Oye kicks as Agbaso takes over APGA secretariat
The National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Martin Agbaso assumed duty yesterday at the national secretariat of the party, in Abuja, following an Appeal Court judgement.
The appellate court affirmed an Order of Mandamus to both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police to recognize and deal with Agbaso as the authentic national chairman of the party.
Backed by many police officers, Agbaso in company of other members of his National working Committee (NWC) had to break the main gate to gain entrance of the secretariat and later inspected the premises and offices.
The Court of Appeal in Enugu had on July 10 affirmed an earlier order from a High Court on May 22.
Addressing reporters at his office, Agbaso said it was a great moment APGA, and assured that he would immediately begin the processes of reconciliation with all aggrieved members of the party.
He also said he would lead a team of party member to meet with the leader of the party and governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano.
“Today, we have taken possession of the leadership of our great party. Today, the Nigeria Police Force, as a responsible organ of government, has demonstrated that it will always to comply with the rule of law and to ensure that democracy takes its rightful hold in the country.
“With our taking over of APGA today (yesterday), the real battle to retain Anambra State has just begun. We are set for work; I extend out hands of fellowship to all aggrieved persons in our party, including the former national chairman, Dr Victor Ike Oye, to come together so that we forge a common front, so that we can we the Anambra governorship election,” he said.
When contacted, Chief Oye told Daily Trust that it was disappointing that the police was part of what he described as “impunity and brigandage.”