The 260 ward executives elected during the Saturday ward congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, were on Tuesday sworn-in at the party’s secretariat in the State.
Our Source reports that the ward leaders were inaugurated by the Chairman of the APC in the State, Dr. Ben Nwoye in the presence of other members of the State Working Committee of the Party.
At the event, Nwoye accused a former Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eugene Odo hijacking the ward result sheets.
He said it was unfortunate that some so-called leaders were determined to murder democracy and scuttle the position ambition of emerging leaders.
The chairman said, “on Saturday, in the 260 wards of Enugu State, God gave us leaders, I have invited 5 as representatives from each of the wards, including the delegates, you are here representing the others.
“Today, as we inaugurate these five people, I will charge you to go and inaugurate the other members, go home and take over your party. Today, the era of the caretaker Committee at the ward level is over. You were all elected, you should maintain no fear.
“The leadership of the party gave us the go-ahead to conduct the congress and there is nothing in our constitution that prohibits me from inaugurating you.”
Nwoye, however, did not spare the former Speaker, who he accused of attempting to truncate the process.
“Democratic thieves in Enugu State APC attempted to steal your mandate, that was why one Dr. Ijeomah abandoned his medical practice, even in this time of COVID-19, abandoned saving lives and wanted to kill people’s political life.
“Those who sponsored the political robbery, provided a chartered jet for him to come, there is no other State where private jet lifted the Committee except Enugu State, who gave Ijeomah the money?
“I called him on Thursday to come and distribute material, he was nowhere to be found. The national secretariat said you should report to the chairman, but he never did. He showed up with his people, they provided a hotel for him, all the equipment to rob our democratic rights.
“Ijeomah was supposed to bring to Enugu 7207 result sheets, 260 summary sheets, and a record of people that purchased forms, but we saw none of that.”
Nwoye said the same people who were working to kill the party “attempted to open the Southeast Secretariat three times and three times it failed because they wanted to use it for impunity.
“These people now opened the so-called ultra-modern office at night, because Enugu people are awake. On Friday, they lifted your material, took it to the said office, were writing, and the dishonorable ex-Speaker was a supervisor.”
“This is a man that wanted to impeach Sullivan Chime and he himself was impeached, he was chased away from PDP, he came to APC.
“This afternoon, Rt. Hon. Eugene Odo, now dishonorable, was caught at INEC trying to sneak in stolen result sheets, stolen documents. He carried stolen documents into INEC and was caught red-handed,” Nwoye alleged.
He charged the inaugurated exco members to take charge and not be intimidated.
“I’m calling on our leaders in Enugu State, the collective interest of the party is far more important than the inordinate ambition of any one person in 2023. It is only God who can decide the fate of everyone before tomorrow, let alone 2023.
“People are stealing the mandate given by God, apparently because you want to be minister, senator, Governor, and these people who want to be ward executive members, you stole their own.
Earlier, a chieftain of the party, Hon. Hyacinth Ngwu urged the members of the party to close ranks and work together.
“We all believe that the party is supreme, there was the instruction that people should go to their wards and harmonize, that’s why in about 99 percent of the wards, there was the consensus.
“I thank you for going through the right process and doing the right thing, it was monitored by the DSS and the INEC.
“No fear of anyone writing a different result unless the person wants to be undemocratic, but I know none of our leaders is undemocratic
“It is just a rumor to me, no need for fear, the people’s choice must be respected, the list that will be released today or tomorrow must be a reflection of what you did in your various wards.
“In Enugu State, we have one leadership under Ben Nwoye, we have stakeholders but there is no stakeholder above the party leadership, I know all the stakeholders know that and they will respect it,” Ngwu stated.
He congratulated the newly elected ward executive members and delegates, urging them to work for the growth of the party.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Odo denied the allegations, noting that the chairman’s claims were strange to him.
He said it was the duty of the Congress Committee to submit results and that it had nothing to do with him.
The former Speaker added that he would not want to join issues with the Chairman.
Also, the chairman of the Congress Committee, Arodiogbu dismissed the allegations against him.
He equally claimed that the state chairman of the party had no right to inaugurate the ward Chairman as according to him, “the result of the Congress has just been submitted to the National Secretariat in line with guidelines.”