From Okey Sampson, Aba
Factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ozo Nwabueze Okafor has affirmed the suspension of the former national chairman of the party, Chief Victor Oye.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had suspended Oye from office, but after a peace process initiated by Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, the suspension was kept in abeyance.
However, addressing newsmen in Aba, Abia State, yesterday, after meeting with the Abia State factional chairman of APGA, Onapuruagu Prince Ukaegbu, Ozo Okafor accused Oye of scuttling the peace process
“Governor Obiano of Anambra State initiated a process for the resolution of the crisis in the party, but unfortunately, after the meeting, the suspended chairman, Chief Victor Oye made indicting remarks and we have to discard the outcome of that meeting.”
Okafor alleged that the suspended national chairman had been threatening members of the party’s NWC and said lifting the suspension would lead to the demise of APGA. Okafor who said Prince Ukaegbu was wrongly suspended as the chairman of the party in Abia said his executive was in the state to reconcile aggrieved founding members of APGA across the country.
He affirmed that Governor Obiano remains the national leader and BoT chairman of the party and urged every member to join hands in moving APGA forward.
Prince Ukaegbu said APGA in the state was solidly behind the move by the new national executive in repositioning the party which he said had been taken over by charlatans who do not know when and how the party was formed.
Ukaegbu said the late Eze Igbo Gburugburu, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu would not be happy wherever he was with what is happening in APGA and therefore, called on Ike Oye to save the party from further crisis and leave.
“We will not want to enter into another lengthy legal battle which the party came out not quite a long time ago, I urge the former national chairman to do the needful and vacate the seat without further delay,” he said
Other members of the NWC who accompanied Ozo Okafor on the visit include Chief Okechukwu Ukeleagu, deputy national publicity secretary and Chief Jerry Obasi, deputy national secretary of the party.