By MARK ITSIBOR, Abuja
Enugu state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene in the leadership tussle threatening to tear the party apart. The Comrade Adulphus Ude-led faction of the party made the call yesterday in a letter titled: “Recent Developments in Enugu State APC and Averting Impending Mayhem”, addressed to the President.
Addressing a press conference that was convened by candidate of the party for House of Representatives election in the state, Hon. Ejike Njeze yesterday in Abuja, Ude and his team said they are seeking the President’s intervention on the reported cases of corruption with the APC in Enugu under the embattled party chairman, Mr. Ben Nwoye and the Southeast zonal vice chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Eneukwu.
“Our resolve is to purge APC of compromised leadership and PDP moles within the party. We seek your intervention because the current trend of factionalisation in the state is harmful and will have negative consequence on any electoral progress we intend to make in 2019,” the letter read in part.
The Ude faction said that the President’s intervention “will avert an impeding mayhem and possible bloodshed as these competing factions battle to take hold of the party secretariat” even as the outstanding issues remain unresolved. “We respectfully implore you tom come to our aid as the current crisis is an avoidable distraction,” it added.
Udeh and other officials of the state executive of the party earlier this month announced the suspension of the state chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, citing various allegations of misconduct, misappropriation of party funds and signing of party funds without authorization from the state working committee.
The action was taken allow for an independent committee to objectively investigate the allegations of impropriety against Nwoye, a chieftain of the party, Barrister Ejikeme Ugwu said while addressing reporters yesterday. “Instead of submitting himself to investigation, Mr. Ben Nwiye refused all summons to answer to answer to the allegations against him,” Ugwu added.
He said the zonal vice chairman and the national working committee of the party has refused to arbitrate in the matter because “the national vice chairman of the party in the Southeast is a collaborator and sponsor of Mr. Ben Nwoye in their effort to run the party with opacity and double standard.”
In a dramatic twist, the Nwoye-led faction of the party, turned the table against Ude and his co-travelers, suspending them and ordering their investigation for allegedly forcefully breaking into the party secretariat, catered away vital documents.