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Despite Supreme Court Ruling, APGA Crisis Continues As Oye, Njoku Clash




The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Victor Oye, has dismissed claims that the Supreme Court has reaffirmed Edozie Njoku as the authentic chairman of the party.

Recall that the apex court had reportedly re-affirmed Chief Edozie Njoku as the authentic National Chairman of the APGA on Friday in a judgment on an application by Njoku.

Njoku had sought the regularization of the amended judgment of Justice Mary Peter Odili, delivered on May 9, 2022.

This is following a letter from the Supreme Court to him on January 19, 2023, wherein it had addressed him as the National Chairman of APGA and advised him to approach the Court by way of a motion to correct the slip.

The accidental slip, which the Supreme Court corrected, has restored Njoku as the actual National Chairman of APGA, who was wrongfully removed by a Jigawa High Court in Suit No: JDU/022/2021 between Alhaji Garba Aliyu and Chief Jude Okeke & 2 Ors.

But addressing journalists, Oye, who the Independent National Electoral Commission recognizes as APGA National Chairman, described Njoku as a man unknown to APGA, stressing that there was no judgment by the Supreme Court on Friday, contrary to reports in the media.

He said, “The attention of our great party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, has been drawn to a malicious and vile propaganda making the rounds on various news platforms on the purported removal of the National Chairman of APGA, Victor Oye. The publication, which has since gone viral, claimed that the Supreme Court of Nigeria delivered a judgment earlier today being, Friday, March 25, 2023, wherein the apex court allegedly affirmed one Edozie Njoku as the National Chairman of APGA.

“While our great party has got used to the series of lies and falsehood churned out at intervals by Edozie Njoku on his infantile claim to the coveted seat of the National Chairman of APGA, what is, however, worrisome is the alarming speed with which otherwise reputable media platforms couriered the fake news and fed same to unsuspecting members of the public.

“It is the above stated unfortunate turn of events that has rendered it absolutely expedient that we, as a responsible and responsive political party, set the records straight on the effect and purport of the ruling delivered by the apex Court today.”

But speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Njoku disagreed with Oye, saying the Supreme Court recognizes him as the party’s national chairman.

He said, “The Supreme Court said that Oye’s name should be deleted as the national chairman of the party.

“When Oye took me to the FCT Court, APGA had a counter-claim against Oye, telling him he wasn’t the national chairman, he then withdrew from that court and say he is settling with me. Notwithstanding, the Supreme Court has spoken that I am the National Chairman.”

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Naija News reports that both Oye and Njoku who appeared on the TV programme openly clashed and disagreed, with both claiming to be the authentic chairman of the party.