The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has blamed the two governors of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Rochas Okorocha of Imo state and his counterpart, Mr. Peter Obi of Anambra State for the latest crisis in the party.
CNPP’s concern came just as the interim National Publicity Secretary of APGA Mr. Bernard Akoma, urged all the warring parties to accept the new leadership plan to move the party forward by conducting a new convention.
He said the issue on ground is how to obey the Enugu High Court judgment in order to move the party forward. The group said neither Obi nor Okorocha is the problem, adding Obi has invested a lot to keep the party afloat. “Court judgment is a legal document and the person who took the party to court is irrelevant. What is important is for the party to adhere to the judgment of the court that the convention it conducted in 2010 was not properly conducted and try to correct the abnormally through another convention, “it said.
However, while addressing journalists at the weekend in Abuja, a founding member of APGA from Enugu State, Chief Willy Ezugwu, said there had been disagreements amongst stakeholders of the party over the bid by Okorocha to drag the party into the merger bid of opposition parties in Nigeria. He also alleged that the sacking last Friday of the Chief Victor Umeh-led leadership of the party by an Enugu High Court was the handiwork of Obi.
Ezugwu accused the Enugu High Court of vested interest in the matter, saying the way and manner the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike, appropriated the case and sat over it left much to be desired of him. He said it was unfortunate that the power tussle in the party has risen to a point of ruthlessness which could lead to the disintegration of APGA if care was not taken.
“There is no where in any party’s constitution that the governor takes decision by himself without recourse to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), National Executive Committee (NEC) and leaders of the party.
“Obi has been doing this. He has created factions in APGA and is responsible for its infiltration and the leadership crisis currently rocking the party. I dare say he is doing this for the PDP and this is sad,” Ezugwu said. The CNPP scribe regretted that the current crisis is a huge betrayal on late APGA leader, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, adding that the late hero would be fuming with rage in his grave.