All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA Integrity Group has warned one of its party chieftains, Mr. Austin Ndigwe to desist from blackmailing former National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh.
In one of his interviews with a daily national newspaper, Ndigwe criticised the administration of Umeh, claiming that the former chairman mismanaged the funds of the party and threatened to forward a petition to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC as well as institute a suit in court.
In a press statement, the Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr. Great Martin Kalu, said they had dismissed the issues raised by Ndigwe in the said publication as a figment of his fertile and confused imagination.
Kalu stressed that the allegations against Umeh were the handiwork of a serial blackmailer who throws decency and dignity to the dogs in his unquenchable thirst to pull down the erstwhile national chairman of APGA.
The publicity secretary said Ndigwe spoke from two sides of his mouth in the said interview, adding that he cannot be taken seriously by right thinking members of the society.
He said in the interview, Ndigwe alleged that Umeh was the sole signatory in the party bank account only to reverse later by stating that Umeh signed party cheques with the former National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi.
According to him, “Ndigwe further claimed that Umeh blackmailed pioneer national chairman of APGA, Chief Chekwas Okorie in order to take over the party from him and convinced former Governor Peter Obi to support him. It is mischievous, outrageous and reckless for a purported “founding member” of the party to stand the truth on its head.
“Perhaps its memory loss or sheer ignorance of the longest leadership dispute in Nigeria from 15th December 2004, Okorie was suspended and later expelled on 11th January 2005, and 7th March 2012, he returned the APGA certificate of registration to INEC in surrender after challenging his expulsion with 23 suits which the Supreme Court dismissed on 25th March 2011.
“In his Judgment, Justice Dahiru Musdapher dismissed Okorie’s appeal declaring it unmeritorious and frivolous. Justices Mahmud Mohammed, Francis Feddode Tabay, Christopher Mitchel Chukwuma-Eneh and Bode Rhodes-Vivour agreed with Musdapher. It is reckless for Ndigwe to claim that Umeh blackmailed Okorie in anti-party matter the Supreme Court upheld and 22 more suits he filed were also dismissed.”

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