Chief Maxi Okwu, who recently emerged National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), on Saturday faulted INEC’s recognition of Chief Victor Umeh as the new Chairman of APGA..
Okwu said in Lagos that the Independent National Electoral Commission’s recognition of Umeh was unacceptable to the party.
Okwu had emerged chairman of APGA at the party’s national convention held in Awka, Anambra, on April 8.
However, the Court of Appeal, sitting in Enugu on April 7, restored Umeh as the National Chairman of the party after he was previously restrained from parading himself in that capacity by an Enugu High Court on Feb. 10.
INEC on May 9, intervened in the crisis, recognising Umeh as chairman of the party.
In a letter signed by its Secretary, Mr Abdullahi Kaugama, INEC said it had taken notice of the Court of Appeal’s ruling and that it would continue to relate with Umeh as APGA chairman.
Reacting to INEC’s pronouncement, Okwu said:“APGA will not accept the commission’s posture for so many reasons.
“We will work assiduously to see that this position is reversed as soon as possible.’’
He said that a statement would be issued on the matter by the party after its National Working Committee (NWC) meeting scheduled for Abuja on May 13.
“It may be useful to mention that in the present NWC, 21 of them served in Victor Umeh’s 26- member NWC,’’ Okwu added.