APGA: Plot To Legitimise Peter Obi-led Convention Thickens
…Anambra Governor Allegedly Offers CJN 100m ‘To Play Ball’
SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, (THEWILL) – Ahead of the June 25 return date for the motion on notice in the case of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) crisis, the plot to give legitimacy to the Governor Peter Obi-led Convention of the party which produced Maxi Okwu as the national chairman is thickening by the day.
THEWILL gathered that the plot which is being spearheaded by Governor Obi has seen the governor allegedly making moves to get the State High Court to declare the convention that brought produced Maxi Okwu as valid.â€¨â€¨Already, the sum of N100million is said to be allegedly on offer to the Chief Judge of the state to allegedly lure him to do the hatchet job.
Already, Obi has allegedly instructed a member of his faction, Joe Onwudinjo, to file a suit challenging the ward and state congresses that brought in the Egbeoyi Okoye-led Executive Committee in Anambra State.
Also, the State's Attorney-General, Peter Afuba, has allegedly recruited the Anambra Chief Judge, Justice Umeadi , into the plot with a promise of the sum of N100million to allegedly assign the matter to Justice Ozor who has allegedly been promised N50million to declare that the ward congresses that brought in Okoye is valid.
The matter which has been filed is expected to end within ten days. Cited in the suit is Maxi Okwu , who is expected to regain legitimacy allegedly through the court ruling.
Afuba is also alleged to have arranged a closed door. meeting between Obi and the Federal High Court Awka judge M.T Salihu who had on April 18 restrained Okwu from parading himself as the National Chairman of APGA with the aim of setting aside the order.
THEWILL recalls that an Awka Federal High Court, Anambra State, had stopped Maxi Okwu and the State Chairman, Egwuoyibo Okoye, from parading themselves as party executives.
Justice M.T Salihu also stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Commissioner of Police, the Inspector-General of Police and APGA from recognising the duo.
Charles Nwazojie filed the suit on behalf of himself and the elected members of the ward, Local Government and state executive committees of APGA in Anambra State.
The respondents included INEC, IG, Anambra CP, APGA, Okwu representing those purportedly elected as national officers under his chairmanship as well as Okoye representing those purportedly elected as ward, LGA and state officers of APGA.
Justice Salihu granted all the reliefs sought by the applicant, which he said was in the best interest of justice.
The reliefs sought included an order of mandamus compelling the first respondent to perform its statutory and public duties as enshrined in the Section 287 (3) of the 1999 Constitution.
He also sought an order to ensure that APGA activities, its members, officers, organs, subordinates, servants, agents or privies, regarding its executive committees both at the national and Anambra State chapter, conforms with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the party’s constitution.