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Zoning is dead in APC Enugu State if….Enugu West Stakeholders 

Calls for immediate return and inauguration of Group Capt Joe Orji as Enugu State APC Chairman.

APC Stakeholders from Enugu West Senatorial District Enugu State, Tuesday rose from an emergency meeting warning that Zoning of offices in Enugu State will be abandoned if the leadership of the party refuses to redress the illegality occasioned by the purported State Congress of 16th October, 2021

The meeting which took place at Oji River, was attended by members from Aninri, Awgu, Ezeagu, Oji River and Udi Local Governments, making up Enugu West Senatorial District, described the events of 16th October, 2021 as an unconstitutional charade, sham and travesty.

In a communique issued at the end of the meeting,  the members recalled the efforts of leaders of the party in Enugu State, led by former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani to organize a transparent and rancour free congress in Enugu State but was truncated by actions of those they described as disgruntled elements “in APC within and outside our Senatorial zone, in the past several weeks, to destroy APC in Enugu State”

It said that the Enugu State APC had agreed on zoning and wondered why the position of APC State Chairman zoned to Greater Awgu should be hijacked.

APC Enugu East Stakeholders meeting

APC Enugu East Stakeholders meeting

The communique which was signed by Ten representatives from the Five Local Governments of the Senatorial District, faulted the various constitutional breaches by the Dr. Ijeoma Arodiogbu led State Congress Committee, stated “That no Congress held in Enugu on the 16th of October, 2021.

That no local State Congress Committee was constituted or participated in the purported Congress.

That we later heard and saw on the social media that one Hyacinth Ugochukwu Agballah from Udi in Ezeagu/Udi Federal Constituency claimed to have been declared elected as the Chairman by the said Committee.

That the said Ugochukwu Agballa was a member of the PDP, a rival political party in the State as at the second week of July, 2021, when he publicly indicated intention to join our dear party as a member and by which time the revalidation/registration exercise of members and new members of the party had been suspended pending the conclusion of Congresses and National Convention.

That the said Ugochukwu Agballa purportedly obtained an old discarded membership card slip which was backdated and attached same to his nomination form.

That the said Ugochukwu Agballa is not a registered member of APC and therefore lacks the right to vote or be voted for into any of the elective positions of the Party (See Article 9.3(i) of the Constitution of the Party).

The communique said “That as the consensus candidate for the office of APC State Chairman, Enugu State that Group Capt. Orji be declared and inaugurated as the new State Chairman of the Party in the State without further delay.

In what they called their position, the communique stated further “That the purported return of Ugochukwu Agballa as the Chairman-elect of the APC in Enugu State be nullified.

“That the said Ugochkwu Agballa and his enablers are acting alone and pursuing their selfish and destructive agenda. Neither do they have the mandate or represent the interest of APC Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency or APC Enugu West Senatorial District.

“That as the consensus candidate for the office of APC State Chairman, Enugu State that Group Capt. Orji be declared and inaugurated as the new State Chairman of the Party in the State without further delay.

“That all the consensus candidates as contained in the list submitted by the three Senatorial Districts and as endorsed by the stakeholders/Party members be declared as the new executives of the party in the State.

“That since the consensus lists from Enugu East and Enugu North Senatorial Districts remain intact, that the Enugu West Senatorial Consensus list agreed to, adopted and signed by Enugu West stakeholders should not be tampered with.

“That we urge leaders of the party in Enugu East and Enugu North Senatorial Districts who benefited from the zoning and consensus agreement, especially His Excellency Senator Ken Nnamani who midwifed the Zoning and Consensus agreement, to speak out and condemn the unconstitutional actions of elements within our party working with non members of APC to destroy APC in Enugu State.

“That the State, South East and National leadership of our great party should take immediate actions to redress this illegal, unconstitutional and avoidable crisis foisted on the Enugu State Chapter of the party by the 2021 Enugu State Congress Committee led by Dr Ijeoma Arodiogbu.

“That if nothing is done urgently to correct this anomaly that our position as APC Enugu West is that ZONING IS DEAD IN APC, ENUGU STATE.

“Consequent upon non remediation of this injustice, we will call on all sons and daughters of Enugu West, both within and outside our party who have interest in contesting for Governorship of Enugu State or National offices of the party, to jump into the ring as all offices will be thrown open.

