Chief Nkem Okoro, the factional Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in Abia has said that his executive has initiated a process to weed out bad elements as part of the efforts to reposition the party toward the 2023 polls.
Okoro said on Thursday at a news briefing in Umuahia that his executive had begun the process of cleaning up and weeding out “fraudulent” members of the party.
He was reacting to the comments credited to the Rev. Augustine Ehiemere-led faction of the party.
Ehiemere had at a news conference on Monday alleged that Dr Alex Otti, the party’s flag bearer in the 2015 and 2019 governorship polls in Abia, misused the party’s funds, amounting to several billions of naira.
He also blamed the leadership crisis that engulfed the party at the national and state levels on Otti and his supporters.
However, Okoro expressed regrets over Ehiemere’s invectives on Otti and other stalwarts of APGA at a time his executive was trying to appease the chieftains, who were aggrieved over the leadership tussle.
He decried the media attack on the leaders of the party and described it as “provocative”, saying that it would not be tolerated.
“We use this medium to apologise to all those who were insulted and provoked to leave the party.
“We are specifically apologising to Otti, the former leader of our party in Abia, who has indicated his intention to leave the party.
“We recognise his immense contributions in building a formidable APGA in Abia and appeal to him and others to return to the party after we had cleaned it up and completely rid it of those using it to indulge in extortions,” Okoro said.
He said that the vision of forming APGA was to provide responsible leadership to the people rather than defraud them.
He, therefore, warned those allegedly positioning themselves in the party to defraud members to bury the idea.
He further admonished Ehiemere “and his co-travellers” to desist forthwith from masquerading themselves as members of the state working committee of APGA in Abia.
“Failure to do so will result in severe actions from the leadership of the party in the state, including the resort to legal action,” Okoro said.
He declared the loyalty and commitment of his executive to the afforts of the Acting National Chairman of the party, Dr Mic Adams, “to rebuild and reposition APGA for the challenges ahead.”