All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA Women for Good Governance has absolved the immediate past National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh of any wrongdoing while he held sway.
Reacting on a newspaper reports, not the Nigerian Pilot on Saturday, accredited to one Mr. Austine Ndigwe, who has threatened to drag Umeh to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over party funds and un-audited account during his tenure, APGA Women for Good Governance dismissed Ndigwe’s outburst as “the ranting of a frustrated political hireling seeking cheap publicity.”
In a press statement, the National Coordinator of the body, Mrs. Grace Chike, wondered how a political junky who claimed to be a “founding father” of APGA in June 2002 did not know that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC audits accounts of all registered political parties annually and publishes same in national newspapers as well as send copies of the audited accounts to stakeholders, including political parties.
Chike noted that in addition, APGA engaged a reputable firm to audit its accounts.
She said for Ndigwe to claim that the party account was not audited during Umeh’s leadership smacks of political naivety, ignorance and rascality.
The national coordinator said they were shocked that Ndigwe was the only man in Nigeria who does not know that annual audit of political parties’ accounts is a statutory responsibility of INEC which the commission discharges creditably.
Chike, however, described the call by Ndigwe that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state and Chairman Board of Trustees of the party to re-convene another convention was nothing but a childish effusion.
She rather praised Umeh for his dynamic, purposeful and visionary leadership and enjoined his successor, Dr. Victor Oye to improve on Umeh’s legacy.