Monday, 27 May 2013

NGF crisis: Amaechi’s camp may go to court •Why he can’t seek second term - Gov Obi

  • Written by  Taiwo Adisa, Jacob Segun Olatunji, Bolaji Ogundele and Isaac Shobayo
  • Monday, 27 May 2013 00:20
  • INDICATIONS emerged on Sunday night that state governors in support of Governor Rotimi Amaechi as Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) chairman may be heading for the court to stop Governor Jonah Jang from parading himself as the chairman of the forum.

    A source close to the group told the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja, on Sunday night that the step was one of the several options already mapped out to resolve the crisis rocking the forum.

    He said the group had started assembling legal luminaries to study the unfolding development and take necessary legal actions.

    Findings also revealed that the group had secured the video clip of the election, to the point of declaration of the final results, in which Governor Amaechi scored 19 votes to beat Governor Jang, who had 16 votes.

    “I can tell you on a good authority that Governor Amaechi’s group will be heading to court anytime from now, to put end to this rubbish. They are bad losers. Were they sleeping when the election was being conducted? They were part of the entire process,” the source added.

    As of press time, the group loyal to Governor Jang were said to be strategising after visits to the vice president, Alhaji Namadi Sambo; national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, among others.

    However, both Jang and Amaechi continued to lay claims to victory of the chairmanship of the forum, on Sunday.

    Jang attributed his emergence as the chairman of the forum to the will of God and linked the crisis to the antics of governors strategising for 2015 presidential election.

    The Plateau State governor, at an interdenominational service to mark May 29th Democracy Day at Faithway Chapel, Jos, said he never planned to be chairman of the forum, but was called upon to lead by his colleagues.

    “Prior to Friday’s election, I was never interested or at any point muted the idea to contest for the chairman of the forum. But when I woke up that morning, I prayed concerning the election that the will of God be done. I never bid for it and the position of the chairman was zone to the North. Whatever man planned, God always have his way. God has ordained that Plateau will have this position,” he said.

    Governor Jang, who tried to explain how he became a contender for the position, said it was after the two contestants, Governors Ibrahim Sherma and Isa Yuguda, withdrew their interest that the northern governors unanimously conceded the position to him.

    He implored  Nigerians not to be disappointed with the outcome of the election, adding that the forum would, once again, become strong and virile.

    Speaking to newsmen on arrival from Abuja, the governor promised to do his best to reposition the forum and implored Governor Amaechi to cooperate with him in the task ahead.

    “I had worked with Governor Amaechi in the past successfully.  As far as I am concerned, I have been given an assignment and by the grace of God, I will do my best to unite the forum and to make sure that it gives the right leadership to the people of Nigeria. We have worked with Governor Amaechi successfully and he should also work with us,” he said.

    But, at another interdenominational church service at Corpus Christi Cathedral in Port Harcourt, to mark this year’s Children’s Day celebration, Amaechi said he contested and won the NGF election held on Friday.

    According to him, “let me say to you, I am the chairman of NGF. That we are not talking is because we have decided not to talk. They voted, we voted and we won. If they had won, I would have congratulated them,” he said.

    Anambra State governor, Mr Peter Obi, however, said the constiution of NGF has no provision for re-election.

    Governor Obi, on Sunday, said the NGF had earlier adopted the constitution of Governors’ Forum of the United States of America, which had no provision for re-election of the chairman after a two-year term in office.

    The governor stated that the amended constitution of the NGF, which Governor Amaechi relied upon to run in the controversial election, was doctored, adding that the amendment was never ratified.

    He said Amaechi’s re-election would not stand, because he was not elected by consensus.

    “Four out of the five governors in the South-East say Governor Jang is their choice; five out of the six governors in the South-South recognised Jang as their chairman; in the North, it is the same thing, so what are we talking about?

    “This is a body of equal partners, a voluntary group and there has never been a time we had election. It had always been by consensus.  They doctored the constitution which was never even ratified,” he said.

    Governor Obi also spoke about the process leading to his emergence as vice chairman of the forum in 2009.

    “First, let me say that in the history of our forum, we have never had chairmanship election. In Ilorin, we were about seven governors, later on, Oshiomhole came by the time Amaechi was selected.

    “Let me tell you what happened, we just arrived there and they said that we need to have a new leadership. Everybody was like, it was going to be me, because I was the deputy, based on the constitution.

