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APGA Disputes INEC Recognition of Edozie Njoku as National Chairman

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has vehemently contested the recent decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize Edozie Njoku as the National Chairman of the party. In a strongly worded statement issued by Mazi Ejimofor Opara KSM, APGA’s National Publicity Secretary, the party described INEC’s decision as “patently wrong and illogical.”

Earlier today, INEC released a statement recognizing Njoku as the National Chairman of APGA, citing a judgment from the Court of Appeal that allegedly affirmed an earlier judgment by an FCT High Court. However, APGA contends that neither the FCT High Court, Bwari Judicial Division, nor the Court of Appeal, made any such pronouncement regarding Njoku’s chairmanship.

APGA asserts that no court has mandated INEC to recognize Njoku as the National Chairman. The party emphasized that there is no evidence of INEC monitoring any convention held by Njoku, nor has any court declared him as the Chairman of APGA. The party believes that INEC’s decision was based on a misinterpretation of the Court of Appeal judgment and lacks legal basis.

Furthermore, APGA highlighted that Njoku’s claim to the chairmanship stemmed from an alleged convention in Owerri in 2019, which the party denies ever took place. The party also pointed out that the tenure of the leadership in question expired in May 2023. A new leadership, under Barrister Sly Ezeokenwa, was elected in a subsequent convention.

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APGA accused INEC of acting under pressure and threats of contempt of court, leading to a hasty and erroneous decision. The party referenced previous judgments by the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, and the Court of Appeal, which affirmed Victor Ike Oye as the duly elected National Chairman during the contested period, thus further questioning the legitimacy of INEC’s stance.

Moreover, APGA noted that neither the current National Chairman, Barrister Sly Ezeokenwa, nor the party itself, was a party to the suit which led to the judgment INEC is purportedly enforcing. They also noted that even Edozie Njoku was not a party to this suit.

In response to INEC’s decision, APGA has instructed its legal team to challenge the ruling in court. “We wish to assure our party faithful and the general public to remain calm as we will surely soar through this latest obstacle,” Opara stated, expressing confidence in overcoming the challenge with the support of the judicial system.

APGA calls on INEC to reverse its decision in the interest of justice, emphasizing that the party should not suffer due to the greed and desperation of selfish politicians. “With God on our side, we will surely overcome,” Opara concluded.

APGA also highlighted that the correct interpretation of the Supreme Court’s corrected judgment has been laid to rest by a Federal High Court ruling in Abuja by Hon Justice James Omotosho, which confirmed that the Supreme Court never pronounced Njoku as National Chairman and recognized Victor Ike Oye as the legitimate chairman during the period in question. This ruling was further affirmed by the Court of Appeal.

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The party expressed concern that INEC ignored this clear judicial directive and earlier rulings to reach its decision. APGA urged INEC to act within the ambit of the law and not arbitrarily. The party emphasized its commitment to upholding the rule of law and assured its members and supporters that it would continue to fight for justice through the legal system.

APGA reassured its members that the party has moved beyond the leadership tussle between Victor Ike Oye and Edozie Njoku, which has since expired. The party remains focused on its progress and growth under the current leadership of Barrister Sly Ezeokenwa, whose chairmanship has not been nullified by any court of law.

As APGA prepares to challenge INEC’s decision, the party calls for calm and resilience among its members, reaffirming its dedication to overcoming this challenge and continuing its mission for a better Nigeria.

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