Battle for the soul of APGA rages on — 4 Chairmen, 4 candidates
The battle for the soul of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is still raging on with the party producing four party faction chairmen and four candidates for the Anambra State governorship election coming up on November 6, 2021.
Besides four party faction chairmen and four governorship candidates, the party is also bedeviled with several suits in several courts across several states.
The four APGA members who are laying claims to the chairmanship of APGA are:
- Ozo Victor Oye
- Edozie Njoku
- Barr. Dr. Mic Adams
- Jude Okeke
Even more befuddling is the fact that each faction lays claim to at least one court judgement to its favour.
Each judgement authorises the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the faction chairman as the “authentic” one, and the governorship candidates as the “true” one.
As at the last count, there were seventeen suits, some withdrawn, some resolved, some yet to receive full attention.
Away from the trial courts, there are four cases at the Appeal court on who is the authentic National Chairman of APGA.
One of the contenders, Chief Edozie Njoku recently filed an appeal against the judgement of Justice Valentine Okaa of the Anambra State High Court.
Justice Okaa had reinstated Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo as the APGA candidate in the forthcoming November 6 State governorship election.
The court also recognised Victor Oye as the “authentic chairman” of APGA.
Reacting to the judgment, Chief Njoku filed the appeal against the Justice Okaa’s judgement.
The appeal was filed at the Awka Division of the Appeal court.
Presently, four different cases are in four different Appeal courts viz: Asaba, Abuja, Kano and Awka.
In Asaba, Barr Dr Mic Adams II is challenging the decision of Kwale High Court which vacated its earlier judgement that sacked Oye.
In Abuja, Oye is challenging the decision of the Federal High Court Abuja to reserve ruling on his application to be joined in the order of mandamus filed by Chief Njoku.
In Kano, the deputy national chairman of APGA north is challenging the judgement of the Jigawa State High Court which recognized Barr Jude Okeke as the “authentic National Chairman” of APGA.
In Awka, Chief Edozie Njoku is challenging the judgement of Justice Okaa which recognized Oye as the authentic National Chairman of APGA.
That brings the tally to four appeals in four different appeal courts over who is the authentic National Chairman of APGA.
Meanwhile, all the four factional National Chairmen of APGA have candidates for November 6 Anambra State governorship election.
The four APGA members laying claim to the candidacy of APGA are:
- Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo
- Edozie Njoku (he doubles as faction chairman and candidate)
- Chukwuma Umeoji, and one other.
The implication is that any of them who wins at the Appeal court or Supreme court will have his candidate listed by INEC as the candidate of the party for the November 6 Anambra State governorship election.