    “The then governor of Bayelsa, (Timipre) Sylva said Amaechi, then the PDP governors said Amaechi. Nothing else, nobody said raise your hand. It was just like that. It has always been through consensus, when we agree, we agree. Initially, what worked against me was that they argued that I’m a non-PDP governor. In fact, I  have letters, documents to back what I am saying,” he said.

    He added that “let me tell you the background so that you will understand very well. When we were having a little bit of problem with (Bukola) Saraki and governors wanted to remove him, we decided that we must formalise everything concerning the forum.

    “That is the American constitution and that was what we adopted.  Based on this, on the day we agreed to this, I was elected the vice chairman under Saraki. That was in 2009. It was by consensus, the governors said let Peter Obi be the vice chairman. That was how I became the vice chairman.”

    Obi said the re-election of a sitting chairman of the forum had no place in the body’s constitution, adding that a chairman could only serve for a single, non-renewable term.

    Shedding light on the crisis which had engulfed the forum and which had seen to its factionalisation with Governors Amaechi and Jang leading different groups, Obi said the constitution of the American Governors’ Forum,  which the NGF modelled after,  prescribed only a single two-year term for a sitting chairman with no proviso for re-election.

    He claimed that Amaechi’s re-election would not stand because he was not the consensus choice of the body.

    When asked whether the constitution was amended at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), he said: “Let me tell you, all those things were not approved by anybody. They doctored it. I am one man who attends every meeting, I can’t remember ever sitting down and adopting the constitution you are talking about.”

    On what happened on Friday at the Rivers Lodge, he said: “As far as I am concerned, in Kwara, a particular governor said they should not conduct election  in  Kwara because we do not have quorum. He was told that quorum is 12. And even in this constitution they are quoting now, our quorum remains 12. If quorum is 12 and 12 don’t want you, that means you should even not contest.

    Meanwhile, the Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called for reconciliation in the aftermath of the recently concluded NGF election, in order not to lose sight of the peer review for development, which motivated the forum’s emergence in the first place.

    Speaking to airport correspondents at the weekend, on his return from Abuja where the election was held, Governor Ahmed called on his colleague governors to shun divisive political tendencies and bury the hatchet, while focusing on using the NGF as a platform for driving impactive development for the benefit of the people.

    “If there are issues as regards the election of the forum’s chairman, we should use the same platform to resolve them rather than fanning the embers of discord in the media. Our choking security challenges should not be compounded with political conundrum,” the governor said.

Why Governor Obi will never Respond to Victor Umeh- aide

Why Governor Obi will never Respond to Victor Umeh- aide

 The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Peter Obi, Mr. Valentine Obienyem  has described as a piece of blackmail, the statement credited to Chief Victor Umeh accusing his boss of trying to destroy the judiciary.

Obienyem who spoke with newsmen at the outing service by the family of Prof. Chinua Achebe at St. Philip's Anglican Church, Ogidi yesterday resisted all attempts by journalists to speak directly to his boss on the reason that only an idle mind would have time to respond to what he called  "lies, unguarded uttrances and distortions coming from the mouth of  Chief Victor Umeh." in his words: " Gentlemen, in Nigeria today, Chief Victor Umeh's name has become a byword for garrulity. Since he has no job and depends on political hatchet job for survival for which we know who is calling the  tunes he plays  today, we understand that people like him thrive in confusion and that explains what he does today."

Obienyem wondered why whenever chief Umeh   has case in court,  he tries to blackmail the judiciary for reasons only  himself knows. "Much as we are not disturbed by his penchant for blackmail, he should desist from bringing Gov. Peter Obi into that to make his rantings attract the attention they do not deserve, much as one does not know what will happen in court today, but while has it become a culture for Umeh to commend the judiciary whenever judgement or ruling favoured him; condemn her with blackmail when against him; and frighten them through blackmail when judgement or ruling is pending," Obienyem said.

On the contentious subject matter, the accusation of his boss of trying to pervert justice,  Obienyem said he was aware of the meeting at which they decided to put the falsehood in the papers to frighten the judge.  His words: "As a matter of fact, I received text message yesterday from somebody who told me of efforts to get the blackmail published in newspapers at heavy monetary consideration and how many editors turned it down as infantile typical of Umeh."

Contending  that Gov. Obi is busy repairing Anambra beyond compare, Obienyem  said he did not have enough  time to attend to numerous state and national matters he was saddled with to have time  for the likes of Umeh and would  not reply to his rantings for all the teas in China.

