Yesterday, the All Progressives Congress’ presidential rally in Enugu State was boycotted by some prominent leaders.
Goldennewsng reports that members of the party, like Geoffrey Onyeama, the state Minister of Foreign Affairs, were compelled by the crisis; Ken Nnamani, a former Senate President; Sullivan Chime, a former governor of the state; Eugene Odoh, a former Speaker of the state Assembly; and Chief Onyemuche Nnamani, a former State Government Secretary, among others, to avoid attending the rally.
Punch claims that Mr. Osita Okechukwu, Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, and Ben Nwoye, the state party’s immediate past chairman, were also absent; and Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku, a aide to the president.
The aggrieved party leaders met at Chime’s Enugu residence and addressed journalists while the presidential candidate went to the rally site.
They claimed that their absence from the rally was an indication to the APC’s national leadership that immediate action was required to resolve the state chapter’s crisis.
Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State, was slammed for allegedly taking over the APC structure in Enugu State and disorganizing the party.
The various speakers, including Chime, Nnamani, and Odoh, claimed that they were unaware of all of the rally’s preparations and schedule.
However, they assured stakeholders that they would work for Tinubu’s victory in the presidential election and described him as a good candidate.
“We received our presidential candidate at the airport,” Chime stated. We trust him because he is the best.
However, due to internal party issues in Enugu, we are not present at Okpara Square. It has been there because, sometime in October 2021, a non-member was forced onto us as a so-called chairman following the botched state party congress.
The party leaders went to Abuja to voice their displeasure, but their complaints were ignored, and the problems persisted. Therefore, we must distance ourselves from the party’s local chapter.
“We expect the party to do the right thing after today,”
Chime said of the candidate for the party, “We will ensure that he gets more than the required 25%.” Counting Enugu is required.
“Today’s event is merely a rally; the primary event is the election, and we are putting in a lot of effort to ensure the party’s victory.”
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