Alhaji Sadeeq Massala
Onyebuchi Ezigbo â€¨in Abujaâ€¨
A faction of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), led by Alhaji Sadeeq Massala, yesterday said it was not true that his group had given up its struggle for the control of the party.
Masalla, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, described the recent claim by the party National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, that the crisis in the party was over as completely untrue and mere propaganda aimed at deceiving uninformed people.
Umeh had said while receiving some National Working Committee (NWC) members, who returned to the party fold from the Masalla group that the leadership tussle in the party was over and that the national executive would soon convene a reconciliatory meeting to formally welcome back aggrieved members.
However, Masalla said the fuggy situation in the party was far from being over and that his group was still standing by its resolution to suspend Umeh and the party’s National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi.
“The whole show, being a comedy, has served out its purpose, which is a mere entertainment. For the avoidance of doubt and for the benefit of those who may have taken the comedy on its face value, we are not averse to any peace move, but such a move must be genuine, sincere and sustainable. It can not be achieved by propaganda or public deceit.
“There should be an end to propaganda especially when it touches on the very essence of our party’s existence.
“Any peace move, which leaves Victor Umeh and Sani Shinkafi as National Chairman and Secretary, is not a peace move as it is not sustainable and is therefore unacceptable to the greater majority of our party members.
“The party is not at war with itself or with anybody, all we said is that Chief Victor Umeh and Alhaji Sani Shinkafi have been suspended and they stand suspended. They should give way to allow for general re-organisation and sustainable peace in our party.
“Chief Umeh has been in office for eight solid years and Sani Shinkafi has been there for nearly eleven years. Within these years, they have committed many atrocities that have stunted the growth of our party, which we encapsulated in the 13-point allegation against them. APGA is not their fathers’ estate or their private property,” he said.
Masalla pointed out that only one person had so far defected to the Umeh camp, but stressed that at a meeting in Enugu, which was convened by the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), it was clear who was in-charge of the party’s leadership.
He, however, assured that the crisis rocking APGA would not in any way affect its chances of winning the Anambra State governorship election slated to hold in December next year.
“All we are doing now is to rebuild our party and prepare for election in Anambra State in 2013 and the 2015 general election, “ he said