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Obiano Wades Into APGA Crisis, Denies Plan To Defect To APC

Posted: Oct 9, 2016 at 3:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


EJIKEME OMENAZU – LAGOS – Indications emerged on Saturday that frantic efforts are being made by the national leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to resolve the recent crisis that engulfed the top stakeholders.

Authoritative sources told Independent that Governor Willie Obiano, the party’s only state governor and Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), has summoned a meeting of all the leaders on Tuesday at Awka, the Anambra State capital.

It is expected that all the aggrieved parties within the APGA top echelon will be in the meeting to state their grievances, while the BoT and the National Working Committee (NWC), will work hard to resolve all the issues leading to the crisis.

It would be recalled that reports had it midweek that the APGA NWC relieved the National Chairman, Chief Victor Oye, of his appointment, while another report speculated the purported defection of Gov Obiano to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

But, a statement issued by James Eze, the governor’s Senior Special Assistant (Media) made available to Independent on Saturday stated there is no iota of truth in the report over the plan of his principal to defect to APC or any other party, descrbing it as the handiwork of a “clique of internally displaced politicians.”

The statement, titled, ‘Obiano has no Intention of Leaving APGA’, urged the party’s members, supporters and the general public to disregard the report, describing it as “totally false and does not have the slightest semblance of truth.

It added: “Governor Obiano remains a committed member of APGA whose loyalty to the party is unalloyed and whose passion for the growth and development of the party is beyond equivocation. It is strange how a clique of internally displaced politicians has continued to circulate spurious and misleading information on a non-existent and sensational figment of their fevered imagination in order to sow confusion among the populace.

“Despite the repeated rebuttal of this false report in the past, these vendors of untruth have continued to plant misleading information in the media about a false defection of Governor Obiano to one party today and another party tomorrow.

“Nevertheless, we are not unaware that a major motive for the planting of these lies is to distract the governor from focusing on his job and consequently derail the steady and assured March of Anambra State to prosperity.

“So, we shall continue to rebut their malignant lies and save the populace from their corrosive influence. As the Leader and Chairman of BoT of APGA, Governor Obiano is fully aware of the weight and significance of his responsibility and will never waiver in his commitment to the party.”

It advised those it termed as mischief makers and authoritative speculators to desist from further efforts to create the impression that Governor Obiano has jumped political ship, as it only creates doubts and credibility issues for such publications who are obviously diminished in the sight of discerning readers who would always recall that the report was misleading.

“We also advise APGA faithful, Ndi Anambra and the general public to be mindful of any reports alleging that Governor Obiano has either decamped or is planning to decamp as it is nothing better than a false piece of irritating propaganda that should be ignored by responsible citizens.”

Also, another statement issued by Dr. Mic Adams, the party’s BoT member, condemned the purported removal of Chief Oye, saying those who made such pronouncement were not in a position to do so, as that was not the stand of the majority of the party leadership.

Describing the action as laughable, and embarrassing, the statement urged all the stakeholders to rally round Chief Oye in his efforts to rebuild the party with the able support of Gov. Obiano and other leaders.

However, discreet enquiries indicated that those who wanted to remove the APGA boss, allege that he had been running the party as a one-man show and had not been able to resolve some crisis at some of the state branches of the party.

They also claimed that Chief Oye was caught between his loyalty to the former National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, and his relationship with Gov Obiano, the party’s BoT chairman.