The three-man election committee for the July 31 district congress of the Congress of All Progressives, APC, in Enugu state, has assured party members that the winners will emerge through an open and credible process. .
The Committee headed by Mr. Alex Osuagwu from Imo State met with party members from the district to the state level at the APC Secretariat in Enugu on Monday.
Osuagwu said the sale of forms had started, urging those who made the payments to submit their evidence.
He said that the committee would always be available at the Secretary of State to attend to applicants.
At the beginning of his speech, APC Enugu State President Dr. Ben Nwoye said that those interested in any position should go grassroots campaigning.
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He said the notion that some people were members of the PDP should be dropped.
“We don’t have a PDP member in our party, anyone who has our card is a member
“You have been a member, you have not done anything in your neighborhood, now someone joins with a large number of followers and what you do is that the person who is making the party grow is a member of the PDP
“We have a lot of governors abandoning the leaking umbrella, even here in the southeast, like the governor of Ebonyi state, would you say those people are still members of the PDP?
“If you feel that you are so popular in the party, mobilize your own supporters and defeat the person you consider to be the PPD,” Nwoye said.
The president also warned against using security agencies to intimidate members during Congress, emphasizing that “we don’t want gunmen following the big Ogas around the voting areas that day. Let the security agencies, the escorts stay away, let it not turn into intimidation
“The police should be there to keep the peace and observe things, not the personal police attached to some members.
“Voting is only for registered members, even if you registered before but did not revalidate, you cannot vote. The registration has stopped, we cannot open it for anyone, we cannot do a selective registration.
“Only the National Secretariat can request another round of registration. You can come and join us, but not for the purposes of this Congress, you cannot vote, you cannot contest ”.
The party also reaffirmed that five previously expelled people would not participate in Congress in any way, as they were no longer credentialed party members.
Among them are Deacon Okey Ogbodo, Barr. Chike Omeje, Chinedu Okosisi, Chief Godwin Onuora and Ruphus Nwagu.
In a comment, a former candidate for governor of the party, Barr. Okey Ezea praised the members for their resistance despite operating as an opposition party in the state.
He said, “Many people have suffered with nothing to show for it, but God will fix it in 2023, and the only way we will do it is through unity and love.”
“On the topic of the neighborhood congress, I heard that some people were writing a list, even in my neighborhood, I told them to forget it.
“The congress will be held on Saturday and anything outside of it is a waste of time
“Some people who claim to be leaders should not sit inside their rooms and write names and take them to Abuja. Leaders are known for their grassroots influence, ”he added.
Meanwhile, a stalwart of the Popular Democratic Party, PDP, in the state of Enugu, Barr. Ugo Agballa has raised a tent with the APC.
He was at the party stakeholder meeting where the chairman, Nwoye, introduced him to the constitution and the party symbol (broom).
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