Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has reacted to his purported expulsion from the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA by the Chief Chekwas Okorie-led faction of the party
, describing it as a display of madness.
The Okorie-faction, which is recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had at a convention in Abuja Wednesday in defiance of a Federal High Court order, announced Obi’s expulsion and that of factional chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and the party’s National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi.
Okorie had cited Article 12, Rule 3 (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e) of the party’s constitution as the ground for the expulsion. Umeh’s faction of the party had earlier secured a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop the convention from holding.
Speaking with journalists at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka, Governor Obi said “ the action of the group has shown the level of unseriousness among some people in the country.“Why would any person flagrantly choose to disobey an order of a court in the name of politics? Nigerians are watching to see the outcome of the unfolding events by Chekwas Okorie and his group.”
He insisted that he remained “a member of APGA headed by Chief Victor Umeh.
Any time he found any reason not to go along with the party, he would resign from further participation in politics.”According to him, “President Umaru Yar’Adua has been preaching the rule of law, but certain individuals in the country who prefer that the country’s image be dented, have not been helping matters.
Those behind the action of Okorie were two governorship aspirants from Anambra State who, though have been campaigning on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), want to cause confusion in APGA by using Okorie as a willing tool.”