Nnaya Okemini, Umuahia
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia state, led by Chief Nkem Okoro has laid claim to legal tenancy of the property at No. 74 School Road, off Ikot-Ekpene Road, Umuahia, which serves as the party’s state secretariat.
The Publicity Secretary of the APGA, Mr. Ebere Uzoukwa stated this in a signed statement made available to newsmen in the state capital, saying Dr. Alex Otti, its leader and governorship candidate paid the rent.
He said; “Also, the office equipment including furniture and fittings were procured by him with personal money. The Tenancy Agreement also recognizes Dr. Alex Otti, OFR as the tenant.”
The party was reacting to a letter reportedly written by a factional national chairman of the party Chief Victor Oye, addressed to another claimant, the Rev Augustine Ehiemere to the seat after Nkem took over the secretariat last Friday.
“Let it be on record that the Umuahia party secretariat was reclaimed following due process by the congress elected and authentic executive committee of Abia APGA led by Okoro,” Uzoukwa noted.
He said as law abiding and responsible citizens, members of the committee conducted themselves in a peaceful manner waving off provocations by some gangsters and hoodlums led by Ehiemere.
“Oye, in his so-called open letter, entitled ‘Don’t Pay Evil With Evil’ made unfounded allegations, insinuating that some people invaded and took possession of APGA party secretariat on the said day,” he noted.
He said while they don’t intend to dignify Oye and his co-travelers with a response, they want to ensure that unsuspecting members of the public are not misinformed or misled by his deliberate falsehood.
Uzoukwa said it was pertinent to note that the secretariat, paid and provided by the governorship candidate was meant to accommodate the executive and leadership of APGA in the state.
Continuing, he argued that, “It is neither a refuge ground for displaced political charlatans and hoodlums nor an extension of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.”
The publicity secretary, said the contention over the rightful tenant of the property, whose agreement was prepared by the late E. M Ibeawuchi Esq, is not their main target, but how to distract Otti’s focus.
“Their plans to frustrate our governorship candidate, who is seeking justice for Ndi Abia at the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal will definitely fail like a pack of cards,” he maintained.