Chief Victor Umeh
By Onwuka Nzeshi
Former members of its National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) Saturday advised the Board of Trustees (BoT)of the party to convene a fresh national convention to elect new leaders of the party.
The former party chieftains who met in Abuja to deliberate on the future of the party following a recent court judgement that sacked its leadership, urged all members of the party to desist from further litigation and cooperate with one another to chart a new course for the party.
The group led by the erstwhile Deputy National Chairman, Chief Ejike Uche observed that the long years of leadership tussle within the party has not only been a major distraction but has slowed down its growth and capacity to compete with other parties during elections.
Uche argued that with the 2015 general election fast approaching and the Anambra governorship election less than eight months away, any further pursuit of court actions by anybody cannot be in the interest of the party.
The meeting took an in depth analysis of the pronouncements made by the presiding Chief Judge of Enugu State on the matter brought before him by Ichie Jude Okoli, an APGA chieftain and chairman of the party in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State against the leadership of the party and advised Chief Victor Umeh, the former National Chairman of the party, to avoid further litigation in the interest of the party.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, the party chieftains observed that the judgement of the Enugu High Court which declared null and void the 2011 national convention of the party has completely dissolved all organs of the party from the Local Government to the national level.
The former NWC members also observed that the judgment has only provided room for the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to organise a credible national convention that would set on track the functional organs of the party.
According to the group, the growth, development and survival of the party should be paramount in the mind of all lovers and supporters of the party.
The great potentials of APGA , they said, have been consistently undermined by the penchant of the members of the party to resort to litigations on the slightest provocation on issues that ordinarily would have been resolved amicably in-house.
They urged the BOT of the party to quickly convene a stakeholders meeting to address the challenges of the party and produce workable roadmap for its future.