Delta state chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Afamefune Enemokwu, has said that he remains the Delta state chairman of APGA, saying that those purporting his being sacked as chairman of the party are no longer members of the party.
Enemokwu, who disclosed this while reacting to his alleged suspension and consequent sack as chairman of the party by a disciplinary committee, said there was never a disciplinary committee constituted for any reason as such could not have been done without approval of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
While saying there was no way a disciplinary committee could be constituted without the knowledge of the party’s NWC and state executive, he said that those parading fraudulent news of his sack as chairman were being sponsored to do because their plots against him failed.
He revealed that reconciliation and peace meeting were held in Abuja and Awka at the instance of the party’s national chairman, Dr. Victor Ike Oye, where far reaching decisions were taken by NWC, adding that those sponsored to cause disaffection in the party willingly walked out of the party during the peace meeting, having failed in their plots.
He presented some documents to back up his claims, saying that NWC of the party after the reconciliation and peace meetings pleaded with him to restore members expelled for the sake of peace and had duly complied with those directives.
Among the documents he presented was a letter from the NWC, duly signed by the party’s national secretary and former minister of information, Mr. Labaran Maku, dated April 12, 2018, nullifying indiscriminate suspensions carried out without approval from the NWC; restoring all congress elected officers expelled or suspended, except those duly removed and ratified by the NWC; restoring all officers removed from their respective positions without the approval of the NWC, except those dully expelled by the NWC; and to henceforth ensure all disciplinary processes and decisions were approved by NWC before they can be effected.
The Delta state APGA chairman, Mr. Afamefune Enemokwu, was alleged to have been suspended by a disciplinary committee in the state over gross misconduct.
The decision was said to have been taken at the party leadership’s meeting held on March 27, 2018, at Ozoro, where a seven man disciplinary committee headed by Mrs. Nwabueze Amechi and Mr. Okoh McCarthy as secretary was set up to investigate the allegations and later recommended his removal from office as chairman.
The allegations leveled against Enemokwu included inability to account for the some of N40,000 for the state party secretariat sign post in Asaba, N500,000 meant for office rent, donations and loans received by the party since 2015 and locking up of the party’s state secretariat making it impossible for INEC to carry out verification exercise among others.
The 12 page report of the disciplinary committee of APGA read in part: “Having examined all the facts before it, the Disciplinary Committee hereby uphold the indefinite suspension of Mr. Afamefune Enemokwu, as state chairman.
“The disciplinary committee hereby, without dissent invoke article 22 section 4 (v) of the APGA constitution and recommend his removal from office.
“The disciplinary committee hereby appeals to the state executive committee (SEC) and national leadership of the party to accelerate the process of Enemokwu’s removal from office and immediately move to resolve the lingering crisis in the party by reconciling all aggrieved members.
“The party leaders should stop imposition of unpopular candidates as party chairmen against the popular candidates. The committee noted that the imposition of Mr. Afamefune in 2015 was a big mistake which should not repeat itself.
“Committee recommends that the leadership of the party in the state and national level move swiftly to punish officers who have mismanaged or embezzled funds so as to save the party from embarrassment of police and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It called on the State Executive Committee (SEC) and the national leadership of the party to, as a matter of urgency, return the Delta state chapter of APGA to the path of constitutionality and good governance.