Tinubu’s 2023 largesse divides Enugu APC, crisis deepens

By Charles Onyekwere, ABAKALIKI

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the crisis rocking the leadership of All progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, has taken another dimension over campaign largesse from the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The party leaders, led by former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani had told the national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu to constitute a caretaker Committee for the party in the State, The Trumpet gathered.

However, the governorship candidate of the party, Chief Uche Nnaji, who spoke during a stakeholder meeting of the South-East Secretariat on Sunday said, the demand for the removal of Barr. Ugochukwu Agballah as the State Chairman was an exercise in futility.

Chief Nnaji, who made the proposition before it was unanimously carried by members at the meeting, said that Tinubu’s campaign fund was the cause of the current crisis rocking the Enugu State chapter of the APC.

Speaking on the development, Nnaji said, “We learnt of the mischief going on among our brothers, but the mischief will not go anywhere under our watch. About six months to election, you want to remove the State exco of a party that is doing very well.

“When we took over, there was no party, it was existing for another party, which was paying them. We asked those ones to leave, and we are happy they have left.

“Most of these gladiators don’t have presence in any ward. Some of them, their ward is owing rent for two years, they can’t pay N30,000.

“Yet, they want to remove a capacity chairman. You can’t touch an exco that is doing super well.

“Tinubu’s money is behind the APC crisis in Enugu State. They want to create confusion, after which they will say, there is faction, divide the campaign fund.

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“They did it in 2015, did it 2019. The same human beings that did it then are the ones repeating it now.

“I will be meeting with our national chairman on Monday and then with Tinubu on Tuesday. I will tell Tinubu not to bring his money to Enugu.

“Enugu State doesn’t need Tinubu’s money, let them not send it. We will use our money and work. When we finish election, we will go for refund. If they bring it now, they may start killing us.”

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Nnaji equally declared that they were not a party to any 25 percent voting arrangement.

“We reject in strongest term the 25 percent they want to ascribe to us. As it stands now, over 50 percent of the voters are with us.

“Anything less than 70 percent, then we have failed. I challenge everyone to come and check after the election, there will be nothing less than 70 percent,” he boasted.

Earlier in his remark, Agballah said he was on the move to reposition APC in the State and won’t be distracted.

He said, “today, I’m happy that APC is not just ready to take part in this election but poised to win.

“We parade the best, our guber candidate is the best, we can trace the source of his resources. We shall investigate the source of the phantom wealth the other candidates are parading.

“Nobody contesting the governorship election in Enugu State is as clean as our candidate.

“We rejected some candidates that are questionable, we also disqualified some surrogates.”

Meanwhile, at the meeting, the party’s local government and ward chairmen said they remained behind the Agballah-led State Working Committee.

The party started that they would be meeting the APC national chairman to make their stand open.

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