By Christopher Isiguzo
An Enugu State High Court presided over by the state Chief Judge, Justice Innocent Umezulike, on Friday ordered Chief Victor Umeh to stop parading himself as national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance since according to the court, "his tenure actively ended on December 2, 2010."
One Jude Okolie had in August last year brought a suit before the court seeking to restrain the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh from convening any meeting of the party, contending that Umeh was no longer its Chairman.
Ruling on the prayers, Justice Umezulike said the 2006 election that brought in Umeh's executive expired on December 2010, adding however, the due process of the party's election was not followed on February 10, 2011 to elect a new set of executive.
Umezulike therefore declared the entire executives of APGA as null and void since it was done through voice vote instead of the constitutional secret ballot.
Reacting to the judgment, Umeh said that Umezulike's judgment was predicted, adding that while he goes to appeal court for redress, he remains the chairman of APGA.
Ume's words: "By sacking the National Working Committee of APGA that was elected at the National Convention of February 10, 2011, which the court declared null and void, Justice Umezulike has completely decapitated APGA and left it without a leadership. This is like removing the head of a trailer and the body of the trailer can no longer move.