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The attention of All Progressives Grand Alliance, under the able and indefatigable leadership of Ọzọnkpu Dr. Victor Ike Oye, has been drawn to the fictional news making the rounds that Imo State chapter of APGA has collapsed into the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The general public are advised to ignore the news as a fleeting figment from the fragmented imagination of mischief makers.

While we accept the inalienable rights of individuals to join other political parties, in pursuit of their constitutional rights to freedom of association; it is significant to state unequivocally that State chapters of political parties are not the party.

State chapters, like Diaspora, Zonal, LGA and Ward chapters, are for administrative convenience.

By Sections 222 and 223 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) every political party in Nigeria is domiciled at the National Secretariat in Abuja. Our great party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA is not an exception.

Indeed, the Supreme Court has in a handful of decisions, including ABEGUNDE v. ONDO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, reiterated that the existence and structure of political parties in Nigeria are national in character.

Therefore, it is elementary that only the NEC/NWC of APGA has the legal capacity to take decisions that affect the existence or otherwise of any structure of the party in Imo State.

It is therefore farcical and risible for individuals who are merely members of APGA in Imo State to falsely claim in the media that Imo State chapter of APGA has collapsed into the APC.

Indeed, the concept of collapse of party structure or a state chapter into another political party is strange and alien to the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. That’s why, under Section 84 of the Electoral Act for instance, any political party wishing to merge with another party must hold a National Convention where a special resolution to that effect shall be passed.

Finally, the general public are urged to ignore and disregard the purported claim of collapse of Imo State chapter of APGA into the APC. It is both legally and factually impossible.

Our great party is firmly rooted in Imo State and poised to win next weekend’s rerun and supplementary elections in Okigwe/Onuimo/Isiala Mbano and Orlu/Orsu/Oru East Federal Constitutencies respectively.

TEX OKECHUKWU, ESQ.

National Publicity Secretary, APGA.