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INEC Accused of Disobeying Supreme Court Ruling on APGA Leadership Crisis

By Grace Chigbu

The ongoing leadership tussle within the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has taken a new turn as Edozie Njoku, the National Chairman, accuses the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of disregarding a Supreme Court judgment. Despite the court order recognizing Njoku as the legitimate leader, INEC continues to recognize Victor Oye, the factional chairman. In an exclusive interview with reporters in Abuja, Njoku voiced his frustration over INEC’s refusal to acknowledge the court ruling.


“When a party reaches the Supreme Court, and a judgment is given, it should be respected. INEC’s failure to adhere to the court’s decision is prolonging the crisis within APGA,” Njoku asserted, questioning INEC’s motives in perpetuating the discord within the party.


He further emphasized the need for INEC to uphold the rule of law, drawing comparisons to instances where similar court orders were promptly obeyed. Njoku highlighted the swift compliance of Timipre Silva, who stepped down as the APC governorship candidate in Bayelsa State following a court ruling.


Responding to inquiries regarding reconciliation within APGA, Njoku expressed openness to dialogue but affirmed his determination to continue leading the party following his legal victory. He dismissed suggestions of stepping aside, stating, “I have won the legal battle as the national chairman and I intend to carry on and fight the battle to the end.”


Njoku also addressed speculations of an alliance between APGA and the APC, emphasizing that any collaboration should be based on the party’s legitimate leadership. He accused certain elements within APGA of leveraging their association with INEC to maintain power unlawfully.


Regarding his relationship with Governor Soludo, Njoku refuted claims of personal animosity, attributing any differences to broader political dynamics within APGA. He underscored the importance of separating individual interests from the party’s welfare, urging stakeholders to prioritize the organization’s unity and stability.


As Njoku’s tenure approaches its conclusion in May, he urged adherence to legal rulings, stressing the importance of upholding judicial decisions for a functioning democracy. “Judgments should be obeyed,” he reiterated, emphasizing the need for institutional respect for the rule of law.


Amidst discussions on the nation’s challenges, Njoku underscored his commitment to rebuilding APGA and called for collective efforts to address broader issues facing Nigeria. While refraining from prescribing specific solutions to the country’s challenges, he emphasized the role of leadership in charting a path toward progress.

Njoku’s remarks underscore the urgency of resolving the APGA leadership crisis and restoring confidence in democratic institutions. The standoff between the party leadership and INEC highlights broader concerns about the sanctity of legal rulings and the rule of law in Nigeria’s political landscape.


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