Abuja: Hon Muyideen Imam, a factional National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA has raised alarm over an alleged attempt by the Anambra State Governor, Prof Charles Soludo to sponsor the arrest and detention of the faction’s National Chairman, Chief Edozie Njoku, over trumped up charges.
This was contained in a statement which Imam issued this Monday, 21st November, 2022.
The statement reads as follows:
“STANDING JUSTICE ON ITS HEAD: APGA LEADERSHIP CRISIS TAKES DANGEROUS TURN AS GOVERNOR SOLUDO AND VICTOR OYE IN CONNIVANCE WITH CSP EZEKIEL RIMAMSOMTE USED BY SOME COMPROMISED TOP POLICE CHIEFS MOVE TO ARREST APGA NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EDOZIE NJOKU ON TRUMPED UP CRIMINAL CHARGES TO SUBVERT IMPLEMENTATION OF SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT
Being a Press Statement by the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on monday, November 21, 2022.
Gentlemen of the Fourth Estate of the Realm, Friends, Allies, Comrades, APGA members, Political Party leaders and Candidates, Country men and Women, Ladies and gentlemen,
‘Lend me your ears! I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. For the evil that men do lives after them and their good deeds are often interred with their bones.’
The last 24hours has been quite excruciating, intriguing and brain gnawing as we have kept vigil having gotten the wind that Chief Edozie Njoku, the National Chairman of APGA will be arraigned today at the FCT High Court 40 Bwari, Abuja which will be presided over by Hon. Justice M. A. Madugu, in criminal Charge No: CR/12/2022; with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) as the (plaintiff), while Chief Edozie Njoku and Chukwuemeka Nwoga are the (Accused).
We want it to be on record that Chief Edozie Njoku has not been served the court charge process till now, according to the dictates of the law. This is an indication of the plot to ensure Chief Njoku doesn’t get justice.
We have it on good authority that trumped up charges are menacingly and mendaciously being pressed despite the clarifications in Hon. Justice Mary Ukaego Odili’s letter which refuted the Press Statement by Dr. Festus Akande (Director of Press and Media of the Supreme Court) and the letter from Mrs Hajo Sarki Bello (Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court) to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Police denying the amendment of May 9, 2022 in Suit No: SC/CV/687/2021.
We, the members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) wish to inform the general public as follows;
(1) That we have uncovered a dangerous plot to subvert the Supreme Court Judgment being spearheaded and financed by Governor Soludo (with Anambra resources) and Victor Oye in connivance with some lawless corrupt police officers led by Mr. Ezekiel Rimamsomte (CSP) and Wisdom Emmanuel Madaki.
(2) They filed some spurious criminal charges against Chief Edozie Njoku, the National Chairman of APGA in Charge No: CR/12/2022 at FCT High Court; with the IGP as the (plaintiff), while Chief Edozie Njoku and Chukwuemeka Nwoga are the (Accused). They are spuriously alleging that Chief Njoku and Chukwuemeka Nwoga forged the amended Supreme Court Judgment on APGA Leadership.
(3) Recall that Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili, JSC Rtd, in her letter of 7th November, 2022 had confirmed the Judgement to be true and clarified all issues that modest, sincere and honest minds need to know about the amended judgment of May 9, 2022. The essence of Justice Odili’s letter was to rest this matter of lingering APGA Leadership crisis once and for all.
(4) Unfortunately, Chief Victor Oye and Governor Soludo have used Anambra’s scare and paltry resources to procure the likes of Mrs. Hajo Sarki Bello (Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court), Mr. Mohammed A. Dikko (Director of Litigation at the Supreme Court), Dr. Festus Akande, (Director of Press and Media at the Supreme Court) and Mr. Gbenga Owodolu (Court Registrar at the Supreme Court) in their failed attempt to subvert the Supreme court judgement.
(5) This is the first of its kind in Nigeria. Governor Soludo is leading a dangerous crusade on impunity targeted at ridiculing the integrity and image of the Nigeria’s Apex court.
(6) We wish to call the attention of President and Commander in-Chief of FRN, General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to put a stop to this brazen madness.
(7) We call on the Attorney General of the Federation to please rise and act accordingly.
(8) We wish to call on the Chief Justice of the Federation to save the integrity of the Judiciary.
(9) We wish to call on the INEC Chairman to recognize Chief Edozie Njoku as the authentic National Chairman of APGA, as Chief Victor Oye derives the strength and audacity from the silence of INEC on this issue.
(10) Finally, Chief Edozie Njoku, our amiable and tenacious National Chairman and the NWC have chosen this path not because it is likeable, but because it is difficult. We have chosen this path not because it is easy, but because it is herculean. We have chosen this path, not because it is enviable, but, because it is most challenging. For in these times and tides do great minds converge to plough their intellect and meet at that juncture where all forces that tend to frustrate nation building are dared and challenged; so as to offer a greater future for generations yet unborn.
On behalf of the National Working Committee (NWC) APGA