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Defected APGA youth leader was sacked six months ago – party chair

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has flagged off its campaign for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.

The embattled former youth leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Comrade Magnus Eziokwu who defected recently to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was actually sacked in May 2021.

It could be recalled that Eziokwu had last week led scores of others to PDP, claiming to be the state youth leader of APGA.

But while reacting to the development, the state chairman of the party, Sir Norbert Obi at a press conference held in Awka said that Eziokwu was sacked as the party’s youth leader in May when he engaged in conduct incompatible with his office.

Obi said, “Ordinarily we should not have bothered ourselves with such news except that we want to put the records straight.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Magnus Eziokwu while still serving as the state Youth Leader of APGA went behind and secured an appointment as a senior special assistant to the governor which is contrary to Article 25 of APGA Constitution 2019.

“Consequently, the party wrote to him when it got wind of his appointment demanding for his automatic resignation and whereupon his deputy, Chike Odoji took over from him in an acting capacity and in accordance with APGA Constitution. This has been the position since May 202”.

Obi described as “mischievous Eziokwu’s claim of still holding himself out to the PDP who bought him as the state youth leader of APGA knowing full well that he was no longer in that position.

“We have no problems with him leaving the party if he so wished but he should not deceive the public into believing that he was still our state youth leader as at the time he defected to PDP.

Eziokwu’s sack letter which newsmen sighted was dated 14/05/21 and it read: “It is to the utmost surprise of the party that despite the public notice dated the 29th of August, 2017 to all party officeholders in Anambra State against holding of political office and appointment from government at the same time and which is, contrary to Article 25 of APGA Constitution 2019, that you are guilty or in violation of the said section of APGA Constitution by holding appointments in this APGA Government of Anambra State as a Senior Special Assistant.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, we hereby attach a photocopy of your payslip for the months of February to April 2021 showing that you are a senior special assistant to the governor effective from 1st of September, 2020.

“You are therefore by this letter advised to honourably resign your office as a state youth leader of the party forthwith. In fact, it is deemed according to our constitution that you resigned on the 1st day of September 2020 when you took up this government appointment as SSA.

“Please you are also by this letter directed to handover all party documents and properties in your possession to the State Secretary of the party within seven days of the receipt of this letter. Thanks for your understanding”

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