“Finally we remind all members of our great party that the debacle and disgraceful defeat of APC in the just concluded Anambra Governorship Election is still fresh in our minds

“That woeful embarrassment was as a result of the imposition of unpopular candidates and unconstitutionality perpetrated by enemies within our party, whose only agenda is to destroy APC and make it unable to win elections in the South East”.

 

Below is the full text of the communique;

APC Enugu East Stakeholders meeting

APC Enugu East Stakeholders meeting

A COMMINIQUE ISSUED BY APC STAKEHOLDERS FROM ENUGU WEST SENATORIAL ZONE, ENUGU STATE, AFTER A MEETING HELD AT SADA CRUZ HOTEL OJI RIVER ON THE 23RD OF NOVEMBER, 2021.

We are APC Stakeholders from the Five Local Government Areas of Aninri, Awgu, Ezeagu, Oji River and Udi, making up Enugu West Senatorial District.

That having watched with disgust and disappointment the intentional efforts of disgruntled elements in APC within and outside our Senatorial zone, in the past several weeks, to destroy APC in Enugu State, we met today, 23rd of November, 2021.

That after an exhaustive discussion and review of the illegal and unconstitutional events of 16th October, 2021 where a sham took place in the name of a purported APC State Congress, we want to state as follows;

That prior to the date of the scheduled congress, the stakeholders and party members of the APC in Enugu State pursuant to Article 20 (i)(a) of the APC Constitution, held series of meetings for purposes of zoning and possibly agreeing on candidates for the election by consensus.

That the first of such meetings, called by the former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani, who is a member of the National Caretaker Committee of the Party, held on two months ago on the 23rd day of September, 2021. At the said meeting, a nine-man Committee headed by Chief Hon. Emma Okenwa was appointed to review the issue of zoning of the political offices and to report back to the stakeholders.

That on the 10th of October, 2021, at a re-convened meeting of the stakeholders, the said Okenwa-led Committee submitted their report, which zoned the respective political offices for the State Congress to the three Senatorial districts of Enugu State to wit; East, North and West. The said report was unanimously adopted by the stakeholders, who then directed the different Districts to go home and further micro-zone and possibly come up with consensus candidates for adoption by the stakeholders and party members.

That the stakeholders of the Enugu West Senatorial District met on 14th October, 2021 at the Dome Event Centre, New Haven Enugu, to consider the micro-zoning of the positions allotted to them including the position of State Chairman.

The meeting which was convened by His Excellency, Sullivan Chime, former Governor of Enugu State and the only member of Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Party from the Enugu West Senatorial District, was well attended by the stakeholders/party members from the District including the Acting State Chairman of the Party, Prince Gil Chikwado Chukwunta.

That at the meeting, the stakeholders micro-zoned those offices amongst the two Federal Constituencies within the District to wit; Aninri/Awgu/Oji-River Federal Constituency and Ezeagu/Udi Federal Constituency.

That the office of Chairman among others was zoned to Aninri/Awgu/Oji-River Federal Constituency.

That the stakeholders at the meeting, after considering and adopting the micro-zoning of the offices, considered the candidates for the various positions for the election with a view to agreeing on consensus candidates.

That following the step down of the other candidates for the office of the Chairman and after deliberations by the stakeholders, Group Captain Joe Orji was unanimously adopted as the consensus candidate for the office of State Chairman.

That at the re-convened meeting of the entire stakeholders in the State called by Sen. Nnamani aforementioned on the 15th of October, 2021, all the three Senatorial Districts submitted their lists of their consensus candidates for adoption.

That all the candidates as contained in the various lists from the three different senatorial districts to wit East, North and West, were unanimously adopted.

That subsequently, in the evening of the same day, Group Capt Orji was successfully screened by the Committee that was sent to the State by the National Caretaker Committee led by Dr. Ijeoma Arodiogbu.

That however, on the 16th of October, 2021, which was the day scheduled for the State Congress, the said Congress Committee without publishing the list of delegates for the Congress and without conducting the accreditation of delegates arbitrarily without prior notice moved the Congress from its original venue at the Golden Royale Event Centre, Independence Layout, Enugu to Destiny Event Centre, New Haven Enugu.

