Information available to 247ureports.com from sources in United Kingdom indicate that the All Progressive Grand Alliance [APGA] crisis has reached the shores of the United Kingdom. This is as a physical brawl broke-out at the Bannister House Community Hall located along Hommerton High Street opposite Hommerton Hospital in Hackney where the founding Chairman of the APGA, Chekwas Okorie was scheduled to meet with a select group of Nigerians on Wednesday November 2, 2011 at 7pm.
According to the information gathered, Chekwas Okorie had arrived at the Bannister House Community Hall at approximately minutes past 8pm for the scheduled meeting. Okorie is said to have come to the event to address the private audience of the ongoing crisis in APGA and the solutions.
However, followers of Victor Umeh faction of APGA had other plans. In their take, Chekwas Okorie’s continued struggle to for the seat of Chairman signifies betrayal particularly since they understand that Chekwas Okorie had offered the APGA gubernatorial ticket to Dr. Chris Ngige – during the period Mr. Peter Obi was deep in battle for his mandate at the tribunal.
To this end, members of the Victor Umeh group of APGA in the United Kingdom, prior to Chekwas Okorie’s arrival, had set up camp nearby the location in preps “to harrass and disorganize” Chekwas Okorie and his continued claim as Chairman of APGA. This effort was championed by the executive members of the newly formed UK Chapter of APGA that was launched by Chief Victor Umeh in late September 2011.
As Chief Okorie arrived, the Victor Umeh group throoped behind him into the Hall and were immediately seated. As Okorie rose to address the seated audience, like clockwork, the Victor Umeh group took to action.
They began with hauling of accusatory questions [at him] – of offering to sell the party to Dr. Chris Ngige – of which Chekwas Okorie was quoted as saying in response that he will give Ngige the APGA ticket when the Supreme Courts returns his mandate later in November 2011.
The group sustained their effort to deny Okorie the opportunity to address the audience. The event, as a result as turned into a ruckus as the two groups began exchange of words, that quickly resulted to a brawl of fists and flying chairs. Chekwas Okorie was attacked but did not sustain injuries.
The event was organized for Chekwas Okorie by Nnamdi Kanu. The organizer of the Victor Umeh group was Onyeka Mbaso.