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2019: APC Heavyweights Re-Unite To Unseat PDP In Abia

Posted: Jun 14, 2016 at 6:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 Emeka Okafor

ABA – Two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State have agreed to join forces to oust the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the 2019 governorship election.

The factions took the decision at the end of their reconciliatory and harmonisation meeting in Umuahia at the weekend.

The APC in the state went into the 2015 governorship election with internal wrangling that polarised it into two factions with each having its own structure.

However, with the recent political development in the state prominent members of PDP defected to the APC.

Prominent at the APC meeting were Senator Nkechi Nwogu, Chief Ikechi Emenike, Chief Tony Ukasanya, Senator Chris Adigiheje Acho Obioma, the pioneer state chairman and BoT of PDP; Hon. Stanley Ohajuruka,  Kelvin Ugboaja, Ralph Egbu and Eze Chikamnayo, a former commissioner in the state.

The party stalwarts said they have resolved to put aside their differences to face the task of rebuilding the party to bring the change Abia electorate were yearning for.

Mr. Jonah Mkpuruka, zonal secretary of APC South-East who spoke on Friday in Umuahia, during the meeting, said the party at the national level has looked into the leadership challenges in the state chapter and succeeded in bringing the different factions together as one family again.

Also speaking at the event, Dr. Nyerere Ayim, the gubernatorial candidate of the party in the 2015 general election, said the factionalisation in the party was over and that the time to rebuild the party for the task ahead had come.

He said, “I thank our party leaders for sacrificing their personal interests for the interest of our party; APC is now one in Abia State.

“I have no group, High Chief Ikechi has no group, and we are now one, you young ones should understand that when old people seem to be quarreling in the open, they might somewhere discuss business in the closet, so forget about your differences and work as one family.

“I charge our new state Exco to carry all our members along and ensure that the presence of this party is felt in all the local government and wards in the state.”

Also speaking, Hon. Acho Obioma, a Senatorial candidate in the party in the last general election, stated that the harmonisation of the state Exco would definitely help the party to go places in the state.

He urged the leaders whose positions were affected by the exercise to take it in good fate, adding that it is better for APC members to work hard and win the next election than to be divided and remain in opposition in the state.

Chief Ikechi Emenike, a national leader of the party, commended the factional leaders for coming together again as one family.

He urged the new state executives not to see their positions as an opportunity to enrich themselves; rather they should work hard to promote the interest of the party across the state.

In her remarks, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu noted that it was a thing of joy for the different groups in the party to come back as one.

She lauded the former factional leaders for allowing peace to reign again in the party.

She said APC was the only one in Abia State that is outstanding, adding that with the co-operation of every member of the party they would take over the Government House by 2019.

Hon. Donatus Nwankpa, chairman of party, urged the leaders and members of the party to work for the strength of the party, insisting that their mission was to sack the PDP in 2019.

Hon. Donatus Nwankpa, speaking after emerging as the state chairman of APC, thanked the major stakeholders for shelving their differences and for agreeing to re-unite under one structure to deliver the state to APC in 2019.

He explained that to achieve the resolutions passed by the leadership of the party in the state, the executive membership would move into the grassroots to ensure that the party organs at the local and ward levels are harmonised and propelled towards 2019.