The battle was reminiscent of the biblical David Vs. Golliath epic, the tortuous Elijah Vs. The prophets of Baal spiritual warfare which pitched the National Chairman of APGA, Ochoudo Martin Agbaso and the party APGA on one hand against the behemoth forces mustered by the former national chairman, Victor Ike Oye and Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State with their shining arrays of learned Silks on the other hand. It was to be a battle that breaks all legal records in Nigeria in terms of the duration of the legal fireworks (lasting a massive 8 hours) and firmly resolving the intractable APGA crisis once and for all.
Three main issues came up for the court’s determination:
1. Victor Oye’s and the Police Stay of Execution of the judgement of the Enugu high court pending the determination of the appeal.
2. Oye’s application for Injunction restraining the National Chairman of APGA Martin Agbaso from parading himself as national chairman of APGA and,
3. Oye’s application for joinder as a necessary party to the suit before the appellate court.
After a marathon 8 hours of fierce legal fireworks, the Justices of the Court of Appeal flatly refused Oye’s, Police and INEC prayers and by necessary implications affirmed Agbaso in a “Carry go manner” the national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and in a consolatory gesture allowed Oye to be joined as a necessary party.
OYE’S MIDNIGHT BEDWETTING.
It was indeed a sad day for Victor Oye and his camp who had before the court’s pronouncements besieged the court’s canteen and emptied all the liquor and available intoxicants anticipatory of victory.
Oye was dazed and transfixed in the courtroom well after the proceedings of the day had ended afraid of confronting the jubilant Agbaso crowd celebrating outside the court premises.
But like the Nazis, a different spin had to be sought for a disastrous defeat and Hitler’s shameful death turned into a faery escape to Argentina.
Conversely, Oye’s disgraceful outing was turn into a victory and the mere grant of a joinder superimposed over the tacit endorsement of Agbaso as the National Chairman of APGA by the court. Such is the desperate mindset of a drowning man.
ENTER THE DESPERADOS AND THE MECHANICAL TWIST OF THE PDP SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT.
Those who set out to find justifications for their failures must invariably find some and the proverbial drowning man clinging to straw found application in Oye and his group as they sought to turn the unrelated PDP Supreme Court judgment delivered two days after their bashing at the Court of Appeal into an interpretation of the APGA decisions in Enugu.
One does not have to look far to find judicial precedence to untangle the APGA imbroglio and making a resort to a PDP judicial pronouncements when APGA has her own Supreme Court locus classicus is vain. The peddlers of this misguided legal interpretation should look no further than the Supreme Court decisions in CHIEF CHEKWAS OKORIE VS. VICTOR UMEH ORS. which falls on all four with the present case.
Article 20(3b) of the APGA Constitution which Oye and Co are parading finds no application in the instant case. Even Oye is aware of this fact and was the reason he and Governor Obiano went to great lengths to manipulate and frustrate the case instituted by the former Acting National chairman, Ozo Nwabueze Okafor of which they boasted was in their strategic interest. If it were to be otherwise, why didn’t Oye and Obiano allow the suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja to proceed unfettered?
It is instructive to note that the operative Article of the APGA Constitution application in the instant case as well as in Chief Chekwas Okorie (supra) is Article 20(4) which provides thus:
-Any officer of the party who is indicted for any offense bothering on gross misconduct likely to bring the image of the party to ridicule and disrepute shall be expelled from the party.
Is Victor Oye above the party? Is he not an officer of the party?
The questions every reasonable and discerning person should ask are;
Did Victor Oye, then national chairman call and presided over a meeting on 5th October, 2016.
Was a quorum formed in the said meeting.
Was a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE moved and adopted against Victor Oye, a vote voted for by no less a person than Barrister Ifeanyi Mbaeri, the then party’s legal adviser and arguably the custodian of the Constitution and abstention (not opposed) by then national secretary, Labaran Maku.
Did APGA subsequently in line with the provisions of her Constitution nominated and appointed Ochiudo Martin Agbaso as her Acting National Chairman ( the same procedure adopted with the appointment of Chief Victor Umeh in 2005 which the Supreme Court later endorsed)
If these averments are in the positive as they really are; no amount of embellishments and propaganda can alter the reality except the reality of those already dazed by intoxicants and the lost of the peckings of office which they have continually expropriated from the party to the detriment and wellbeing of the members and fortunes of the party.
One can only urge Ochoudo Martin Agbaso, national chairman of APGA to continue in his strides undaunted and unfazed by rantings of losers.
All hail the man, the political godson of the pride of the Igbo race, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.