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Oye dismisses APGA leadership change rumour

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…Says party yet to receive appeals from disqualified aspirants

ALL Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has dismissed move by some persons it described as political buccaneers, to remove the national leadership.

  Speaking on his purported removal yesterday, APGA National Chairman, Victor Ike Oye, said those peddling the rumour were not members or leaders of the   party.

  “They are misfits. They don’t exist. They are impostors and political buccaneers. They are nothing but criminals. They should be arrested and dealt with in accordance with the law,” he said.

  A statement issued yesterday by National Publicity Secretary of APGA, Tex Okechukwu, on behalf of the APGA National Chairman, Oye, said the party did not convene its NEC meeting or any other meeting of the party yesterday.

  According to him, anyone or group that held any meeting yesterday purporting same for the party was doing on his or their own volition.

 “Our attention has been drawn to an unfortunate incident that happened today (yesterday) on AIT live broadcast where a band of political buccaneers and misfits gathered under the guise of NEC of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to purportedly announce the suspension of our revered National Chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Ike Oye, and some national officers of the party.

We wish to state without any equivocation as follows: ‘That the so-called Jude Okeke and his cohorts are not officers or financial members of our great party, and therefore, did not have any powers to speak on behalf of the party. That there was never a time our national chairman, Oye, convened a NEC meeting of the party or any other meeting of the party for that matter.

That in accordance with Article 13 of the constitution of APGA 2019, only the national chairman of the party could convene meetings of NWC, NEC and national convention. As we wrote, no such meeting had been convened,” the statement said.

  Similarly, Oye said the party had not received appeals from aspirants who were disqualified from the screening exercise.

  Speaking in an exclusive interview yesterday, he said that the screening process had been concluded and as he spoke, no appeal had officially come to his table.

   Therefore, the party chairman explained that sending WhatsApp messages to his phone does not in any way amount to official submission of appeals, adding that everything was clearly and explicitly stated in the constitution of the party.

  “The screening has been concluded and the reasons why some aspirants were disqualified were clearly stated. The screening committee has given their verdict and when somebody is disqualified, he has the right to appeal. That is the law.

I have not seen any appeal. There is no appeal on my table as we speak now. They send me WhatsApp messages. Is WhatsApp the right channel ? The constitution says you must do your appeal or petition in writing and submit to the national office and not to people’s WhatsApp,” Oye said.

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