The suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr. Victor Oye, on Thursday by the National Working Committee of the party, has factionalised the party with reports that the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, might review his membership of APGA. Oye was suspended by the APGA National Working Committee for what it called gross misconduct. A member of the NWC of the party who pleaded not to be named told PUNCH that the plea by Willie Obiano to stop Oye’s suspension fell on deaf ears.
According to the source, “The governor was calling us to stop the suspension, but nobody listened to him. Now what we are hearing is that the governor may join the APC to realize his re-election next year. If that happens, you know what that means to our party. Obiano is the only governor we have in APGA”. Meanwhile the Deputy National Secretary of the party, Jerry Obasi, said Oye’s suspension was necessary in order to save the party.
When PUNCH contacted the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Media, Mr. Emeka Ozumba, he said, “It’s an APGA thing. We don’t engage on speculation. The governor is busy trying to realise his stimulus package on recession for the people of the state. He signed several memoranda of understanding today. The issue you raised is not an issue the governor would like to react to. Try and get APGA reaction on the matter, and leave the governor out of it. It’s APGA thing.” Meanwhile, the APGA chairman in the state, Sir Nobert Obi, said he would not want to comment on the issue now.