- National heads of the APC have beckoned upon by party members in Imo to help resolve and settle the disputation ravaging the unity in the state's politics
- APC members in the state urged its NWC led by the party’s national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun to prevent the dispute from destroying their chances ahead of the 2019 election
- Addressing the issues, Odigie-Oyegun said all the petitions will be looked into and resolved
The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) led by the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, on Wednesday, May 2, met with stakeholders of the party from Imo State with a view to resolving the disputes in the state chapter.
Eze Madumere, the deputy governor of the state, senator representing Imo North, Ben Uwajumogu; the national organizing secretary of the party, Osita Izunaso, Ifeanyi Ararume and some state executives met with the leadership at the party’s national secretariat and submitted a memo to the NWC, listing contentious matters prevailing in the state, Premium Times reports.
Okey Ikoro, on behalf of the Imo APC members, urged the party’s national leadership to handle the disputation with immediacy in order to avoid jeopardising the party’s chances in the state and indeed the south-east region in view of the 2019 general elections.
Responding to the development, Odigie-Oyegun said the party leadership will address petition and proffer solutions to the issues presented.
Odigie-Oyegun said: “I thank you for coming jointly. I promise, on behalf of the NWC that we will do, one, all we can to maintain level playing ground. Two, pursue avenues for a reconciliation of the various groups and tendencies in Imo state.
"And I want to also urge on your part that you should be ready for peace, you should be ready for compromise. At the end of the day, it is the vote that counts whether inside the party, or when finally a general election comes.
“You are the stakeholders, you are the bulk, the strength, the muscle of the party in Imo state. Well, it is time to prove it in the next few days and in the next few weeks.
“Imo must lead the charge in the entire South-east. So, it is a painful thing to see that we are divided but I am happy that in your speech you have opened doors of unity.
"I want to assure you that we on our side will do everything possible to take up your complaints, your reservations so that an acceptable compromise can be reached that will make it possible for us to fight as one party. I am not unaware of the issues.
"I am certainly not unaware. I am a Nigerian. As party national chairman, all of these issues come to my table. There has to be unity but there cannot be unity without justice. So there must be justice.”
Members of the NWC in attendance at the meeting were the national secretary, Mai Mala Buni, deputy national chairman (North), Lawali Shuaibu, the national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, national auditor, George Moughalu, national treasurer, Bala Gwagwarwa, national vice chairman (North-east) and the national vice chairman (south-east), Emma Eneukwu.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) restoration coalition in the state on Sunday, March 18, said that it would not accept a local government election aimed at boosting the 2019 gubernatorial ambition of Governor Rochas Okorocha's son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.
The coalition made this resolution in a meeting held in Orlu West local government area, home of former deputy speaker, Donatus Ozoemena, and signed by their leader, Theodore Ekechi.
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