Members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance ( APGA ) backing Chief Victor Oye as the National Chairman of the party have started celebrating the yet to be delivered judgement of the Supreme Court on the Leadership tussle within the party.
Our reporter was informed that members of the party in Anambra and Imo states are already jubilating in anticipation that the Supreme Court will affirm Chief Victor Oye as the authentic National Chairman in its judgement scheduled to be delivered on July 13.
The source said that Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano had addressed the parry members assuring them that victory was assured and that Chief Oye would be affirmed as the party National Chairman by the Apex Court.
The party has been enmeshed in litigation over who is the real national Chairman between Chief Victor Oye and Martin Agbaso since May 22, 2017, when an Enugu State High Court presided over by Justice Ozoemena, gave an order of mandamus, compelling the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to recognize Chief Martin Agbaso as APGA National Chairman.
This followed an application brought before it by the party’s Deputy Chairman in Enugu State, Mike Alioke, asking the Court for an order of mandamus, compelling INEC to recognise the decision of APGA appointing Agbaso as the acting national chairman of the party.
Alioke had also prayed the court for a declaration that by section 4 of the Police Act, both the Inspector General of Police and the Enugu State Commissioner of Police are bound to ensure the compliance of the decision of APGA regarding the appointment of Agbaso as the acting national chairman of the party in order to forestall a breakdown of law and order.
He had also prayed for an order prohibiting INEC and its privies from recognizing or accepting any other person as the national chairman of APGA other than the Agbaso as submitted to it by the party.
Chief Oye challenges the decision of the Enugu High Court at the appellate court court and the decision. was over turned by the Court of Appeal while Chief Agbaso challenges the judgement of the appeal court court.
The Supreme Court had reserved judgement on the matter for July 13, following the refusal of the presiding judge, Justice Rhode Vivour, to discontinue with the case as requested by counsels to the defendant, Victor Oye.
While the news, jubilation spread to Owerri, it was further gathered that the group met yesterday in Abuja to deliberate on measures that would be taken to ensure that the APGA leadership did not strip away from the Victor Oye and Obiano camp, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
All attempts to get the reaction of Chief Victor Oye and Chief Martin Agbaso, to the report proved abortive as both contending chairmen refused to pick their calls.
However a chieftain of the party, Chief Eneja Okeke, who spoke to our correspondent on phone maintained his strong belief in the integrity of the judiciary, adding that the Nigerian judiciary has come of age and cannot be bought over by any money bag.
Chief Okeke, who dismissed the report of jubilation, insisted that though it could be true that the governor may have out of desperation influenced the judgement, the Supreme Court has given him cause to believe their integrity and would not yield to the desperation of any interest in the case.
“There may certainly be desperate moves to get judgement from the back door, but I can tell you that the integrity of the judges are at stake here.
“I am sure that they cannot sacrifice such hard earned integrity. So, any person can close the streets in jubilation for a case which judgement is still several weeks away from now. That shows their desperation, but we are not bothered because the truth must prevail”.
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