from outside the party emerged in the federal and state positions, which made it impossible for for Barr. Obinna Obiegue to do well as our governorship candidate”, they stated.
While drumming support for Chief Maxi Okwu as the national chairman of the party, they said “we rely on April 8th 2013 APGA convention, which was witnessed by INEC at Awka, Anambra State and the 4th, 5th and 6th April congresses held this year”.
The Enugu APGA equally dismissed the recent Court of Appeal judgement, which re-instated Umeh as the national chairman of the party.
Despite the peace move, Okuli, who is the plaintiff in the APGA legal tussle disclosed that he had already filed a notice of appeal at the Supreme Court against the judgement, and expressed hope that it would soon be over for Umeh.
According to him, “The issue of peace move between Chief Victor Umeh and some distinguished leaders of our great party, to the best of our knowledge is only hinged on Anambra State governorship primary election of this year 2013, that does not concern the justice I am pursuing at the Supreme Court.
“It is well that Chief Umeh now understood that he is under APGA as a member like others who can be delegated to function by our national leaders, as Umeh’s tenure expired on 2nd December 2010 and the 10th of February 2011 convention of affirmation/voice vote election was an abuse of APGA constitution.
“I have now filed notice of appeal containing twelve grounds and I have confidence on the honourable justices of the Supreme Court to do substantial justice in the matter by setting aside the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Enugu division”.
While accusing the 3-man Court of Appeal panel that handled the matter of bias, Okuli alleged that “Umeh got an e-copy of the judgement delivered by Yakubu as he invited and arranged music groups who accompanied him to the court”.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is yet to fix date for hearing on the matter.