Gov Willie Obiano of Anambra State.
The National Executive Council of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has dissociated itself from the leadership of Chief Martin Agbaso, describing his action as the height of impunity.
The council which made the declaration last Wednesday after its meeting in Awka, described the situation as an instigated crisis by saboteurs within and outside the party.
The Council after its meeting which was attended by the embattled National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Oye; National Secretary Mr. Labaran Maku; two Deputy National Chairmen; National Vice Chairmen of the party in the Six Geo-Political Zones of the country; and the chairmen of all the thirty-six states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, commended Governor Willie Obiano's administration for its giant strides in Anambra State during its facility tour.
The facilities toured by the National Executive Council of APGA were the Delfarm in Igbariam; the longest bridge in Anambra State in Otu Aguleri Bridge across Omambala River; Stine Rice Industries, Amichi that processes and packages Anambra Rice; and the Golden Tulip, Agulu Lake Hotel.
Addressing the press during the tour, the National Secretary of the Party, Mr. Labaran Maku, said the APGA administration in Anambra State had brought positive transformation to the people and affected their living standard. He hailed Obiano for tackling the security challenges and on the prompt payment of workers' salaries when other states owed workers.
He marvelled at the state and quality of projects he saw, saying that Obiano's achievements would earn him second tenure.
He observed that Anambra State had now become a model in good governance, noting that the transformation that had taken place under the APGA regime proved that the party had the solution to the nation's political and socio-economic challenges.
On the purported Martin Agbaso leadership, Mr. Maku noted that the APGA National Chairman, Dr. Victor Oye, and other party officials, were elected through a properly organized convention of the party in 2013, duly monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission and other appropriate agencies.
He said that Chief Agbaso never contested for any national position in the party and wondered how Agbaso would become the National Chairman when the party was yet to have another convention after its last one in 2013.
The former Minister of Information under President Goodluck Jonathan's administration, described the current crisis in the party as an attempt by disgruntled elements to distract Governor Willie Obiano ahead of the November 18 gubernatorial election.
Speaking on the APGA leadership Issue, the Imo State Chairman of APGA, Barr. Peter Ezeobi, stated that Martin Agbaso left APGA in 2015 for the People's Democratic Party, PDP, when he failed in APGA primaries and had not returned to the party until recently when he connived with discordant elements and members of the judiciary to proclaim him as the national chairman.
He revealed that APGA members in Imo State before the pronouncement of Agbaso as the national chairman by the court had dissociated itself through various media publications.
Also speaking, The National Vice Chairman of APGA in the North West, Sardauna Yaro from Jigawa State, described Mr. Martin Agbaso as a turn coat of the party and recalled how he connived with Rochas Okorocha during the APGA primaries in 2015 and later left the party.
He noted that Agbaso had tried to create a disjointed house among APGA members in the North but failed to achieve his purpose.
For his part, the National Vice Chairmen of APGA in North Central, North East and South West, Engr. Sule Ajai, Mr. Ezekiel Ashijie and Dr. Samson Segun Olaloye, said that they only knew Victor Oye as the National Chairman of APGA, describing Agbaso as an impersonator. They wondered how Agbaso can become a National Chairman without going through the right channels that would uphold him as the chairman.