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Confusion in Anambra as crisis in APGA threatens to derail Governor Obiano’s re-election bid

Confusion in Anambra as crisis in APGA threatens to derail Governor Obiano’s re-election bid

Crisis in APGA as Governor Obiano's second-term bid hangs

- The report said Governor Willie Obiano reportedly travelled to Abuja in a bid to convince INEC to recognise his faction of APGA

- Obiano's aides however reportedly denied this saying he was in the city for something else

- Currently, APGA is said to be suffering at least 10 legal actions from within its fold

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The chance of Governor Willie Obiano returning for a second term through the forthcoming election in Anambra may be scuttled as a result of internal crisis in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Premium Times reports that the ruling party in the state is now factionalised ahead of the November 18 election in the state.

The report based its decision on many months of leadership crisis and several lawsuits within the party across the country adding that these could see the governor disqualified by the country’s electoral empire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It was learnt that Obiano was recently in Abuja to reportedly convince INEC to recognise his faction in the state so that he could run for the election.

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The report however quoted aides to the governor as saying he was only in Abuja to procure the primary nomination form for APGA.

The report noted that APGA is currently battling with at least 10 separate lawsuits.

“The first order was procured by the Martin Agbaso-led faction at the Enugu Division of Enugu state High Court on May 22.

“The presiding judge, AR Ozoemena, affirmed Mr Agbaso as the chairman of the party in an order of mandamus and ordered Victor Oye, who leads the governor’s faction, to stop parading himself as chairman.

“But on July 3, an Anambra state High Court in Awka gave a counter ruling by declaring Mr Oye as the authentic chairman of the party.

“Another pronouncement in favour of the governor’s faction came two weeks later on July 18, when another Anambra state High Court in Nnewi reaffirmed Mr Oye’s status as the real chairman of APGA.

“The presiding judge, Chukwudi Okaa, said Mr. Agbaso and all those connected to him should desist from making claims to the leadership of the party.

“But key amongst the orders was the affirmation of Mr Agbaso’s May 22 order of mandamus by the Appeal Court in Enugu last month,” the report said.

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It noted that the order asked INEC, the police and other departments of government to stop dealing with Mr Oye.

The party noted that the crisis within the party started with its decision to suspend Oye, who was chairman. He was suspended with some other members for alleged insubordination, anti-party activities and other infractions on the party’s constitution.

We earlier reported that the retrieval of several voters cards, national identity cards and Anambra state identity cards from foreigners in the state, had been announced by the Comptroller of Immigration, Anambra state command, Ekpedeme King.

According to reports, this development comes ahead of the November 18 gubernatorial elections scheduled to hold in the state.

It was disclosed by the immigration boss as he addressed officers of the command and leaders of various associations of ECOWAS nationals in the state on Thursday, August 10.

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