"Is it because of politics that somebody like Victor, who was only but a Personal Assistant/driver to Chief Okonkwor (Ofiadulu), should  speak disrespectfully about everybody, including his Governor?  His case has become that of a child uttering forbidden words against the elder under the guise of wisdom", Obienyem submitted.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Factional chairman, Okwu, rejects INEC’s verdict on APGA leadership crisis

Party leadership holds convenes emergency meeting on Monday.
Maxi Okwu, who was elected the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, last month, has rejected the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s recognition of Victor Umeh as the substantive national chairman of the party.
This is contained in a statement he personally signed on Friday.
The Commission had, in a letter dated May 8 and signed by its Secretary, Abdullahi Kaugama, said it will relate with Mr. Umeh as the national chairman of the party based on the stay of one of the reliefs of the Enugu State High Court of February 8 by the Court of Appeal.
Mr. Umeh had been removed from the position by the Enugu High Court, prompting some senior members of the party, including Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, to name Mr. Okwu as its acting national chairman.
A national convention of the party held in Awka, the capital of Anambra State and monitored by INEC on April 8, elected Mr. Okwu as a substantive national chairman even though Mr. Umeh appealed the judgement that sacked him.
However, INEC based its latest action on a relief granted by the Enugu State High Court presided over by Innocent Umezulike, the state Chief Judge, but which Mr. Okwu denounced.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by letter dated 8th May 2013, and signed by its Secretary Alhaji A. Kaugama says that based on the stay of one of the reliefs of the Enugu state High Court judgment of 8th February 2013 by the Court of Appeal, it shall relate with Victor Umeh as National Chairman of APGA,” Mr. Okwu said.
“We do not accept the Commissions’ posture for so many reasons. We will therefore work assiduously to see that this position is reversed as soon as possible.”
The embattled APGA boss said that the NWC will give a detailed response on INEC’s action after its meeting on Monday. He also said that 21 out of the 26 NWC members Mr. Umeh headed belong to his own NWC.
According to him, “It may be useful to mention that in this NWC, twenty one of then served in Victor Umeh’s twenty-six member NWC.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Okorocha dumps APGA, formally joins APC

rochas_okorocha_3The nation’s political landscape was redefined, yesterday, after Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State defected from the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, to the yet unregistered All Progressive Congress, APC.
The defection during a public rally at the Heroes Square, Owerri was witnessed by eight governors from opposition political parties.
Okorocha indicated that as many as 12 governors possibly from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had given indication to boost the ranks of the opposition governors to 23 from 11.
The move was immediately flayed by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. According to Imo State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Blyden Amajirionwu, this was another indication of Governor Okorocha’s determination to hang on to power in any shape.
National chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh shied away from commenting on the matter as he didn’t respond to a text message sent to him on the issue.
Okorocha’s defection was witnessed by governors from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Edo, Osun, Nasarawa and Borno states.
Flanked by his wife, Nkechi and the visiting governors, an elated Okorocha explained that the merger of some political parties was being engineered by those he called “a crop of seasoned, patriotic politicians who want to rescue the nation from the quagmire inflicted on it by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.”
Okorocha gave assurance that Ndigbo have embraced APC because of what he termed their sad experience in the hands of the PDP at the federal and state levels, pointing out that the party has been consigned to the dustbin of history in Imo State.
He advised Imo people to sustain their spirit of democracy and good governance through the rejection of the PDP and all that the party stands for in all future electoral exercises.
“I must commend all the governors that have chosen to come under the APC umbrella, especially as this is a sure way of ending bad administration in this God blessed country”, Okorocha said.
Lamenting the fate of the country in the last 12 years under different PDP federal administrations, Okorocha who derided the party as “people deceiving people”, said: “this ugly trend has pauperized Nigerians through poverty of vision and project implementation. Never again will Nigeria represent a nation in bondage.”
In his speech, Governor Babatunde Fashola, SAN, of Lagos State, commended Okorocha for his spirit of patriotism in joining the APC family, adding that the coalition marked the beginning of a veritable change for positive transformation and reformation in the country.
Fashola, Ajimobi laud Okorocha
Fashola said: “We in APC are committed to a change for the betterment of our dear nation and our people. The coming of APC is neither borne out of selfishness nor greed but a positive step to liberate our people from a state of hopelessness”.
Adding an element of humour into the event, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, announced that Okorocha had been conferred with the title of “Girigi of Oyo State”.
Ajimobi said: “Those who have accepted to join and identify with APC would enjoy everlasting divine blessing, while those still procrastinating on when and how to do so, would have their blessings deferred”.
He commended Governor Okorocha for “his landmark achievements that have ultimately brought smiles on the faces of Imo people,” stressing that Imo people should continue to support him.
Meanwhile, the state capital, Owerri virtually stood still yesterday as schools, markets and a good number of business centres were closed for most of the day on account of the defection.
Responding to the defection, the PDP spokesman, Chief Amajirionwu said:
“What he did is one of those unserious things that are always associated with him.
“In the history of Nigeria, the South East was never known to play opposition politics. What is counted today as APC is a Yoruba party and if you come to the political history of this country we in the South East have always played along the national tendency, not playing along sectional issues. I want to assure you that in Imo State not even a ward, not to talk of a local government would go the way of APC.
“Rochas is on his own and that is his nature which we have been saying to everybody. Rochas is not dependable, look at the party that sponsored him, look at how he has dumped and disgraced APGA. APGA is not even backing him on what he is doing and this is APGA that sponsored him to where he is now. And that is a lesson for those now with him because he would also one day dump them and move on.”

