The prolonged crisis in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) further deepened on Monday as an Enugu State High court sacked Victor Oye, the National Chairman, from office.
The court presided over by Justice A.R. Ozoemena ordered that a former APGA governorship candidate in Imo State, Chief Martin Agbaso, be recognised as the acting National Chairman of the party.
The court’s decision followed an application brought to it by the Enugu State Deputy Chairman of APGA, Comrade Mike Alioke, asking the court for an order of mandamus, compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the decision of APGA appointing Agbaso as the Acting national chairman of the party.
Alioke also pleaded with the court for a declaration that by Section 4 of the Police Act, both the Inspector General of Police and the Enugu State Commissioner of Police were bound to ensure the compliance of the decision of APGA regarding the appointment of Agbaso as the acting national chairman of the party to forestall breakdown of law and order.
The applicant also prayed for an order prohibiting INEC and its privies from recognising or accepting any other person as the National Chairman of APGA other than Agbaso as submitted to it by the party.
Despite several notices given to the three respondents – INEC, IGP and the Enugu State Commissioner of Police – they failed to appear before the court in four times the court sat over the matter.
The respondents also failed to submit defences before the court made its pronouncement.