Police Takeover APGA Office in Owerri

By KayCee August 15, 2014 06:41

Heavily-armed policemen took over the Imo State secretariat of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) yesterday as two factions  of the party engaged themselves in a free for all, using dangerous weapons.

The intra-party crisis resulted in a heavy traffic jam along the ever-busy Egbu Road, where the party secretariat is situated.

We reliably gathered that trouble started immediately the state interim Chairman of the party, Mr. Peter  Ezeobi drove into the premises with a  retinue of security details but was booed and jeered at by angry members for allegedly unilaterally sacking 14 local government chairmen of the party without  recourse to the State Working Committee (SWC).

The party loyalists, who were chanting solidarity songs,  displayed placards with inscriptions such as “Go, Ezeobi;  go, you are a fake APGA?” “Captain Iheanacho,  how much did you pay Umeh,” “We reject you,” “No wonder Captain Iheanacho asked his  Captain Iheanacho Campaign Organisation (CICO) not to join APGA,” “God  will judge APGA national leaders,” and “Kingsley is our local government chairman in Owerri municipal.” Mr Charles Oguchialu, a chieftain of the party and the chairman of Owerri West Local Government Area, who spoke to newsmen on the incident, stated that the interim State Chairman,  Ezeobi was a puppet of  a former minister.

“We are grieving for our party because our men and women who laboured to put the party on a solid foundation were purportedly and dramatically sent packing by a single individual who  is just new to the party.”

Oguchialu, whose views were corroborated  by his counterparts from Owerri municipal, Oru East, Nwangele local government areas,  argued that it was ironical that the party, which is professing and propagating democracy should be confronted with dissolution without  the knowledge of the  SWC. He insisted that the  protest was a way to convey their feelings to the party chairman.

He added that every local council area should be treated on its merit in consultation with the State Working Committee.

According to the party chieftain, a day before the controversial dissolution, a state executive council meeting, which involved all the local government party chairmen was held without any discussion on dissolution, only for Ezeobi to announce the controversial dissolution a day after.

Meanwhile, the Interim state chairman, who sat in his office while the fight lasted, declined to speak to newsmen, just as the  state Publicity Secretary, Chief Tony Mgbahuruike  also refused to state the position of the party on the matter.



By KayCee August 15, 2014 06:41