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Crisis in Enugu APC over N400m campaign fund

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 9:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu –  Correspondent Enugu


Crisis has erupted in the Enugu State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) over the alleged mismanagement of over N400 million campaign funds.

Four aggrieved state officers of the party had in a petition to the APC National Chairman, John Oyegun, blamed the alleged mismanagement and incompetence of the state Chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, for the dismal performance of the party in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The petition by the four officers of the party, state Deputy Chairman, Ude Adolphus C; Secretary, Chris Ezeh; Youth Leader, Ikechukwu Oloto, and Women Leader, Queen Nwankwo, and dated 14 April, 2015, was entitled: “Re: Enugu’s colossal failure at the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.”

Following the petition, the state representative in the party’s Board of Trustees (BOT), Gen. Joseph Okoloagu (rtd), convened a meeting of party elders on Sunday and invited the Chairman and the governorship candidate, Okey Ezea, to give account of their stewardship but they failed to show up.

Inside sources told our correspondent that the meeting which held at Okoloagu’s home was heated, and that those at the meeting resolved that the chairman must step aside to allow for free and fair investigation into his activities.

When our correspondent contacted Okoloagu, on telephone, he confirmed that it was a heated meeting and that the chairman and governorship candidate did not attend, adding that a communiqué containing the resolutions of the meeting would be sent to the National Secretariat for further action.

In their petition, the aggrieved state officers reminded the national chairman that they came to his office on 11 February, 2015 to warn of an impending disaster facing the party at the March 28 Presidential/National Assembly elections as a result of gross mismanagement and incompetence on the part of the state Chairman, Ben Nwoye, alleging gross mismanagement of funds meant for the elections, to the extent that in many places, especially in the West and East Senatorial zones, the party could not boast of polling agents and collating agents on the day of the elections.

They accused Nwoye of outright disregard of the directive of the national chairman to cancel the suspension of the state woman leader and the deputy state chairman, thereby denying the party their critical roles of mobilising women for the elections, on the excuse that the suspended persons had not complied with the conditions given by the National Deputy Chairman (South) for the lifting of the suspension.

The aggrieved state officers noted that since the inception of Nwoye’s regime, all the monies sent from Abuja national office and ones donated by some party members have not been properly accounted for.

They alleged that as a result of the dictatorial tendencies and antagonism of Nwoye, many stakeholders of the party were sidelined and excluded from the activities of the party in Enugu State.

The petitioners, therefore, prayed: “Sir, for the interest and progress of the party, we call for a proper investigation of the management of the party in the state. During this period, Nwoye should step aside for free and fair investigation.”