By Chijindu Emeruwa
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State, has berated attempts by those it described by renegades, moles and usurpers to continue to promote animosity in the party fold, especially, among critical stakeholders in the State chapter.
The Party claimed that the moles were commissioned to author and sponsored spurious publications aimed at promoting rancour, and suspicion within the APC, thereby sabotaging the mandate given to the National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee-led by Governor Mai Mala Buni, to pursue full reconcilation among all aggrieved party members.
The Imo APC, in a press statement signed by the Publicity Secretary in the State, Onwuasoanya FCC Jones, and made available to AKELICIOUS on Tuesday, insisted that no court in Nigeria has dissolved the Daniel Nwafor led State Working Committee, SWC, of APC, adding that neither is there any order restraining the State Chairman of the Party or any member of the executive elected in July 2018 from continuing to function in their official capacities as elected officials of the Party.
APC also insisted that Barrister Marcelinus Nlemigbo and cohorts were impostors, whose acclaimed position it posited, remained unknown to the All Progressives Congress, APC, and it’s constitution.
Parts of the statement read, “As a responsible political organization, the All Progressives Congress in Imo State will not lend itself to lies and willful misinterpretation of unambiguous judicial pronouncements, hence, we would once more reiterate that; the purported dissolution and inauguration of a Caretaker Committee by the erstwhile Chairman of our Party, was in contempt of subsisting court judgement and in contravention of provisions of our Constitution, hence, remains an illegality.
“We have analyzed the processes served on our Party as it affects Philip Umeadi’s suit asking the Supreme Court to enforce its judgement on Uche Nwosu versus Action People’s Party, and we have found that neither Uche Nwosu nor anyone close to him is involved in the recent challenge against our Party’s victory at the Supreme Court. We remain unshaken in our resolve to protect our Party’s interests, legitimately. Ugwumba Uche Nwosu remains one of the most valuable and committed leaders of our Party in the State and we have his assurances that he will not lend himself to anything that would hurt the interest of the Party and his repudiation of any court action against our Party is well-documented and properly noted.
“We note that some aspirants may have been deceived into believing that the APC ticket will be given out to either the highest bidder or the person who most receives the anointing of some high placed, but notorious fraudtocrats, whose membership of the Party remains validly debatable. The true position of things is that the Party has advised those interested in vying for the vacant Imo North Senate seat to work hard towards gaining the confidence of Party members in Imo North Senatorial District. The Party shall not sell its ticket to moneybags, but to the most popular and most acceptable of all the real aspirants, as the Party shall conduct a transparent and people-driven nomination process. We also wish to further warn these aspirants that Chief Marcellinus Nlemigbo is not an official of the Party at any level and anyone dealing with him, does so at his or her own risk.
“Chief Marcelinus Nlemigbo and his group do not speak for our party and their recent falsehoods and divisive speeches against some of our leaders should be understood as being part of their assignments to destroy the Party. We restate that every member of the Party is very valuable to us and deserve all the respect we can accord them. His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha remains the number one vision bearer of our Party in the State, and no responsible Party member would lend himself to any utterance or action that may aim at deriding him.
“We also note with disappointment complaints from across civil servants and pensioners in the State; while many complain of being owed several months in arrears, there are also complaints of selective payment to mostly junior workers, as well as an unexplained reduction in the salaries and pensions due to some categories of workers and pensioners. The Party appeals to civil servants and pensioners in the State for more understanding and patience as we continue to prevail on government to fast-track the processes for the equitable, transparent and non-controversial payment of salary arrears and pensions. It is not in the character of our Party to owe civil servants and pensioners and we are hopeful that in no distant time, our hardworking civil servants and patriotic senior citizens shall smile again. The Party also uses this opportunity to further plead with the governor, His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma, to pay these civil servants and pensioners, as the continued delay in the payment of salaries and pensions is harmful to the image and acceptability of our Party in the State”.
Meanwhile, in its reaction, the Marcelinus Nlemigbo-led factional leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State said that it has total support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC National Caretaker Committee led by Yobe State Governor, Mala Buni.
The APC faction, in a release last week, warned that it would consider alternative of taking disciplinary action against erring leaders and members of the party, reiterating that the Imo State chapter of the APC was undeterred in its quest to provide good governance to the people.
It however urged ex-Governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha and hirelings to cease in creating disaffections and problems, insisting that there was no acrimony among APC members in Imo State.