The All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA in Imo State is boiling again. For the umpteenth time, the party has been hit by internal strife, a major feature that rocked its chances in the general elections in the State.
APGA had gone into the Imo governorship election a divided house with bruised members who fumed over its controversial primaries that led to the exit of most of its political henchmen and governorship aspirants.It never overcame the devastating effect of that imbroglio as it failed to make an expected impact in the elections in the State.
Hope of repositioning the cock party for the role of a opposition in the next political dispensation seems to have dimmed with a ferocious onslaught launched against the State Chairman, Peter Ezeobi.
This is not the first time APGA in Imo State is embedded in chaos and turmoil. The latest is just one of those political comedies that usually take place in major political parties in the State.
A notice of suspension served on Ezeobi by members of the State Executives, all the Chairmen and Secretaries of the 27 local government areas of the party has set the ball rolling for fresh altercations in a party yet to recover from a not too impressive outing in the general elections.
APGA won three Assembly seats from Okigwe zone, the political enclave of its governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume making nonsense of political predictions. It did win a senatorial or House of Reps seat despite so much expectations before the polls
According to documents seen by this newspaper, the running of the party was vested with Pastor Alphonsus Eberendu, the State Secretary of the party who is to hold forte in the interim performing the duties of the State Chairman until the National Working Committee (NWC) constitute up a Caretaker Committee.
Reasons given for the suspension of party officials include leadership incompetence, lack of or poor financial records, misappropriation of party funds, high handedness, brazen impunity, and side-lining other executive officers.
Newspaper reports however quoted Ezeobi to have dismissed the sack threat on the grounds that those who orchestrated the move were suspended since last year and have not been coming to the party in the last seven to eight months.
The latest crisis indeed opens a new twist in a party with so public goodwill but plagued by so much political strife and intrigues.