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2023 elections could also be jeopardised over APGA disaster, Njoku warns 


The Nationwide Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Edozie Njoku, has cautioned the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to desist from acts able to  jeopardizing subsequent yr’s election.

The APGA nationwide chairman warned that if the fee  continues to recognise Chief Victor Oye because the Nationwide Chairman of the social gathering, it would derail the subsequent election.

Njoku said this on Tuesday in Abuja whereas briefing journalists on the clarification letter written by Justice Mary Odili rtd on the APGA disaster.

There was a tussle between Chief Victor Oye and Chief Edozie Njoku over who’s the substantive nationwide chairman of APGA.

The tussle had led to a ruling of the Supreme Court docket recognizing Chief Njoku however the judgement was misinterpreted and INEC continued to acknowledged Chief Oye and his faction because the Nationwide Management of the social gathering.

Nevertheless, to set the data straight of the Supreme Court docket ruling on the APGA disaster, Justice Odili the lead justice responded to a letter written to her by Chief Njoku.

Within the letter entitled: “Re: Request for a clarification letter on the subject of the ninth of Could 2022, correction of identify by Your Lordship on the Supreme Court docket Enchantment No:SC/CV/687/2021, addressed to Chief Edozie Njoku as Nationwide Chairman and copied to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Kayode Ariwoola and 4 different Justices.

Justice Odili mentioned, “I certainly recall your Ietter dated 6 Could, 2022 to me because the Presiding Justice of the panel and the opposite 4 Justices which requested for correction of the 14 October, 2021, Supreme Court docket Judgment, whereby the identify of Chief Victor Oye was erroneously inserted as an alternative of the identify of Chief Edozie Njoku.

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“It’s to be positioned on document that I corrected the error by changing Chief Victor Oye’s identify with that of Chief Edozie Njoku on Paragraph 1 of web page 13 of the 14 October, 2021 judgment. 

“The correction was made having cognizance that on the day of supply of the judgment being 14 October, 2021 by a slip of the pen and tongue, the identify of Chief Victor Oye was introduced in. This error was identified to me by different members of the panel who jogged my memory that Chief Victor Oye was not a celebration to the enchantment or the proceedings which emanated from the Jigawa Excessive court docket. 

“Nevertheless, in the middle of the trajectory of errors, the identify of Chief Victor Oye saved recurring within the document of the Judgment as an alternative of the fitting social gathering to the continuing, Chief Edozie Njoku.

“It’s to be famous that the first September, 2022 press assertion launched by Dr. Festus Akande, Director of Media Press and Data of the Supreme Court docket which denied all of the CTCS of the amended Judgment issued to Chief Edozie Njoku, clearly stemmed from the misperception of the true place.

“By this clarification, it’s to be famous that Chief Victor Oye was not a celebration to the proceedings and the correct social gathering for whom the judgment and orders referred is Chief Edozie Njoku. To additional buttress the purpose, I’d hereunder restate the events to the enchantment and judgment of 14 October, 2021 thus.”

“She gave the events within the Enchantment to incorporate: Chief Choose Okeke Appellant, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Edozie Njoku and members of the NWC elected on thirty first Could, 2019, Alhaji Rabiu Garba Aliyu and Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) as respondents.

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Justice Odili additional said within the letter, “I do know for a indisputable fact that my erstwhile colleagues and members of the panel of Justices particularly: Kudirat Motonmori Olatokunbo Kekere-Ekun, Mohammed Lawal Garba, Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Saulawa, Emmanuel Akomaye Agim JSC, would affirm all that I’ve said.

“I hope the scenario is clarified and the matter put to relaxation.”

Her letter was additionally copied to: Ok.M.O. Kekere-Ekun, JSC Mohammcd Lawal Garba, JSC lbrahim Mohammed Saulawa, JSC Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, JSC.

Njoku, talking with journalists, requested people who emerged as candidates’ beneath his APGA management to proceed with their campaigns, why he warned the INEC to not proceed on motion that may scuttle the overall elections subsequent yr.

On why the letter was not copied to INEC, Njoku mentioned it was not the duty of the retired Justice of the Supreme Court docket to do since she is retired. 

Based on him, the Supreme Court docket would talk the electoral physique appropriately.

He expressed confidence that INEC would stop to narrate, talk or recognise Chief Victor Oye because the APGA Nationwide Chairman.