APGA crisis: Okwu files contempt charges against Umeh, Shinkafi
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) Chief Maxi Okwu has filed contempt charges against the party’s erstwhile chairman and Secretary, Chief Victor Umeh and Alahaji Sani Shinkafi respectively for disobeying the order of court ousting them from office.
In the form 48 (notice of contempt) filed by Okwu and 4 others, in suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/563/13 at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Umeh and Shinkafi were reminded to “take notice that unless you obey the directions contained in this order, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be committed to prison”.
The other plaintiffs in the suit include Comrade Ibrahim Carefor, Chief Dickson Ogu, Dr. Gbenga Afeni, Alhaji Abubakar Adamu, suing for themselves and on behalf of all the order national officers elected at the national convention of APGA held at WDC, Awka on April 8, 2013;
The contempt charge is sequel to the orders granted by Justice Abubakar Abdul-Kafarati directing the duo to vacate their respective offices not being properly elected according to Section 18 (4) of the APGA Constitution.
Parts of the judgment attached to the form 48 read: “That an order is granted directing the 1st and 2nd defendants to vacate their respective offices of National Chairman and national Secretary pending the determination of their suit challenging their expulsion from the party and in their favour.
“That an order is granted directing the 2nd defendant to vacate office as National Secretary of the party having been first elected into office on January 10, 2003 and was re-elected for a second term which expired on January 9, 2010.
“That in any event an order is granted directing the 1st and 2nd defendants and all the other officers they represent to vacate their various offices forth with not having been elected in accordance with Article 18 (4) of the Constitution of the party which prescribe mandatorily that elections into the offices shall be by secret ballot or at all
“That an order is granted directing the 3rd defendant (INEC) to deal with the plaintiffs and all those they represent as the duly elected national officers of APGA”.
But contrary to the directive orders of the court handed down on January 15, 2014, the judgment creditors complained to the Court that the 1st and 2nd defendants have continued to carry on as National Chairman and National Secretary of APGA in contravention of the binding Court judgment.
No date has been fixed for the hearing which would come by way of Form 49, order of proceeding.