APGA Crisis: Umeh Faults Endorsement of Interim Leadership

28 Feb 2013

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Victor Umeh

Onyebuchi Ezigbo

The embattled ousted National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, has described as hoax last Tuesday's endorsement of the Maxi Okwu-led interim leadership by the state chairmen of the party.

Umeh, who was responding to the plan by the new leadership to hold a convention, said the hiring of political jobbers to posture as state chairmen of the party was part of the moves by Okwu to curry public sympathy.

He advised the public to be wary of the employment of propaganda by Okwu to deceive the public.
He said: "His present illegal journey in APGA is not one that can be authenticated through propaganda."

Umeh noted that it was amusing that Okwu, who between January and early February used the platform of Chairman of Citizens Popular Party  (CPP)  and Chairman of the Save Enugu Group to run a propaganda that Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, was incapacitated,  is "running another propaganda that he is the interim National Chairman of APGA."

On the speculation that he and the leadership of the party had been sacked by an Enugu High Court, he stressed that contrary to the claim of Okwu that he had been removed, he was still the boss of the party.

Apart from himself, Umeh said 80 per cent of the leadership was not sacked by the judgment.
Also, the ousted National Secretary of APGA,  Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, yesterday dismissed the move by the group he described as non-members of the party to endorse illegality.
Shinkafi, who earlier turned down an offer to serve as an Interim National Secretary  of party, said  most of those that endorsed Okwu  were not state chairmen of party as claimed.
According to him, out of the 37 persons, who claimed to be state chairmen of the party, only three were authentic state chairmen.

He said  the others were hired to come and perform naked dance for Okwu and his men.
The state chairmen had, in a communique signed by Dr Isah Arzyka Jega, Plateau State chairman of APGA  at the end of their meeting with the interim leadership in Abuja, expressed support for the appointment of the interim leadership led by Ukwu.

They also back the resolution to  hold a fresh convention to select the party's new leaders and not  to challenge the judgment by an Enugu High Court that sacked Chief Victor Umeh as the National Chairman.

While insisting that there was no truth in the communique, Shinkafi explained that Jega who signed the communique was expelled by the Plateau State chapter of the party for gross misconduct.

"The Plateau State chapter suspended him and subsequently expelled him. His expulsion was communicated to the national leadership of the party who approved it. His suspension and expulsion was over the role played in the Jos North Senatorial bye-election," he said.
Shinkafi said the authentic state chairmen of APGA will soon issue a statement to denounce the purported endorsement, maintaining that the chairmen of the party were fully behind Umeh and the appeal of the recent judgment by the Enugu High court which disbanded the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

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