APGA: Victor Oye reacts to Edozie Njoku’s Supreme Court judgment

By Matthew Ogune

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Oye, on Friday, played down reports claiming that Nigeria’s Supreme Court has declared Chief Edozie Njoku as the authentic chairman of the party

Oye who gave this clarification while addressing a world press conference at the party’s headquarters in Abuja urged security agencies to arrest, investigate and prosecute Njoku for parading himself as the chairman of the party.

In a letter addressed to Njoku, dated November 7, 2022, the apex court noted that it corrected clerical errors contained in the judgment delivered on October 14, 2021, in which the name of Oye was recorded instead of Njoku, the current National Chairman.

In the letter, signed by Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili, which was copied to the current Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Kayode Ariwoola, and Justices, K. M. O. Kekere-Ekun, Mohammed Lawal Garba, Ibrahim Saulawa and Emmanuel Agim, the retired justice noted that the correction was necessitated by the slip of tongue and pen.

Contrary to the position of the apex court, Oye challenged Njoku to show the world the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) monitoring Committee report on the convention that ratified him as the national chairman of the party.

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His words: “Show us the INEC Monitoring Committee report about his so-called convention, Njoku “doesn’t have the report”.

He expressed confidence that the party would win the 2023 presidential election.

“APGA is not a local party. We are going to win the election in 2023. You will see it. I know you would be wondering how it’s going to happen. Don’t forget that it is God that makes kings. Whoever has the anointing to become president, God will make him president of Nigeria,” Oye said during an APGA World Press Conference in Abuja.

“No man can decide for God who will rule Nigeria. It’s only God that will decide it. Did anybody anticipate that Buhari was going to win in 2015? He won and won a second term. Today, he’s almost completing his tenure. Let Nigerians begin to appreciate the awesomeness of God.

“The God we serve is a living God. All my hope and trust is in Him. What God cannot do for me, let it be. God has taken me so far to where I am today. We have led the party with passion and love, and God has been propitious to our supplications. He will never abandon us in our hour of need.”

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In reaction to other political parties claiming to have as many as 15 million card-carrying members, Oye said it was impossible. According to him, APGA has 1.5 million registered members. The party is made up of honest people who “don’t bandy figures” he said.

“I can tell you that no political party in Nigeria has 15 million members. Show me the evidence. It’s not possible. By the way, I gave 1.5 million members. Did you know the admirers, the supporters of the party? That is how elections are won.

“Elections are not won by the membership of the party on records or registers. There are people who believe that, on that day, they will vote for this particular candidate, irrespective of affiliation.

“So, forget figures. I just gave you the correct figures of what is in our register. I would have told you we have 20 million followers, which others claim, but I won’t do that. We stand for the truth and it’s only the truth that can set you free.”

Source: Guardian

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