APC major stakeholders shun Tinubu’s Enugu rally

The crisis afflicting the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State worsened on Wednesday, when major party stakeholders boycotted the party’s presidential campaign rally in the state.

The party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, was reportedly greeted by major APC stakeholders at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport before proceeding to Michael Okpara Square, where he addressed supporters.

However, state party leaders such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; a former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani; a former governor of the state, Sullivan Chime; a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Eugene Odoh; and a former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Onyemuche Nnamani, among others, did not attend the rally.

Also absent were the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu, the immediate past chairman of the party in the state, Ben Nwoye; and a presidential aide, Mrs Juliet Ibekaku.

While the presidential candidate headed to the venue of the rally, the aggrieved party leaders met at Chime’s Enugu residence, where they addressed journalists.

They said their absence at the rally was to send a signal to the national leadership of the APC that something urgent must be done over the crisis in the state chapter of the party.

Blames were heaped on the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, for allegedly hijacking the APC structure in Enugu State, thereby disorganising the party.

The various speakers, including Chime, Nnamani and Odoh said they were not privy to all the preparations and programme for the rally.

They, however, described Tinubu as a good candidate, assuring stakeholders that they would work for his victory in the presidential election.

 

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