By Kenneth Atavti
Chief Edozie Njoku has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to recognize him as the authentic National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in line with a recent Supreme Court order.
In a letter dated July 18, and jointly signed by Njoku and Muhyideen Imam, National Secretary of the party, Njoku urged INEC to obey the unanimous decision of the five Supreme Court judges in the ruling which was dated July 15 with Suit No SC.CV/687/2021.
“I write to seek for the Commission’s recognition as the authentic National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),” Njoku wrote.
He recalled that the lead judgment of the Supreme Court which was delivered by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, reads; “It needs to be stated at this point that the dispute being who should be the Acting National Chairman of the 1st Respondent APGA and whether the Chairman, Chief Edozie Njoku was validly replaced within the confines of the Internal affair of the 1st Respondent which is not justiciable”.
The four other judges alongside Justice Odili were- Justice Lawal Garba Mohammed, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Saulawa, Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, and Justice Motonmori Olatokunbo Kekere-Ekun who is curreently the Chairman of the Supreme Court Panel, sequel to the retirement of Justice Odili.
Njoku added that Chief Victor Oye, the current APGA Chairman, did not take part in the Owerri Convention, where he emerged as the National Chairman of APGA.
“The Supreme Court was unanimous to state that the National Chairman of APGA purported to have been suspended by Chief Jude Okeke was my humble self,” he noted.
In a similar development, Chief Njoku also wrote to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, requesting for 15 policemen to enforce the said court order, evict the Oye-led team, and take over the party’s headquarters In Abuja.
In the letter dated July 18, he further urged the IGP to caution Oye, while he also dismissed the sponsored report of Barr. Sylvester Ezeokenwa, spokesperson for the Oye group, that had alleged that the court order secured by his team was fake.