Obiora Ifoh, Abuja
Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-east have warned President Muhammadu Buhari to disassociate himself from the purported unity list in circulation, threatening that the re-election bid of tne president was at the stake if in the region.
Addressing newsmen at the APC national secretariat yesterday, four out five state chairmen from the South-east said any attempt to ignore the earlier endorsement of the outgoing national officers for re-election will be an aberration on their part.
The state chairmen are Chief Ben Nwoye of Enugu, Eze Nwachukwu Eze of Ebonyi and Donatus Nwankpa of Abia and Emeka Obasi of Anambra. Speaking on behalf of the chairmen, Chief Ben Nwoye said it was not possible to have a unity list ahead of Saturday’s convention without considering the interest of South-east people in the ruling party.
“You cannot have a unity list when one geo-political zone is not considered. that is a mis-normal, you cannot consider that to be a unity list. if you meet in a hall where you have just governors and South-east has just one governor, and that one governor is the only opinion you took out of 5 states and you produce a list, that is not a unity list.
“Infact that is a disunity list and the only way you can correct the disunity list is through democratic list. If that individual is popular, they take on and they show up instead of canvassing and waiting for former this and former that making phone calls to people that if they produce this so called unity list which I tag disunity list, it will cause mr president the election in south east, it will cause disaffection.
“We are doing this not because of us. you cannot disregard Jim Nwobodo, you can’t disregard Orji Uzor Kalu, Ogbonaya Onu, Chris Ngige, Martin Elechi, Sulivan Chime, Andy Ubah, Ugbo Orji, Benjamina Umagimoju and state chairmen. These are great leaders.
“If you produce a list that wants affront to the needs, demands and opinions of these leaders, that means we will go back to 2015 when we were all able to contribute to vote . These are people that their own idea with all these entrants, we are sure to win south East for president Muhammadu Buhari anyone putting up a unity list that fails to be all inclusive of our leaders is doing no good, infact its doing harm to the opportunities we have already created.
“These state chairmen have raised the statue of our party in the south-east. We were being called Boko haram but we stood our ground. At the point we were standing our ground, most of the people they are listening now were not there.
“We have people who are ably qualified to lead the party from the South-East so the concentration is you adapt people from your zone. we are made up of different fabrics of people and ideas but when one leaves say north East, North West or North Central, and dives into the positions of south East, its offensive.
“When they gather on in any forum, let’s say the governor’s forum, their meeting so they discuss areas that pertain to the party, when you start then to decide whom you will choose as a national vice chairman.
“Remember every of the NEC has a vote that affects the entire country or the entire party including the organizing secretary but it doesn’t mean that you will leave your state, leaving the composition of your state and go to south east and say we are going to do favour to our governor and that is what we are objecting to.
“If you are not pleased with our candidate let there be vote, let the people vote. So we are prepared as south east with our delegates to either take on option A with the south east, or the ballot paper and demonstrate that these people are actually people that we want to lead us.”
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