By Afolabi Joseph
Chief Ifeanyichukwu Akata, the Acting Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Lagos State, has accused Barrister Kayode Alabi, the party’s suspended Chairman, of holding illegal meetings and encouraging disharmony within the party’s membership in the state.
Speaking with Independent in Lagos on Monday, Akata stated that reports reaching him showed that Mr. Alabi had been holding meetings and trying to create a splinter group following his recent suspension, adding that his action is aimed at creating the wrong impression that the party has factions in the state.
He said that Alabi should realise that his suspension was a popular decision of the executive members, which has been communicated to the National Leadership through the National Chairman, Dr. Ike Okoye, stressing that he (Alabi) should submit himself to the investigation committee set up to resolve all issues relating to his suspension, instead of engaging in what could be interpreted as anti-party activities.
“Barrister Alabi is a lawyer. He should know what he is doing. He is trying to create an impression that there is a faction in APGA. What happened was a family affair. There is no crisis in APGA. He should follow due process to fight his cause instead of organising illegal meeting and promoting gangsterism in the party thereby overheating the system.
“Barrister Alabi is only on suspension. He is still our member. We are a family. As a leader, he should follow due process by appearing before the committee to defend himself, instead of shunning the instead of shunning the invitation extended to him.”
When contacted, Alabi said that those who purportedly suspended him are jokers and that their action was illegal, adding that their action had been reported to the APGA’s national leadership, and that his reported suspension had been rejected.
He wondered what the group wanted to achieve by his suspension, adding that the group is acting on the wrong sentiment that APGA is an Igbo party, which he stressed is not true, stressing, “APGA is not an Igbo party. Anybody who thinks so should go to Ohanaeze Ndigbo or MASSOB (Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra).
He described such people as being narrow-minded as they lack issues and are promoting parochial interests, saying that all the various groups in the party had been unified when he emerged as the party’s chairman in Lagos.