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Some of the major stakeholders of the n Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have noted that the political party is not ready for the 2023 general elections in the state.
This statement had arose from a stakeholders meeting which had been held on Sunday in Enugu. The party chieftains had also reiterated their resolve to institute a caretaker committee which would be able to oversee the activities of the party leading to the elections.
Former Senate President, Sen. Ken Nnamani, said that the party did not seem attractive to prospective members due to the leadership style of its chairman, Mr Ugochukwu Agballa.
Nnamani also noted that the party chairman had neglected party stalwarts and was through his conducts leading the party to a disastrous end.
“We feel the party is not going the way it should go.There is danger ahead as people are leaving our party.
“For only one person to contest our party’s gubernatorial primaries shows we are not attractive and most of our flag bearers are those most unlikely to win elections.
“Candidates of other parties have been coming to us to appeal for our support but ours are not coming,” he said.
Nnamani said that the chieftains would do everything possible to rescue the party and save it from implosion, adding that a fractured party would not do well in elections.
Also, former state governor, Mr Sullivan Chime, described Agballa as an “impostor” bent on destroying the party in the state.
Chime said that he never supported the candidacy of Agballah as party chairman due to his antecedents.
According to him, it is strange that I do not know any candidate from House of Assembly to Senate from my constituency and zone.
“I do not know who our candidates are. For the governorship candidate, I am hearing it as a rumour though it happens to be the person I knew from a distance.
“The last time I saw him was during Gov. Chimaroke Nnamani’s administration. I have not seen him since he emerged,” he said.
The former governor said that election was about electing those that would be useful to the party and the people.
“I do not think I will be part of any arrangement to vote for someone I do not know. It is very clear to me how our presidential candidate emerged and no one said he was imposed on us.
“Therefore, I have a duty to support him. I will not just vote for him but will talk about him when I have the opportunity but I do not know the others and how they emerged,” Chime said.
Another party chieftain, Gbazuagu Nweke, said that they had already made their intentions known to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.