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NIGERIA: Okwu Seeks to Block Obiano’s Swearing-in over APGA Crisis

The last may not have been heard about the tussle for power in Anambra State, as the factional National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Maxi Okwu has moved to stop the swearing- in of Chief Willie Obiano as governor of Anambra State.
 
Okwu who addressed Journalists yesterday in Abuja in company of leaders of his faction, said the consequence of the Abuja High Court judgement of January 15 which ruled in his favour on APGA’s leadership crisis was that their candidate, Dr. Chike Obidigbo should now be the one to take over from governor Obi.
 
He therefore asked the Chief Judge of Anambra State to take judicial notice of the judgement of the Abuja High Court Judge, Justice Addul Kafarati and refrain from  administering oath on Obiano on Monday.
 
He also demanded that INEC, being a creation of the law, must obey the law by recognising Obidigbo.
 
“The leadership question was resolved in our favour on January 15, 2014 in an incisive judgement by Justice Adul Kafarati. The consequence of this is that the duly nominated candidate at that election is Dr. Chike Obidigbo. We are doing everything possible to see that no one other than our candidate Dr. Chike Obidigbo is sworn in as the governor of Anambra State.  As a law abiding political party, due process and the rule of law will be followed to ensure that Obidigbo takes over as the Chief Executive of Anambra State,” he said.
 
On the suspension of APGA’s  delegates  from the national conference, Okwu said appropriate action was being taken to ensure that the authentic APGA delegates were allowed to participate in the exercise that will produce a people-oriented constitution.
 
“We are optimistic that government will reconsider its stand and allow our delegates to take their rightful place in the confab. It is the proper thing to do, ” he said.
 
Asked whether his group was not over reaching their limits by seeking to block the swearing in of the governor,  Okwu said had pleaded with Governor Peter Obi and  Umeh  to agree to settle the party’s crisis peacefully in order to end the lingering crisis to no avail.

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