Immediate past Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu, Dr. Ben Nwoye has said the expulsion of the party’s chairman, Barr. Ugochukwu Agballah is for its good in the state.
Nwoye spoke to journalists, weekend, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, where he lamented the high rate of defection of leaders of the party in the state to other political parties.
He blamed the development on alleged high-handedness and bad leadership style of Agballah.
The Trumpet had reported that Agballah was sacked from the party on Friday by his Udi/Agbudu ward in Udi Council Area of the State.
Reacting to Agballah’s expulsion, Nwoye stressed the need for unity among members of the party, especially as the 2023 general election gathers steam.
The former Chairman stated that Agballah’s leadership style “led to the exit of some of our notable leaders with their teeming supporters to other parties,” describing his sack as a right step in the right direction.
Nwoye also saluted the courage of the executive members of the Udi/Agbudu ward for doing the needful, stressing that they had the right to do so.
He named some of the key leaders of the party in the State that recently defected to other political parties to include a former Nigerian Envoy to the Republic of India, Major General Chris Eze, (Rtd.), Enugu State APC Governorship Candidate in 2015, Barr. Okey Ezea, Zonal Chairman of Enugu East Senatorial district, Chief Emma Okenwa, among others.
Nwoye, a Federal Commissioner, advised Agballah to stop parading himself as state Chairman of the party, as his expulsion had the APC constitutional backing.
On the claims that the signatories to Agballah’s expulsion were not the authentic ward leadership, Nwoye said “the certified true copy is there both with the INEC and the National Secretariat of our party. Their names are clearly there as the executive members of the party in Udi/Agbudu ward.”
He recalled that former national chairmen of both the APC and the PDP, Adams Oshiomhole and Okwy Nwodo, respectively, were similarly sacked by members of their ward executives.
According to him, stakeholders of the party have agreed that there was a need to unite and move the party forward to win the 2023 election in the State.
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