Justice Ozoemena of Enugu High Court 3 has declared Chief Martin Agbaso as the authentic national chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
The Court also gave a restraining order to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC from recognizing any other person except Chief Agbaso as the party’s national chairman. It also compelled the Nigeria Police Force to comply with the decision of the court.
But in a dramatic twist, APGA’s National publicity secretary in a statement disassociated the party from the judgement.
A statement seen by this newspaper and signed by SGD. Hon.(sir) Ifeatu Obiokoye on behalf of the party reads
“On behalf of the national chairman of APGA, Dr. Victor Oye and members of the National Working Committee of APGA , we hereby dissociate our great party from a kangaroo judgment purportedly obtained this morning at the High Court Enugu State against the leadership of the party directing INEC to recognise one chief Martin Agbaso as the national chairman of APGA ,as we had no knowledge of the pendency of any such suit, more so , as no court processes concerning the said suit were ever served on us .
“We, wish to recall the same group of persons who clandestinely obtained this court ruling at the High Court of Enugu State had been expelled from the party in December 2016. Hence, they commenced an action at the High Court of the FCT Abuja against the leader leader ship of the party led by Dr. Victor Oye . That suit is now pending at the Court of Appeal Abuja Division following a stay of proceedings by the High Court of FCT until the determination of the appeal.
“Meanwhile , the said appeal has been fixed for hearing on the 1st of June 2017.
“In the circumstances we wish to inform members of the party that the purported judgment obtained this morning at the High Court of Enugu State by the same group of expelled members , was obtained through fraudulent concealment, deceit to court and criminal misrepresentation of material facts .
“We therefore advise members to ignore these unbridled acts of provocation as the leadership of the party is untop of the situation
SGD. Hon.(sir) Ifeatu Obiokoye
National Publicity Secretary