Ngige declares governorship ambition in Anambra

Former governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, yesterday, declared his intention to run for the 2014 governorship election in the state.
Senator Ngige made the declaration in Awka on the occasion of Rainbow Coalition stakeholders’ meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), and Democratic People’s Party (DPP).
Speaking on the occasion, convener of the meeting and coordinator of Rainbow Coalition, Chief Ben Oranusi, explained that after due investigations and understanding of the personalities aspiring for the 2014 gubernatorial election, they found that Ngige was the person good enough and better experienced to take up the task of piloting the affairs of Anambra State.
Oranusi said: “We are urging him to come and contest this election and continue from where he stopped. We have been holding this meeting for months now and now is the time to call him up and say ‘go for us and become our governor again.’”
Former lawmaker in the House of representatives for Anambra East and West Federal Constituency Chief Ralph Okeke, later moved a motion for Senator Ngige to contest 2014 gubernatorial election.
The motion was seconded by Ezike Nwosu, an APGA member from Ezinifite Aguata in Anambra South and supported by Chidi Abasilim of Idemili South and Paul Obianaso who do not belong to any political party.
Speaking on the occasion, Ngige said: “While I was there as governor, I worked with about N80 billion as total budget and executed about N69 billion and if we go by this data and figure, you will discover that the four budget which I prosecuted I had about N150 billion, including the Internally Generated Revenue.
“Yet we delivered services and built roads and lifted the embargo on employments and promotion which the then governor placed while in office.
“But when you compare my administration with that of the incumbent, Governor Peter Obi, you will see the difference.
“He had received N1.2 trillion in total as allocation from Federal Account and about N800 billion as local government allocation which makes it up to roughly N2 trillion in the last seven years, yet we have nothing to show for it.
“I wish to ask, what do we have in Anambra State in terms of infrastructure to show for the N2 trillion received by the governor?
“Even if you allow for inflation by doubling the N150 billion to N300 billion, does the situation in Anambra State justify the huge resources that has come into the state since then?”

