Opposition parties on Wednesday accused the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of fanning the divisions manifesting in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), leading to the suspension of its national chairman, Victor Umeh.
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) said the governing party was behind the crisis with the intention of overrunning the APGA’s south-east stronghold.
Aggrieved members of APGA accuse Mr. Umeh of illegally extending his stay in office beyond 2010. But the rift is seen to have begun after the party leader fell out of favour with the Anambra state governor, Peter Obi.
A court order, instituted by an aggrieved APGA member, Ichie Okuli Ejike, had restrained Mr. Umeh from continuing as party chairman until the matter was resolved.
An initial order was issued by the Chief Judge of Enugu state, I. A. Umezulike, and was to expire July 31.
While the wait was on, Mr. Umeh approached the court to vacate the order. Instead, the judge extended it till September when the courts resume from annual recess.
The CNPP said the court had breached its own rule which only allows seven days of extension for such an order.
In a statement in Abuja, the group’s chairman, and former governor of Kaduna state, Balarabe Musa, said the judge was acting the PDP script.
“It could be recalled that in an effort for the PDP to enthrone and consolidate one party state, the first casualty was the Alliance for Demcracy(AD), followed by the assault on the All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP), Peoples Progressive Alliance(PPA) and now the All Progressive Grand Alliance9(APGA),” Mr. Musa said.
He said the party’s campaign was enthroning a one-party state.
“The CNPP therefore wants to categorically wanr against any attempt to destabilize opposition political parties using the judiciary as cover,” he said.