Soludo not threatened by change in APGA leadership, says Okorie

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All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Founding President Dr. Chekwas Okorie has said that the change in APGA leadership at this time would not affect Chukwuma Soludo’s position as Governor of Anambra State.

Okorie, who is now leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government, noted that the recent Court of Appeals ruling and other judicial pronouncements from the country’s highest court affirm the provisions of sections 308 and 188 of the 1999 Constitution. amended.

Okorie, who was also the founding chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP) who was sacked by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), spoke to Newslodge about Thursday’s penultimate sentencing of Judge AR Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja. , which confirmed the Owerri convention that produced Edozie Njokue as APGA National President.

Judge Mohammed, had ruled on lawsuit No. FHC/BAU/CS/10/2020, between Chief Edozie Njoku, Hamman Ghide, Adamu and APGA (plaintiffs) against INEC and Dr. Victor Ike Oye (defendants), in which the plaintiffs sought a mandamus order that would force the INEC to recognize them as the authentic address of the APGA.

In dismissing the mandamus case, the court stated that only APGA, through its National Legal Counsel, Hamman Buba Ghide, who was duly elected alongside Njoku and others at the Owerri Convention on May 31, 2019, can apply for mandamus. on behalf of APGA.

“A member claiming a leadership position in a political party will always be considered an internal matter of a political party and therefore not justiciable,” the court stated.

Njoku, who addressed a press conference in Abuja, revealed that after the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, the Legal Adviser will approach the court as Judge Mohammed pointed out, even as he assured that the interest of APGA will prevail over all personal interests to rebuild the party.

Although the Oye faction says it would appeal the Abuja Federal High Court ruling, APGA faithful are concerned that the convention’s recognition of Owerri and the fact that the court noted that Njoku and his NWC received return certificates could jeopardize the election of Governor Soludo.

However, Okorie maintained that since Soludo was sworn in as governor, he can no longer be sued, arguing that the only way to remove the governor of Anambra State is through impeachment or incapacitation, as set out in Section 188 of the Constitution.

“As APGA resolves its internal dispute, the court’s ruling affirming the Owerri convention that produced Njoku and other NWC members has nothing to do with whether or not the Njoku faction fielded a rival gubernatorial candidate.” Okori declared.

Newslodge’s checks revealed that shortly after the Federal High Court ruling, many applicants began buying expression of interest and nomination forms for various elective posts from the Njoku faction.

The party’s administrative secretary under Njoku’s leadership, Benedict Okoro, said the party will adjust the schedule of its activities to accommodate more applicants to buy the forms before the INEC deadline.

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