By Amby Uneze in Owerri
As the leadership crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gets hotter, the Special Adviser, Political to Chief Martin Agbaso, Chief Lambert Iwueke has debunked the claim made by the State Chairman of the party; Peter Ezeobi that Agbaso was not a member of the party.
An Enugu State High Court had last week delivered a judgment declaring Agbaso as the National Chairman of the party.
In his reaction, Iwueke noted that Chief Agbaso had since returned to the party through a letter he wrote to his ward chairman, having rectified all issues that ab initio led to his dumping the party at the wake of the 2015 general elections.
He said that Chief Agbaso was a foundation member of APGA and had funded APGA in the state from 2003 to 2015, adding that the present office accommodation of APGA in the state where Mr. Peter Ezeobi is currently sitting as the state chairman was paid by Agbaso, including the office furniture which Ezeobi is currently using as State Chairman.
â€œThis is a man who had been winning elections for APGA. In 2003 Agbaso led APGA to win some seats in the Federal House of Representatives and State House of Assembly, in 2007 Agbaso won the governorship election for himself and most the House of Assembly seats before he lost out in the courts. In 2011, he assisted Okorocha to win the governorship in the state and majority of the State House of Assembly.
â€œIn 2015 when he pulled out of APGA because of the way the state working committee reneged on agreement, APGA could not get even one ward.Â
That is an indication that this is a man that derives the fortune of APGA. So how do you say that such a man is not a member of APGA? It is so shameful and rude for Ezeobi to make that insinuation. Chief Agbaso had since gone back to his original party, APGA through a letter he wrote to his ward executives. These letters would be made available to the press when demandedâ€, he said.