Raymond Ozoji, Awka
A group under the auspices of Movement For Restoration Of Integrity in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has lambasted the national chairman of the party, Victor Ike Oye, the state chairman of the party in Anambra Mr. Norbert Obi and a host of others over what the group termed unconstitutional and illegal suspension of a chairmanship aspirant Owelle Onyeka Mbaso over anti-party activities.
The group comprising all members of APGA all over Nigeria had an emergency meeting on Tuesday in Awka where it resolved that the purported indefinite suspension jointly endorsed by the national chairman and state chairman were to all intents and purposes null and void as the said suspension was reached on a national public holiday being Easter Monday.
Chairman of the group who also eyes the chairmanship position in Anambra state Owelle Onyeka Mbaso described the decision of the national chairman as unpatriotic as well as a blatant display of lack of respect for president Muhammadu Buhari and the entire nation.
The group maintained that the purported notice of indefinite suspension placed on Owelle Onyeka Mbaso and circulated on social media platforms was a clear case of an infringement on his rights and privileges as bonafide member of APGA and founder of the United Kingdom chapter of APGA; that the suspension notice was an abuse of office by the said signatories to the purported notice.
They were also of the opinion that the signatories acted ultra vires which they saw as a show of ignorance of the provisions of the amended Constitution of the APGA, despite being officers of the party.
According to the group, “We the bonafide members of the Party do not support disobedience of a national order made by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria declaring 19th of April National Public holiday, to which the concerned persons converged, prepared and signed the purported notice of indefinite suspension of a bonafide party member.
“That Owelle Onyeka Mbaso has done nothing to warrant the Cyberharassment and online impersonation caused by the circulation of the purported notice of suspension.
“That immediate action should be taken to excommunicate the signatories and sponsors of the purported notice of indefinite suspension of Owelle Onyeka Mbaso from our great Party.
“We therefore charge the Board of Trustees of our great party to do the needful in this case and if not done, we shall act accordingly and appropriately as the constitution empowers us.”