By Onyebuchi Ezigbo
The national leadership of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led by Alhaji Sadiq Massala, Sunday said it no longer has confidence in Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Director of Political Party Monitoring and Liaison (PPM) Mrs. Regina Omo-Agege.
The group said in a petition to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, that it has lost confidence in Omo-Agege reporting to the commission on any matter on APGA.
The group called on Jega, to call Omo-Agege, to order.
“INEC should set a machinery in motion to investigate the allegations; should immediately and recognise the APGA (NEC) meeting of July 16 and stop her from giving unsolicited evidence to the police as that must be skewed to favour her bosom friend, Victor Umeh.”
They alleged that the woman had falsified several documents submitted to the commission by Masalla’s group in an attempt to discredit the group and keep Umeh, whom they claimed is her “bosom friend in office in spite of the resolution NEC of the party to suspend him.
The APGA faction also alerted the commission of alleged plots by the director to give evidence in a “curious re-opening of police investigation” of the allegations of signature forgery against some APGA chieftains when the Police forensic report on the matter had concluded investigations on the matter.
“INEC should stop her from going to give unsolicited evidence to the police and the police should be careful with any evidence from Regina Omo-Agege as that must be skewed to favour her ‘bosom friend’, Chief Victor Umeh and shall be capable of ridiculing the Nigerian Police Force as a public institution.”
In the seven-page letter, the Massala-led executive alleged that among others that Omo-Agege has torn two pages of the resolution passed by APGA-NEC members on Umeh’s removal in line with Articles 19 and 22 of APGA constitution, claiming that the members who took such resolution did not form quorum whereas she is unaware that “we submitted and have two duly stamped letters of 22nd June”, both of which bore the regular signature of the people who have been receiving INEC correspondences and that the movement of the said letters terminated in her office.
The letter was copied to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation; Inspector-General of Police (IGP); the Director-General of the State Security Service (DG-SSS); Omo-Agege herself and Chief Edwin Clark.
In the letter, the group insisted that “INEC approved the NEC meeting of 16th July adding that Omo-Agege and her other officers of the department participate and monitored the NEC meeting.
“While in the meeting, she was very hostile and insultive to members which led to a near collapse of order, but for the mature way we handled her conduct and the many controversial actions she took.
“Her colleagues who monitored and participated in the meeting jointly wrote a report of the meeting, but Regina Omo-Agege refused to sign the report.
“She tore off two sheets from the attendance sheet and quickly called us to say that the attendance at the meeting was less than the required two-third and therefore no quorum was formed.
“When we brought forward our own copy of the attendance which included the missing sheets, she initially refused to accept the sheets until we pointed the names of people she know that participated in the meeting but whose names were conspicuously missing in her attendance sheet. Thereafter, she accepted that quorum was actually formed at the meeting.”