The chairman of the Enugu state chapter of the All progressive congress (APC), Mr Ugochukwu Agballah has dismissed the ongoing plot to unseat him by a section of stakeholders of the party in the state.
The former Senate President Ken Nnamani, Foreign Affairs minister Onyema Ugochukwu, Sullivan.1. Chime Immediate Past Governor of Enugu State, General JOJ Okoloagu Board Member NDIC, Sen. Ayogu Eze Board Member NPA and Former APC Guber Candidate Enugu State, Barr. Eugene Odo former Rt. Hon Speaker, Enugu State, Barr. Ifeanyi Nwoga Former Attorney General, Enugu State, Chief Onyemuche Nnamani Member South East and Mr Osita Okechukwu Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON) have in a petition calling on the Sen Abdullahi Adamu led national working committee (NWC) to sack Agballah and replaced him with a caretaker executive committee.
Agballah in a statement made available to reporters in Abuja described the stakeholders as Abuja-based politicians who are of little or no value to the prospects of the party in Enugu state.
According to him: “First from the day the convention ended I and Chief Uche Nnaji APC governorship candidate for Enugu State have been on a tour of the 260 wards in Enugu State.
“We have not wasted one day. Below are the footages of the ward tour and the of wards we have covered. Prior to Uche Nnaji’s nomination, nobody has ever given a dime to any ward. None of these eminent personalities has ever contributed one dime to the party at the State, local ward, zonal or national level.
“None of them have been seen in their wards. Chief Nnaji has been sponsoring ward, LGA and State meetings since he indicated interest to run as governorship candidate.
“The truth is that we the State Executive asked all leaders and stakeholders to relocate from Abuja and go and strengthen their wards and none agreed.
“They want me to be holding meetings with them in Abuja unfortunate I have relocated to the wards and have visited almost 180 wards as of today. As of this minute am sending my report from Olo ward in Ezeagu LGA.
“These eminent personalities are all APC in Abuja and PDP in Enugu no wonder none of them has ever publicly condemned the bad performing Ebeano cabal that has ruled Enugu for 23 years. Let them show or refer the press to a media report where they have ever done so.
“These eminent personalities and public office holders are mostly unknown in their various wards and do not participate in any APC activity in their various wards no wonder none of them won their respective polling booths in. 2015 and 2019.
“If they did so I challenge them to present the result sheet to the press. I also challenge them to present evidence of their attendance in any meeting of their wards since Oct 2021 when I was elected State Chairman and when I insisted every stakeholder and stakeholders should attend ward and LG A meetings.
“That was why these great leaders could only return 2% of the total votes cast in the 2019 elections. And they are at it again but they forget I have more experience than them all and will not succumb to their unnecessary distractions. My eyes are on the ball.
“Every election year they create a crisis. They did it to Nwoye a few months to the 2015 election and repeated it in the 2019 election. These are comprador PDP in the night APC in the morning members.”
“I do not want to return two percent of the total votes cast that is why I have relocated to the wards and polling booths. Nevertheless, if the National leadership wants me to abandon the wards and relocate to Abuja and run the party from the office of the all-powerful PA to the Minister of Foreign Affairs or from the office of Osita Okechukwu or Ken Nnamani at Aso Villa or from Markurdi in Benue State the matrimonial home of Ginika Tor I will gladly do so.
“To work with these men is to hand over our winning strategies to PDP as President Buhari found out belatedly in 2019 to his utter regret for it is only in Enugu that APC returned 2 percent. PDP knows we are sending them out of Lion building come 2023.
“Since my assumption of office and Nomination of the governorship and other solid candidates our membership has grown by over 700 percent and is growing daily.”