The Jude Okeke’s faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has suspended former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Anambra governorship aspirant, Chukwuma Soludo, for anti-party activities.
The party resolved to suspend Soludo and three other members on the grounds of anti party activities, administration of oath on party officials, bribery of party officials, sabotage, promotion of division etc.
The announcement was made in a press statement by the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Ikechukwu Chukwunyere. It says that the decision was made on Tuesday at a meeting of the National Working Committee.
At the meeting, ward delegates were elected for the forthcoming primaries to be held on July 1.
“The Party is ready for the July 1 primary election and the winner will lead APGA to victory at the November 6th, 2021 Governorship election,” the statement said.
This action comes after some controversy over the delegates list, where INEC released a statement saying the APGA failed to comply with its provisions, in light of the forthcoming elections in Anambra State.
The electoral body said that the party did not duly notify it of the plan to hold ward congresses ahead of the governorship poll within the 21 days recommended by its regulations and Section 85 of the Electoral Act.
“Accordingly, the Commission is unable to confirm if the ad hoc Delegates list submitted by your party is the outcome of a democratic process as required by Section 87(7) of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended),” the electoral body said.
However, the party has announced that the “National Executive Committee of our Party has just finished meeting and has ratified the delegates list for onward submission to INEC in line with the INEC Guidelines.”
Anambra is the only state controlled by the party in the country and failure of the party to manage the emergence of its flag bearer could see it lose it over eight years hold on power fritter away.
Soludo is said to be the preferred candidate of Governor Willie Obiano and the Victor Oye led National Working Committee that is reportedly recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Oye’s faction of APGA, had last week described Jude Okeke, who had earlier announced his suspension as an impostor.
Its national publicity secretary, Tex Okechukwu said Okeke and others who made the announcement were not officers of the party.
Okechukwu’s statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to an unfortunate incident where some people gathered under the guise of NEC of All Progressives Alliance (APGA) to purportedly announce the suspension of our revered national chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Ike Oye and some select national officers of the party.
“We wish to state without any equivocation 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.
“There was never a time our national chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Oye convened a NEC meeting of the party or any other meeting of the party for that matter.
“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 write, no such meeting had been convened.
“The Supreme Court had made it expressly clear that only the national convention of a political party could remove the national chairman of a registered political party.
” The so-called NEC meeting was a political hatchet job to create undue tension in the party and misdirect our teeming members. But it was dead on arrival.
“The leadership of the party under Ozonkpu Victor Oye is intact and working assiduously to deliver on its governorship primary in Anambra State scheduled for June 23, 2021.”