APGA crisis deepens as NWC expels leaders
The leadership crisis rocking the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) took a twist yesterday with the expulsion of some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
The expelled members included the factional chairman, Ozo Nwabueze Okafor, National Woman Leader, Ezinne Nneamaka, National Youth Leader, Chucks Nwoga, Deputy National Financial Secretary, Okechukwu Nkoloagu and Deputy National Secretary, Jerry Obasi.
Also expelled were the Deputy Organising Secretary, Campbell Nzekwe and Terry Obasi.
They were accused of gross indiscipline that brought the party’s name into disrepute. Their actions were alleged to have contravened some sections of the party’s Constitution, particularly Articles 22(1)(2) and 20(4).
The party’s National publicity Secretary, Ivy Obiokoye, confirmed the expulsion when he addressed journalists shortly after the NWC’s meeting in Awka.
However, Okafor described the expulsion as “a big joke that amounted to nothing.”
He said he was the only person who could convoke a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) or NWC, since the National Chairman, Victor Oye, had been suspended.
Okafor dismissed the meeting held at Awka as illegal, adding that the party’s NEC meetings were usually held at party’s national secretariat in Wuse, Abuja.
He disclosed that the controversy over the authentic leadership of the party was still a subject of litigation.
Obiokoye, however, explained that the leaders’ expulsion was sequel to the adoption of the final report of the disciplinary committee set up by the party.