A founding member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ijere Amadi has called on security agents to immediately sway into a action to arrest one Edozie Njoku, who has been responsible for the leadership crisis currently bedeviling the party.
A statement by Ijere Amadi, Thursday in Abakaliki, described Edozie Njoku as one of the hawks creating disaffection in the party.
According to him, a fresh crisis broke out in the party when Njoku on May 9, 2022 started parading a judgement which he purportedly reviewed to make himself as the national Chairman of the party.
“He said from the blues, on May 9 this year, Edozie Njoku started parading a judgment which he purported was reviewed by the Supreme Court. Investigation at the apex court showed that Edozie Njoku doctored the judgment to suit his egocentricity.
” I have been long in APGA to tell the story behind its rise to where it is today. I have been there right from its inception till date. I have seen it all and heard it all. There is nothing anybody can tell me again about the party. I knew the actors from the time of Chekwas Okorie as its first National Chairman to Victor Umeh and now to the incumbent and undisputable national chairman, Victor Ikechukwu Oye.
“From the blues, on May 9 this year, Edozie Njoku started parading a judgment which he purported was reviewed by the Supreme Court. Investigation at the apex court showed that Edozie Njoku doctored the judgment to suit his egocentricity. Contrary to the stories he is bandying about, the Supreme Court never reviewed any judgment or recognised him as national chairman of APGA.
“Let me ask Edozie Njoku some questions: Were the legal teams of all the parties in the suit a part of the so-called review? Was he a party to the suit that was dismissed by the Supreme Court on October 14, 2021? Did INEC monitor his so-called Convention which he claimed he held at Owerri on May 31, 2019?
“There was peace in the party until May 31, 2019 when APGA held its National Convention in Awka in which Oye was elected into office for a second term of four years. He was elected along with 30 other members of the National Working Committee(NWC) and 36 Board of Trustees (BoT) members.
“The convention went through due process and was successful, despite the plots by the hawks again to scuttle it through a plethora of suits filed outside of jurisdiction at Orerokpe and Kwale in Delta State.
“Neither Edozie Njoku nor Chekwas Okorie was present at the National Convention in Awka, because they were not members of APGA. To state it unequivocally, Chekwas Okorie was a member of APC at the time while Edozie Njoku was in political oblivion.
“What Edozie Njoku is doing is to resort to blackmail to whip up sentiments in order to arouse undue sympathy. But that is not working. From the above it is undisputable that Edozie Njoku and his cohorts are back to their usual game of subterfuge, blackmail and deceit.
“Though the matter is being investigated by the police, I think the police should not hesitate to arrest Edozie Njoku and his collaborators and charge them to court, where they should answer vital questions and prove their innocence, if any. Inside of me, I am burning with anger because this man has been allowed to serially cause confusion, deceive and extort people.
“Edozie Njoku has been calling unsuspecting persons to come to him and procure forms to participate in a non-existent primary. These persons have been chasing him all over the place to recover their money. And he has gone into hiding. Should this type of ignoble thing be allowed to happen in any decent society?
“I must not fail to commend INEC for standing up in defence of our democracy. INEC has shown that it is an unbiased umpire and has played the role of regulator efficiently. I wonder if anybody would just wake up one day and begin to lay claim to the Managing Director of a bank when he or she has no business with the bank.
“It is the Central Bank that knows who the managing directors of the banks it regulates are. It is the same thing with INEC. It is only INEC that can tell who the recognized chairmen of registered political parties in Nigeria are.
“The National Judicial Council should step into the matter immediately and deal decisively with all those involved in this questionable and condemnable act in order to save our judiciary and democracy from opprobrium”, he said.