That on getting wind of the change of venue, that thousands of delegates who had come to formally ratify all the consensus candidates as elected officials of the Party arrived at the new venue but were denied access to the venue by hired thugs stationed at the entrance. While at the gate, the members of the Congress Committee arrived and were let into the new venue by the said thugs.

That within ten minutes of their said arrival, the said Committee were whisked away from the venue consequent upon the commotion and fracas that ensued within and outside the venue between the delegates and the thugs.

That though we were denied access into the venue, we could see all the happenings within the Event Centre as it was an open arena.

That the members of the Committee were taken straight to the Enugu Airport, from where they flew back to Abuja that evening without any Congress activity taking place.

That no Congress held in Enugu on the 16th of October, 2021.

That no local State Congress Committee was constituted or participated in the purported Congress.

That we later heard and saw on the social media that one Hyacinth Ugochukwu Agballah from Udi in Ezeagu/Udi Federal Constituency claimed to have been declared elected as the Chairman by the said Committee.

That the said Ugochukwu Agballa was a member of the PDP, a rival political party in the State as at the second week of July, 2021, when he publicly indicated intention to join our dear party as a member and by which time the revalidation/registration exercise of members and new members of the party had been suspended pending the conclusion of Congresses and National Convention.

That the said Ugochukwu Agballa purportedly obtained an old discarded membership card slip which was backdated and attached same to his nomination form.

That the said Ugochukwu Agballa is not a registered member of APC and therefore lacks the right to vote or be voted for into any of the elective positions of the Party (See Article 9.3(i) of the Constitution of the Party).

That the said Ugochukwu Agballa is not a registered voter and does not have INEC Voters Card.

That with the above illegal and unconstitutional developments, that petitions and complaints have been sent to the relevant organs of the party including the Enugu State Congress Appeals Committee, the National Working Committee and the National Reconciliation Committee, denouncing the charade that took place on the 16th of October, 2021 and its dire consequences for the survival of our party in Enugu State.

It is important and unfortunate to note that this travesty is being championed, promoted and supported by one of our respected sons, the Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and his hirelings.

It should also be noted that Mr Onyeama is the only leader of our party in Enugu State who has tacitly refused to sign the zoning agreement as adopted by the APC in Enugu State.

 

OUR POSITION

That the purported return of Ugochukwu Agballa as the Chairman-elect of the APC in Enugu State be nullified.

That the said Ugochkwu Agballa and his enablers are acting alone and pursuing their selfish and destructive agenda. Neither do they have the mandate or represent the interest of APC Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency or APC Enugu West Senatorial District.

That as the consensus candidate for the office of APC State Chairman, Enugu State that Group Capt. Orji be declared and inaugurated as the new State Chairman of the Party in the State without further delay.

That all the consensus candidates as contained in the list submitted by the three Senatorial Districts and as endorsed by the stakeholders/Party members be declared as the new executives of the party in the State.

That since the consensus lists from Enugu East and Enugu North Senatorial Districts remain intact, that the Enugu West Senatorial Consensus list agreed to, adopted and signed by Enugu West stakeholders should not be tampered with.

That we urge leaders of the party in Enugu East and Enugu North Senatorial Districts who benefited from the zoning and consensus agreement, especially His Excellency Senator Ken Nnamani who midwifed the Zoning and Consensus agreement, to speak out and condemn the unconstitutional actions of elements within our party working with non members of APC to destroy APC in Enugu State.

That the State, South East and National leadership of our great party should take immediate actions to redress this illegal, unconstitutional and avoidable crisis foisted on the Enugu State Chapter of the party by the 2021 Enugu State Congress Committee led by Dr Ijeoma Arodiogbu.

That if nothing is done urgently to correct this anomaly that our position as APC Enugu West is that ZONING IS DEAD IN APC, ENUGU STATE.

Consequent on non remediation of this injustice, we will call on all sons and daughters of Enugu West, both within and outside our party who have interest in contesting for Governorship of Enugu State or National offices of the party, to jump into the ring as all offices will be thrown open.

Finally we remind all members of our great party that the debacle and disgraceful defeat of APC in the just concluded Anambra Governorship Election is still fresh in our minds

That woeful embarrassment was as a result of the imposition of unpopular candidates and unconstitutionality perpetrated by enemies within our party, whose only agenda is to destroy APC and make it unable to win elections in the South East.

As a popular igbo adage says “Lets search for a black sheep when there is still daylight”. A stitch in time saves nine.

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