National chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Victor Oye has dismissed as irrelevant the suspension handed down on Prof Charles Soludo who emerged on Wednesday as the party’s governorship candidate in Anambra State.
Oye said that the Jude Okeke faction which handed out the suspension on Soludo lacked the constitutional basis to carry out their action.
According to him, Okeke and his group had not satisfied the constitutional requirement to remove him, Oye as national chairman and as such lacked the constitutional powers to suspend Soludo.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG had earlier reported the emergence of Soludo as the party’s candidate at the primary conducted at Awka, the Anambra State capital on Wednesday.
Speaking to Channels Television in an interview monitored by GreenWhiteGreen GWG, Oye said that only the national convention could remove him as national chairman and that since those who acted against him had not been able to convene a national convention, they could not stop him from carrying on his duties as national chairman.
One of such duties he said was the primary that produced Soludo as the APGA candidate.
Speaking earlier on Wednesday to reporters in Abuja, the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the Okeke faction, Mr. Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, said Soludo was suspended for alleged “anti party activities”.
According to Chukwunyere, the decision to suspend Soludo was taken at a meeting of the faction’s National Working Committee (NWC) held on Tuesday night.
He further said that the Okeke faction held a successful Special Delegate Ward Congresses where there members were elected Ward delegates for the faction’s governorship primaries, billed to hold on July 1, 2021.
“The party is ready for the July 1 primary election and the winner will lead APGA to victory at the November 6, 2021 governorship election.”
While debunking the Wednesday primary that produced Soludo as the party’s candidate, he described it as “a sham and effort in futility.”
He said that the primaries was already being challenged in court, adding that, “in due course, the court will declare it invalid, unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”