Large number of Nigerian citizens in various prisons in South Africa

Posted on May 7 2013 - 5:33pm
President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed shock over the number of Nigerian citizens in various prisons in South Africa, reports the News Agency of , NAN.
Jonathan told the Nigerian community in South Africa on Monday in Cape Town, South Africa that the high number of Nigerians in South African prisons did not speak well about Nigeria.
“I was told that more than 250,000 Nigerians are living in South Africa and that more than 400 are in prison serving various jail terms.
“This is a bad example of what Nigerians in the Diaspora should be; there are some countries like Malawi and Uganda that no Nigerian is in prison.
“Most Nigerians are doing very well abroad in various professional callings.
“There are Nigerians living in South Africa making good name for us but a few of you are doing things in different ways.
“There is need for these few Nigerians be good ambassadors of Nigeria so that people will not see Nigeria and Nigerians as corrupt and criminal-minded people and nation,” Jonathan said.
He said that issue of , security and crime were important to him and his administration.
“From my experience as deputy governor up till the time I was elected as the vice president I know those who talk more about corruption are the most corrupt.
“Peoples’ perception about corruption in Nigeria was over amplified than the corruption that happens in the .
“The perception index is very high, we are not saying there’s no corruption in the country, all of us must work hard to fight corruption,” Jonathan said.
He said that the problem of insecurity in some parts of the country was being addressed by government.
“The issue of insecurity, threat to peace and stability in some parts of the country is being addressed; threat to peace and stability in the country must be stopped,” Jonathan said.
The president said he was totally committed to what was right for the country at all times.
“I promise Nigerians that issue of power will be solved as soon as the privatisation of power sector is completed.
“Power is key to the transformation agenda of this government; in no distant future the type of transformation in the telecommunication sector will be experienced in the power sector.
“We as government are doing everything to build a Nigeria of our dreams. Our airports are being renovated and modernisation and expansion of our railway transport system is ongoing.
“All what we request from all Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora is support and understanding.”
Jonathan assured that insecurity and molestation of Nigerians by various South African authorities would be discussed with President Jacob Zuma during the state visit.
The President of the Nigeria Union in South Africa (NUSA), Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, commended the president for conducting what was considered the most credible election in the history of Nigeria.
“It will never be out of fashion to say congratulations to you for the election of 2011 that brought you to office.
“We congratulate you not because you won but because you Nigerians all over the world proud by staging what has been dubbed as the freest and fairest election.”
Anyene said the action changed the tide in the way politicians came to power in Nigeria.
“We salute the courage and wisdom with which administration is dealing with the delicate and monstrous security challenges we are faced with at the moment in our country.”
He urged the president to continue to explore every avenue to achieve peace in Nigeria.
“We must achieve a Nigeria that is safe and secure, where all ethnic groups can live peacefully side by side with one another.
“Peace and unity is a necessary pre-condition for the development of any country.”
He said that insecurity was preventing Nigeria from becoming a destination for foreign direct investment.
Anyene said the visit of the president to South Africa would help to strengthen the relationship between the countries and their peoples.
He said, however, that Nigeria and South Africa should find a better way of translating government-to-government talk into person-to-person relationship between the citizens of the two countries and organs of state.
“Nigeria still receive inhuman, disrespectful and degrading treatment that suggest negative social profiling in this country within the South Africa Police Service as well other government departments, especially the Home Affairs,” Anyene said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jonathan will attend the World Economic Forum on Africa on Wednesday, before leaving South Africa on Thursday for Namibia.

