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Enugu APC warns against conduct of congresses in unauthorized venues

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By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu

The All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Enugu State has warned leaders of the party against conducting the forthcoming congresses of the Party in unauthorized places.

Chairman of the caretaker Committee of the Party in the State, Dr. Ben Nwoye handed the warning during a stakeholders’ meeting at the Party’s Secretariat.

He said the time when some people carried out congresses in religious houses and private homes was over.

The Chairman urged those plotting to manipulate the lists at the various levels to retrace their steps as it will only incur the wrath of the Party.

The outgoing Enugu APC boss assured all the contestants and the Party faithful that the congresses will be transparent at all levels, stating that there will be no manipulation of eligible delegates’ lists.

Nwoye therefore issued a directive that those who were suspended because they refused to withdraw their pending cases against the Party remained disqualified to contest for any position in the congress.

“No juju house or religious houses should be used for congresses. No worship house, private or juju house should be used for congress. Anybody who was suspended because he or she refused to withdraw lawsuits against the Party will not be allowed to contest,” he stated. 

He used the opportunity to restate that there is zoning in Enugu APC, recalling that  it was because of  zoning that  Senator Ayogu  Eze emerged as the flag-bearer of the Party in 2019 Governorship election.

Also speaking, leader of the APC in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze called on the Party faithful in the State to imbibe the spirit of love, unity and peace for the Party to enjoy a smooth exercise that will guarantee its success in 2023 elections.

Eze stressed that the progress of the Party depended on how successful it conducts the congresses.

According to him, members of the Party must stop rumour-mongering and establish APC as a Party capable of winning elections in the State.

“Let us stop the crisis until we get governorship seat. If we’re united we will win elections and, there will be enough food on our table and appointments will come from within us here.

“Let us go back to our wards and harmonise our lists. We must go to Abuja (National Convention) as a united front. We must not let what happened in Abuja in 2018 (whereby Enugu did not participate) to happen this time”, Eze a former member representing Enugu North Senatorial District said. 

While pledging to undertake the payment of forms for all councils without crisis, Eze said, “I’m ready to ensure that APC goes to this congress as a united front.

I will pay for the forms of every LGA that harmonizes without crisis. I assure you, there’s no ulterior motive behind this.

“My point is that unity is critical in our resolve for future victories in coming elections. We have had enough of the wranglings amongst us and it will only endanger our chances in future elections. We must close ranks now”, he stated. 

Another leader of the party and Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu while addressing the gathering stated that APC is already united in Enugu but only needs to cement the unity.

Okechukwu, represented by Barr. Godwin Onwusigo, said, “The people at the grassroots need to know who they elected. We must not give room for writing of lists because that will further exacerbate the balkanization of the Party

“Let’s not give the courts the reason to cancel the Congress by conducting it not in somebody’s house but a public place.”

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