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Panic at Awka Govt House as Appeal Court adjourns key case to December

 Panic at Awka Govt House as Appeal Court adjourns key case to December

There is intense pan­ic and a feeling of enormous unease at the Awka Government House – following the out come of a case at the Ap­peal Court which Governor Willie Obiano had hoped to benefit from.
 
The Court of Appeal, sit­ting in Abuja, yesterday ad­journed till December 14, 2017, the appeal brought by Dr Victor Oye, the former National Chairman of the
 
 All Progressives Grand Al­liance (APGA).
Oye was removed last week by an Enugu High Court, in a suit he instituted against the decisions of the National Working Commit­tee of APGA which sacked him on 5th October 2016.
The Enugu High Court had in an unrelated matter (Suit No. E/192M/2017) on 22nd day of May, 2017 en­forced the decisions of the NWC which Dr. Oye tried to circumvent.
The court, presided over by Justice A. R. Ozoemena, had sacked the Victor Oye led NWC and had ordered INEC and the Inspector General of Police to recognize Chief Mar­tin Agbaso, a foundation chief­tain of the party, as the APGA new National Chairman.
The AUTHORITY reliably learnt from sources in Awka that Governor Obiano had hoped that with the Dr Oye-led APGA NWC, his position as the unopposed APGA can­didate at the November 18 gu­bernatorial election in the state was guaranteed.
However, with the long adjournment at the Appeal Court beyond and long af­ter the three-month deadline for nominations, which falls on August 18th, there is the general fear that the Agbaso-led APGA NWC would insist on providing a level-playing ground in the party by opening up the gubernatorial candida­cy of the party through a prop­er democratic nomination pro­cess to accommodate all other aspirants who had been alleg­edly side-lined by the Oye lead­ership.
Our correspondent was told by sources at the Gov­ernment House, Awka, that because of the obvious hos­tility exhibited to the new Ag­baso leadership, it is being feared that if the nomination is thrown open to accommo­date the many qualified aspir­ants in the state, Governor Obi­ano might come out the second best.
However, sources close to Chief Agbaso, the new APGA National Chairman, maintain that Chief Agbaso, who is said to be irrevocably committed to the maintenance of democratic ideals, is expected to act within the confines of the party’s con­stitution with keen eyes on pro­viding a level playing ground to all members of the party, big and small.
Speaking to The AU­THORITY in Abuja, the Me­dia and Public Affairs Advisor to the APGA National Chair­man, Chief Uche Ezechukwu, said that Ochudo Martin Ag­baso will ensure that transpar­ency, justice and democracy will be enthroned henceforth in the affairs of the party – to enable it accommodate every­body under the party’s canopy.
“By so doing, the party (APGA), which is seen and regarded as a mass movement, would continue to live up to its billing as belonging to all,” Chief Ezechukwu said.
All efforts to get the reac­tion of Dr Victor Oye’s camp remained abortive as at our press time.
 

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