More trouble in Enugu APC as Minister’s faction hijacks Appeal Committee

As it was in the beginning during the ward Congress when sensitive materials were hijacked, so it is now with the arrival of the Appeal Committee.

The hijack of the result sheets and other materials for the ward Congress was the beginning of the current crisis in Enugu APC.

The dispute which has factionalized the party is a threat to the anticipated advance in the fortunes of the party in the state ahead 2023 electiions.

The faction believed to be sponsored by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama went ahead to elect a parallel executive led by one Prince Chikwado Nnaji, and set up a factional Secretariat at the Zonal Office of the party.

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That was the full declaration of hostilities.

The attack on the State Party Secretariat where the State Caretaker Chairman Dr. Ben Nwoye was holding a SEC meeting, was a disturbing dimension to the crisis.

However, hopes were high that the Ward Congress Appeal Committee would help resolve part of the issues.

But the reports reaching has it that the appeal has joined the Minister’s faction at the Zonal office rather than get a neutral place to operate from.

Also the reported decision of the Appeal not to have recourse to the Dr. Ben Nwoye led executives on arrival to the state, also sends wrong signals that the committee may have taken sides.

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This is the set up and the mindsets as the Ben Mikko led Appeal Committee committee for Enugu, with Babagana Ajimi as the secretary alongside three other members call for petitions from the warring parties.

A statement issued by Mikko and Ajimi on Friday called on the aggrieved members in Enugu to submit their petitions and complaints to it immediately.

The statement said that “sequel to the just concluded ward congress of the All Progressives Congress, the ward congress appeal committee for Enugu State has been inaugurated.”

It stated that the committee was mandated to receive petitions/complaints arising from the congress held on July 31.

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“The committee hereby invites party members who were aspirants in the said congress to submit petitions/complaints to the committee from 9 am on Aug. 13, to 5 pm on Aug 20.”

The statement requested that such petitions be dropped at the APC southeast Zonal Secretariat, No 80 Nza Street, Independence Layout, Enugu, or through the appeal committee’s email address.
The committee enjoined all parties to ensure that they filed their appeals within the stipulated time.

The loss of confidence in the Appeal Committee is evident and portends further danger towards the peaceful resolution of the Crisis.

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