APGA suspends South East chairman
The All Progressives Grand Alliance has suspended its National Vice Chairman, Ozo Okafor, over alleged anti-party activities.
In a communiqué released in Awka, Anambra State on Thursday, after an emergency meeting of its South East Working Committee, the party said Okafor’s activities were considered and found to be against its interest.
It said that the anti-party activities contravened Articles 21(1) (g) (k) (i) (n) and 22(1) (C) (d) (e) (h) and (h) of APGA’s Constitution as amended.
The communiqué said: “Sequel to the self-induced crisis currently instigated by some members of NWC of APGA and spearheaded by National Vice Chairman South-East, Ozo Okafor, we resolve as follows:
“That Ozo Okafor is suspended as a result of glaring anti-party activities, which he has been engaged in and in total breach of Articles 21(1)(g)(k)(i) (n) and 22(1)(C)(d)(e)(h) and (h) of APGA Constitution as amended.
“That we the South-East Working Committee appoint Chief Smart Iheoma as the Acting National Vice Chairman, in addition to his position as Assistant National Publicity Secretary, pending outcome of report of our disciplinary committee.”
The party expressed confidence in Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra as the leader of the party and Dr Victor Oye as its National Chairman for their commitment to the advancement of the party.
The communiqué was signed by eight members out of the nine members of the NWC in the zone.
The signatories are Ocheze Ubani, Woman Leader; Eugene Obi, Financial Secretary; John Iwuala, Organising Secretary; and Henry Uzom, Youth Leader.
Others are Alex Ani, Treasurer; Francisca Ogadi, Ex-Officio; Jones Salem, Ex-Officio; and Chief Smart Iheoma.
Reacting to his suspension, Okafor told the NAN that the decision was void and not binding on him, saying that he was not aware of the meeting.
He said the Zonal Working Committee lacked the power to suspend him and that he remained a member of the National Working Committee of the party.
Okafor said: “I am not disturbed because they do not have power to sack me.
“I belong to the National Working Committee of APGA; so, it has no bearing on me.”