APGA cri­sis: Court dis­misses Umeh’s suit chal­leng­ing sack

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

A Federal High Court sit­ting in Abuja has struck out a mo­tion brought by the for­mer na­tional chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Grand Al­liance (APGA), Chief Vic­tor Umeh, seek­ing to stay the judge­ment that sacked him from of­fice.

The trial judge, Jus­tice Ab­dul Ka­farati, had on Jan­uary 15, 2014 sacked Umeh from of­fice and di­rected the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) to recog­nise Chief Maxi Okwu as the chair­man of the party.

The court fur­ther or­dered na­tional sec­re­tary of the party, Al­haji Sani Shinkafi, and other mem­bers of the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee, (NWC) elected along­side Umeh at a con­ven­tion held on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2011, in Awka Anam­bra State, to va­cate their re­spec­tive of­fices.

Jus­tice Ka­farati di­rected the elec­toral um­pire to hence­forth re­late with Okwu, Mr. Ibrahim Care­for, Chief Dick­son Ogu, Dr. Gbenga Afeni and Al­haji Abubakar Adamu as the duly elected na­tional of­fi­cers of APGA. They all emerged from a sep­a­rate con­ven­tion of the party that also held in Awka on April 8, 2013.

Shortly af­ter the judge­ment was de­liv­ered, Umeh, through his coun­sel ap­proached the Court of Ap­peal to chal­lenge the de­ci­sion of the court and at the same time filed a mo­tion for stay of the ex­e­cu­tion of judge­ment at the Federal High Court.

Af­ter coun­sel in the mat­ter ar­gued the stay, Jus­tice Ka­farati in his rul­ing re­fused the prayer seek­ing to stay the ear­lier judge­ment of the court which had sacked him from of­fice.

He said the court could not seat as an ap­pel­late court on its judge­ment.

Okwu had also in­sti­tuted a suit on Au­gust 19, 2013, against Umeh, Shinkafi and INEC, seek­ing an or­der di­rect­ing Umeh and Shinkafi to va­cate of­fice as na­tional chair­man and sec­re­tary of the party re­spec­tively, hav­ing be­ing first elected into of­fice on Jan­uary 10, 2003 and re-elected for a sec­ond ten­ure which ex­pired on Jan­uary 9, 2010.

Chief Vic­tor Umeh

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