Oye: Why I reject Supreme Court’s reinstatement of Njoku as APGA chairman
Despite last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling restoring Chief Edozie Njoku as the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the immediate past chairman, Ozonkpu Victor Oye, said the ruling has changed nothing.
However, expressing gratitude to God, Njoku stated that the Supreme Court has done excellently well by doing justice to the APGA saga, remarking that although “it had been long tortuous journey to equity, fairness and truth.” He promised to be magnanimous in victory as he would strive to do everything humanly possible to bring stability and peace to the party.
Oye, who addressed journalists at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, disclosed that the brief sitting by apex court justices was merely to correct a clerical error on page 13 of the original judgment delivered on October 14, 2022.
He pointed out that the apex court action was welcome to the extent that it sat to respond to Njoku’s application for his name to be inserted where Oye was stated, stressing that the development did not alter the meaning or intendment of the original judgment.
Oye stated: “There was no judgment by the Supreme Court today. There was no fresh judgment at all, they sat for less than 10 minutes to correct a clerical error on page 13 of the judgment delivered on October 14, 2021.
“At Jigawa Birnin Kudu, Edozie Njoku was purported to have been suspended and he knows that that judgment was set aside by Appeal Court Kano. I have never been suspended I remained the national chairman of APGA.
“The Supreme Court did not give a fresh judgment today because it affirmed the judgment of Kano Court of Appeal and refused joinder application by even Edozie Njoku, He was not a party in the case in Kano or at the Supreme Court that was decided on October 14, 2021. He is an impostor. Edozie Njoku does not exist, he is facing a criminal charge at the FCT High Court.”
While claiming that he remains the national chairman of APGA, Oye explained that the Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeal ruling in Kano, which rested on the judgment of the Federal High Court, regretting that Njoku is always looking for loopholes to ventilate his desperation.
Also, in a statement, the National Publicity Secretary of APGA, Tex Okechukwu, noted that the purported removal of Oye as APGA national chairman was another hoax.
“It must be stated at this juncture that the claim that the Supreme Court delivered any judgment today 24/3/2023 affecting the leadership of APGA is nothing short of a baseless and unfounded falsehood which must be roundly condemned and retracted by various media platforms that have shared the unfortunate news.
“It is evident that what transpired at the Supreme Court is clearly verifiable and will imminently be borne out by the certified true copy of the ruling of the Supreme Court delivered by His Lordship, Hon Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba.
“The application, which the Supreme Court heard on the 20th of February, 2023 and brought by Edozie Njoku was merely to correct a typographical error contained in the lead judgment delivered by His Lordship, Hon Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili (rtd) on the 14th of October, 2021,” Okechukwu declared.
The publicity secretary reassured party faithful and indeed the general public to disregard the usual machinations of Edozie Njoku as the Supreme Court never affirmed him as the National Chairman of APGA.”
It could be recalled that the Supreme Court, yesterday, re-affirmed Njoku as the APGA national chairman, by correcting an accidental slip contained in its original judgment of October 14, 2021.
Njoku’s purported illegal suspension was wrongfully affirmed by a Jigawa High Court in Suit No: JDU/022/2021 between Alhaji Garba Aliyu and Chief Jude Okeke & 2 Ors, even as Njoku’s name erroneously replaced with Victor Oye.
With Oye’s stance on the development at Supreme Court, it seems that until the Supreme Court issues a certified true copy and enrolment order, none of the two warring camps is ready to concede defeat.