The crisis rocking the APC in Imo may not be settled anytime soon as leaders of the party have persistently refused to bury hatchets.
The recent press statement credited to one of the Leaders of the party In the state Ugwumba Uche Nwosu where he appealed with Governor Uzodinma to accept the Federal High court judgment which reinstated the suspended 2018 Chairmen and councilors elected under the regime of former Governor Okorocha appears to have opened a cankerworm in the party.
In a press release signed by the factional State Acting Publicity secretary, Okenze Paul and made available to Newsmen, he called on Uche Nwosu to stay away from further discussion on the APC issues pointing out that he and Dan Nwafor, the factional State Chairman of the APC in Imo are yet to return to the APC after dumping the party to AA in the 2019 elections.
Okenze while describing the Imo APC as one indivisible party with Nlemigbo as the l
Party chairman revealed the readiness of the party to receive Nwosu and Nwafor to the party anytime they return enjoined the party members to ignore what he described as the antics of Uche Nwosu.
Uche Nwosu had last Friday enjoined the Imo State Governor, sen Hope Uzodinma not to appeal against the judgment of the Federal High court which reinstated the suspended 2018 ALGON.
The reported statement by Nwosu however was greeted with varying reactions.
While some condemned the statement by Nwosu on the grounds that he accompanied his father in law Rochas Okorocha to sack and frustrate the 2011 ALGON, others were of the view that his advice should be heeded to.
Following the judgment of the Federal High Court, Owerri Division delivered by Hon Justice Tijani Regime on Wednesday 1st July 2020 which purports to sack the IMC in the 27 LGA in Imo State and reinstate the Rochas’ Chairmen. The Imo State APC wishes to put the records straight and state as follows:
That the party has mandated its legal team to critically study the said judgment and advice the party accordingly.
That preliminary analysis by APC legal team shows that the learned judge erred in law in making the declaration and orders. Hence the lawyers have given notice of appeal which serves as a stay of execution. It’s expected that at the Court of Appeal, the matter and facts in issue shall be properly streamlined.
That everybody should remain calm as the IMC of all the 27 LGA should go on with their duties.
That the party has noticed that a lot of sentiments are being raised by individuals who deliberately try to distort information and misdirect the people. In this regard, Imo State APC ably led by Prince Marcellinus Nlemigbo Esq, states that it has not issued any statement before now congratulating anybody; insists that such messages were issued by impersonators and imposters who are not members of APC. Neither Ugwumba Uche Nwosu nor Daniel Nwafor has returned to APC after their misadventure in AA. They are expected to officially apply to and return to APC if they are interested, and they are most welcome.
Imo APC notes that the Rochas’ LGA Chairmen and councilors were suspended by the 9th Assembly of Imo House of Assembly during the interim government of PDP/Emeka Ihedioha. It requires the lifting of their suspension by the Imo State House of Assembly to reinstate them and not the Federal High Court. The Federal High Court can not interfere with or stop the legislature from performing its constitutional functions.
Furthermore, it is wrong and completely false to state that the suspended Council officials were sacked or disbanded by Governor Hope Uzodinma. Hope Uzodinma didn’t meet these set of LGA officials when the government was inaugurated on 15th of January 2020 and one wonders how Governor Hope could have dissolved them in June 2919. That shows the fatality of their action.
Needless to remind the set of Rochas’ LGA officials that the former Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha dissolved a dully elected LGA Executive and councilors elected by his predecessor in office, His Excellency Governor Ikedi Ohakim in 2015. The 2011 set of LGA officials should be the right people to benefit from any judgment whatsoever as theirs is first in time.
Imo APC urges the IMC in the 27 LGAs to continue to perform their legitimate functions and avoid being distracted.