Victor-Umeh

The emerging new leadership of the embattled All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) may consider sanctions on some of its leading erring members, including the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha and Senator Annie Okonkwo.

The duo are the vocal representatives of the party that led other members to the merger talks that resulted in the formation of a new political group called Progressives Congress (APC), which is the fusion of four existing political parties in the country

Reacting to the merger which came almost at the same time the verdict of an Enugu High that invalidated and sacked the APGA national executive led by Chief Victor Umeh, a key stakeholder of the party in Anambra and the chairman of Peter Obi Campaign Organization, Chief Sylvester Nwobualor, he said the party will challenge the APC if registered.

According to Nwobualor, “the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has already turned down their request for registration, except they drop the name of APGA”.

He said that the issue of the on-going merger moves was not worth discussing at all because it’s an effort that was bound to fail. That all the participating political parties must surrender their former certificates, after ratification of the new move by their parties through a convention. He therefore wondered whether the participants know the details.

Nwobualor who was the immediate Special Assistant to Gov Peter Obi on Parks /Markets admitted that Gov Okorocha and Senator Okonkwo are free to associate with any group, but not on the guise of representing APGA, especially when they were not so mandated.

He frowned at the failure of Okorocha to have failed to discuss or liaise with Obi on the issue before embarking on the far reaching journey.

On the choice of Obi’s replacement, Nwobualor noted that both Obi and APGA have chosen to allow Anambra North Senatorial zone decide, except when they fail to present a credible marketable candidate.

The political think-tank of APGA told journalists that the verdict of the Enugu High court on the leadership of Umeh was a vindication of his initial stand on the issue since 2010 when his tenure expired. He also welcomed his readiness to go on appeal, but counseled him not to bother because it would be an uphill task to controvert the truth.