Abia: Alex Otti Still Under Suspension - APGA Says
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has insisted that the candidate of the party during the 2019 governorship election in Abia state, Dr. Alex Otti remains suspended as the State Working Committee (SWC) chapter was yet to lift the suspension slammed on him.
APGA also stated that Otti never consulted or informed the leadership of the party in the state on his petition, challenging the reelection of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 2019.
Recall that an Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo state capital and headed by Justice R.A Adah, struck out the appeal filed by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Abia State, Alex Otti, and validated Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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Before the appeal court judgment, a three-man panel of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia state capital, and chaired by Justice A.L. Ogumoye, had dismissed the petition filed by 2019 APGA gubernatorial candidate, Dr Alex Otti against the declaration of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.
The tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove the case of over-voting, non-compliance to the INEC election guideline and the electoral act.
Alex Otti had prayed the tribunal to cancel fifteen out of the seventeen local government areas election results in Abia State, alleging that the respondents, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who was the governorship candidate of PDP, perpetrated excessive malpractice in those LGAs in the last March 9, 2019 election conducted in the state.
However, Sunday Onukwubiri, the Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Abia state, during a radio programme tagged”Open Parliament”, and monitored by our correspondent on Wednesday in Umuahia, said that APGA was not part of the litigation against Ikpeazu and PDP, added that the party opted out over the subsisting suspension placed on Otti.
He said, “APGA was not part of Alex Otti’s petition in court, because, he was suspended by the party leadership after the 2019 general elections.
“He went to court with members of his Abia First structure. He never informed the party. He remained a suspended member until the SWC say otherwise. He was suspended for anti-party activities”.