Two weeks to end of Confab, APGA delegates take seats

National Conference in plenary

The conference chairman introduced APGA delegates, Umeh and Shinkafi, during plenary session Tuesday.

With about two weeks to the end of the ongoing National Conference, the two representatives of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, took their seats at the Confab on Monday.

The party representatives are the National Chairman, Victor Umeh and the National Secretary, Sani Shinkafi.

APGA was one of the five political parties invited to the Conference, which began on March 17 and ends July 17.

The other parties are the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Accord Party, AP, Labour Party, LP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC. Only APC declined to send representatives to the Conference.

Messrs. Umeh and Shinkafi were introduced just before the 492-member Conference rounded off its plenary session.

The Federal Government had initially appointed Chris Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and Sagir Maidoya, both members of the Maxi Okwu faction.

But barely four days to the inauguration of the Confab, the duo was withdrawn.

In the programme of events used for the inauguration of the Conference, the space provided for APGA was merely marked “The party is to resolve the issue of its nominees.”

They new delegates took their seats following the victory of their own faction of the party at the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal about two weeks ago.

The Court set aside a the decision of a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Abubakar Abdul-Kafarati which last January dissolved the APGA national executive led by Mr. Umeh and recognized the one led by Maxi Okwu.

Wole Olanipekun, Counsel to Mr. Umeh had filed an appeal on several grounds. In the ruling, the Court of Appeal said Mr. Okwu had no locus standi to institute the suit since he had been expelled from the party.

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