Monday, 6 May 2013

The APGA war

The partitioning of APGA
Not long after its inception, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) got into a crises that is threatening to end its existence. Already, the party is divided into two factions, one led by Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and the other led by the party’s embattled Chairman, Victor Umeh. CHINELO OBOGO writes.
Okorie vs Umeh
APGA has experienced various crises since its inception in June 25, 2002, resulting in a prolonged court battle between the founder, Chekwas Okorie and the incumbent embattled National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh. The litany of court cases started when the party, supported by Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State expelled Okorie on grounds of financial misappropriation and anti party activities. Okorie went to court to challenge his expulsion and for many years, the country witnessed one of the fiercest and prolonged court battles in the history of political parties in Nigeria. From the High Court to the Court of Appeal, to the Supreme Court, the case dragged on until the Supreme Court declared Umeh the authentic chairman of the party and maintained that Okorie remained expelled. That battle came to an end when Okorie handed over the documents of the registration of the party to Umeh.
The crises continues
When political observers thought peace had returned to APGA which is presently controlling two states in the South east, the party started experiencing a fresh round of crises. This time it is between Governor Obi and Umeh. Initially, there were indications that all was not well with the duo. But when asked by newsmen, they kept insisting that all was well and in fact, that the relationship between both of them was rosy.
Things however came to a head when Umeh started complaining about the refusal of the governor to conduct local government elections. According to him, “The wrong thing I did was to tell the governor to conduct Local Government elections so that our party people would be empowered at the grassroots. I fell out with him in March 2010 shortly after he was sworn in and he sent people to tell me that he wanted to put caretaker committees in the local governments. I said no, that it was a breach of an agreement between me and him and Ojukwu. That if we campaign for him and he wins the election,  he will conduct local government election immediately so that APGA people will get involved in governance so that the party will settle down at the grassroots. As soon as he won that election, he wanted to change it, I disagreed with him. We had that problem for two months until Ojukwu resolved it and he agreed there will be local government election.”
Besides the issue of the Local Government elections, Umeh also complained that the governor was not releasing sufficient funds for the smooth running of the party and said that because of that, a lot of party members were not empowered. But the Special Adviser on Parks and Markets, Sylvester Nwobu-Alor refuted this. He told Daily Sun that the governor cannot conduct local government elections because  the case brought up by the local government chairmen against the state government is still pending in court. On the issue of the non funding of the party, Nwobu-Alor said it was unfair for Umeh to accuse the governor of not funding the party as the governor gives the party N20 million every month to ensure the party activities are run smoothly.
At this point, it became obvious that the party was no longer cohesive and Umeh who used to have a rosy relationship with Governor Obi, found a new ally in Okorocha of Imo State. He was seen at every function organized by the government of Imo State and did not spare any moment in singing Okorocha’s praises. Thus, with Umeh and Okorocha on one side, and Governor Obi on the other, the tussle for the control of the party became even more intense.  After the passing away of the party leader, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, his widow, Bianca Ojukwu pitched her tent with Obi and did not spare any moment in telling Umeh to submit to the authority of Obi. During a stakeholders meeting of party members at the late Ojukwu’s Enugu residence, Bianca was reported to have told Umeh not to scatter the party or else he would be made ‘a general without an army.”
Okorocha’s angle
No sooner than Umeh and Okorocha became buddies that things started falling apart. Okorocha, to the consternation of other party members, publicly declared support for the merger of opposition political parties which would emerge as the All Progressives Congress (APC). Already, there are speculations that he may soon be expelled from the party for anti party activities. In his reaction, Nwobu-Alor  who is also an uncle to Obi told Daily Sun that Governor Okorocha can leave if he wants, and maintained that his departure would not affect the fortunes of the party.
The party on its own declared its stance in a statement, signed by Former Minister for Health and member of the party’s Board of Trustees, Dr Tim Menakaya. He said, “The party’s attention had been drawn to a press conference by a group of Governors, including Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State after meeting in Lagos endorsing a ‘merger of some opposition parties in Nigeria’ While we are not against the establishment of a mega opposition party, we believe that the issue of merger of political parties is a very serious matter that needs adequate consultations before a Governor participates and makes public statement. We wish to state after due consultations with most party members, including Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and other party stakeholders, that the party wish to state that we were never invited, consulted or informed about any political parties merger.”
As the crises in the party further deepened, Umeh’s faction appointed the late Ojukwu’s son, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu jnr as a member of the Board of Trustees. Ojukwu later told newsmen that the cause of the crises in the party was because Governor Obi wanted to impose a candidate on the party.  This revelation further laid credence to the speculations that Umeh was in support of Ifeanyi Ubah, the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Oil who has publicly declared his intention to run for the governorship election in Anambra State, while Obi is rumored to favour someone else. This conflict of interest, according to insiders is the underlying reason Umeh and Obi have been engaged in a battle to control the party and by extension, the South east.
The crises came to a crescendo when the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu ousted Umeh as the National Chairman . The party, led by Obi went ahead and conducted a convention where Maxi Okwu was elected Chairman. However, Umeh filed a suit asking for a stay of execution at the Court of Appeal which was granted. This victory may give Umeh a further grip of the party with the support of people like Senator Annie Okonkwo, Ifeanyi Uba and a few other state chairmen in the South East.
But Obi seems to have a stronger hold in the party as those who support him include Ambassador Frank Nchita Ogbuewu, the 2011 APGA Governorship Candidate in Ebonyi State, Former Minister of Culture and Tourism and 2011 APGA Governorship Candidate in Abia State,  Chief Reagam Ufomba  and  2011 APGA Governorship Candidate in Enugu State,  Obiora Obiegue. The support of these people further strengthens Obi’s grip of the party since according to APGA”s constitution, the governorship candidate and governor in each state should be regarded as the leader of the party in the state.
Other APGA political office holders  who are on his side are Senator Chris Anyanwu, representing Imo Central, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Eddie Mbadiwe- APGA Leader, House of Representatives (Imo State),  Chris Azubogu , Emeke Nwogbo and  Victor Ogene, members of the House of Representatives, Chief Chris Uche, Deputy National Chairman, South-east, Odi Nwosu, Nigerian Ambassador to Burundi, Prof. Dora Akunyili , 2011 APGA Senatorial Candidate, Anambra State, and Former Minister of Information and Communications,  Menakaya and Chuma Nzeribe, Former House of Representatives member.
With the saying that ‘when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers’, political observers are pessimistic about the survival of the party as many believe that the squabbles may affect the party’s fortunes.