Sunday Onukwubiri, the secretary of the All Progressive Grand Alliance’s Abia state chapter (APGA), addressed the party’s 2019 candidate for governorship, Alex Otti, over supposed despair to hijack the party’s state structures.
On Monday, Onukwubiri spoke arguing that the suspension stands slammed on Otti by APGA’s Abia management.
He said, “Dr. Alex Otti has been suspended from the party, and has no dealing with any chieftain of APGA. Attaching APGA to Alex is a misplaced norm because he was suspended on the 15th day of July, 2019. Only the National leadership of the party under Ozonkpu Victor Ike Oye can absolve him of that action of the state leadership.
“The party filed application to withdraw herself from Alex Otti’s petition and the tribunal refused us the application on the ground of filing late, we are not relenting on our disassociation from the processes, the courts are there for anybody to approach and get justice, it is only a client that has the right to withdraw from whatever matter he is involved, much more, a petition the party was not consulted and has no hands in it.
“Anything outside the Ehiemere led leadership of APGA in Abia State remains a big joke and can never thrive in the clothes of the party”.
The Abia state chapter of the APGA has for long been enmeshed in irreconcilable squabble over who to control the structures of the party.
During the hearing of Dr. Otti’s petition, the Augustine Ehiemere-led faction of APGA in Abia approached the court wishing to withdraw its petition lodged in the case between Dr. Alex Otti and Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Standard Bearer (PDP) at the last election.
The court dismissed the APGA request to withdraw from the case.