APGA warns Umeh, Shinkafi to stop parading themselves as party leaders

Internal strife rocks APG.

The Maxi Okwu-led All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has warned Victor Umeh and Sani Shinkafi to stop parading themselves as the National Chairman and Secretary of the party.

Messrs Umeh and Shinkafi were sacked from their positions last month by an Enugu High Court, which said that their elections breached Section 18 of the party’s constitution.

They have, however, appealed the judgment.

A statement on Monday by Sagir Maidoya, interim National Secretary of the Okwu-led faction, which is also backed by Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, said the sacked duo had been relating with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in their former capacities.

The party specifically alleged that they had been sending spurious and tendentious petitions to the electoral body in the last couples of weeks, insisting that their actions were contemptuous of the court.

It recalled that Messrs Umeh and Shinkafi were sacked by an Enugu High Court presided over by the state Chief Judge, I.A. Umezulike, following a suit filed by one Okuli Jude Ejike against Mr. Umeh, and therefore should desist from acting on behalf of the party.

The party stated that “Umeh and his ally, however, in total contempt and disregard of the clear pronouncement of the court have engaged in this crass irresponsibility and total disregard for the rule of law.”

It added, “Our interim administration has made the 3 Rs – rapprochement, reconciliation and re-integration, the focal point to restore peace to the party. Unfortunately, Umeh and his ally have no intention of acceding to olive branch.”

The party also said that it had served a notice to the general public and particularly to Messrs Umeh and Shinkafi that it had instructed its solicitor to commence contempt proceedings against the duo “to send them to prison they rightly belong.”

Attempts by PREMUIM TIMES to reach Mr. Shinkafi failed as he did not pick calls made to his mobile telephone. He also failed to respond to a text message sent to him.

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