Oye kicks as Ag­baso takes over APGA sec­re­tar­iat

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

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.”

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