Sunday November 28, 2021 6:11 PM

Our party not a rehabilitation center- New Enugu APC Chairman tells opponent

The Chairman-elect of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, Comrade Adolphus Ude has issued strong statement against Chief Ugo Agballa, asking him to perish any hope of leading the party in the State.

It was learnt that Agballah, who joined the party a few weeks ago, was elected during one of the parallel congresses held in the State, as chairman.

Speaking during acceptance speech, Ude who was elected during a congress held at the party’s secretariat in Enugu, declared that the APC would not turn into a rehabilitation centre for aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members.

He thanked “the foundation legacy members and those who since joining the party had shown unwavering and passionate commitment to upgrading the progressive ideals of our great party. For we are progressives who earnestly believe in promoting equity, natural justice and prosperity.

“Permit us as well to commend those who contested with us; for their gallant efforts and their acknowledgment of the sanctity of free and fair election, hallmark of internal democracy which characterised our State Congress Election.

“We also commend members who stood on the principles of equity, and natural justice, that since the chairmanship was zoned to Enugu West Senatorial District; that fairness demands that Greater Awgu should take the slot, rather than our brothers of old Udi. Old Udi holds not only the only Grade A Federal Ministerial slot, only Director General, but once held the only National Party office slot for Enugu State.”

“It is in this context that we humbly appeal to Chief Ugochukwu Agballah to honourably first spend a few months to learn the peculiar Progressive DNA of members of our great party before aspiring to chair us. For we only know Chief Agballah as a PDP veteran who was not well rewarded.

“If Agballah was Chief of Staff to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi could he have resigned? The Cardinal Question is – Is APC a Rehabilitation Center for aggrieved PDP Members? Capital No!

“Therefore, it is pertinent to warn the same leaders who ignobly recruited Chief Agballah as they recruited Reverend Okey Ogbodo to factionalise our great party that the outcome was APC’s woeful performance in 2019 general elections. Should we go failure way again? No! Dump him now like Ogbodo before it is too late.

“We had since 2013, toiled, sweated and sacrificed to build and construct the attractive APC Brand from 60,000 membership to over 180,000 committed party members whose Progressive DNAs sincerely Agballah doesn’t know. He should join first, before he destroys the sacrifice of our members, some of whom were never rewarded,” he further stated.

He added that “as the erstwhile chairman of Contact and Mobilization Committee, my executive appeals that we need peace and harmony from all and sundry to utilise our over 180,000 membership to win gubernatorial election in 2023 and occupy Lion Building. Let nobody stop us. Let nobody stand in our way.”

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