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APGA Crisis: Four Expelled In Awka
The Awka North chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, loyal to Victor Umeh’s faction on Friday expelled four members of the party in the area.
The expulsion followed the adoption of the party’s disciplinary committee report at a stakeholders’ meeting in Achalla, the council headquarters.
Those expelled were Shadrack Anakwe, the factional state chairman, Emma Ajeke, Godson Amebo and John Nwokoye.
The meeting also ratified the suspension for six months of Ralph Enweluzo and Nicholas Ibe while the chairman of the party in the local government, Casmir Ilonwa, was relieved of his position.
The report signed by Chukwuma Okoye, a chieftain of the party, and announced by its leader in the area, Godson Ezenagu, said the action was premised on six ‘verifiable and indictable offences’ as contained in the APGA Constitution.
Some of the stakeholders in the meeting were the newly elected state chairman, Cosmas Okonkwo, his deputy, Ikechukwu Oforkansi, the acting chairman of the local government chapter of the party, Louis Unegbu and various ward leaders.
In his reaction to the development, Anakwe, who belongs to the Maxi Okwu faction of the party, said his expulsion was a nullity because those taking the action did not have the ‘locus standi’ to do so.
He said he remained the chairman of the party in the state and would not be disturbed by the action.
“The so-called Awka North chapter of APGA does not have the locus standi to do what they did. Members of their faction cannot sack me because there is a court order to that effect. It does not move me, it is a child’s play… I am the APGA chairman in Anambra based on the court order which confirmed Chief Maxi Okwu as APGA’s National Chairman,” he said.
The Awka North chapter of the party two weeks ago announced the suspension of the members and set up a disciplinary committee to investigate allegations of anti party activities against them.