THE Anambra State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed as false reports of leadership crisis in the party.
In a statement by Okelo Madukaife, the party said its interim state chairman would emerge after the harmonization of the excos of the parties that merged.
His words: “We re-confirm, in line with a statement earlier issued by the combined executive of the three legacy parties in APC- ACN, CPC and ANPP, that the Interim National Executive Committee of our party which initially proposed congresses for the Anambra State structures between August 24 and 28 2013, later modified the decision and set up harmonisation committees to choose the leadership of the state chapter through a harmonisation of the three executives.
“Hence the Interim National Committee through the National Vice Chairman (South East) of our party duly informed INEC about the deferment of the Congress.
As a chapter, we are therefore awaiting the commencement of work for the Harmonisation Committee with respect to Anambra State who will choose one officer from many such, carried over in the component parties.
“The Chairman and Secretaries in the Component parties have issued a statement to clarify this position. We stand firmly by that statement.
Therefore, anyone outside this fold does not represent the party in the society in any capacity whatsoever, let alone as state chairman.
For the avoidance of any remaining scintilla of doubt, the State Chairman emeritus of the ACN, Pastor CC Nnoli, Acting State Chairman of ANPP at the time of APC registration. While CPC, whose chairman Chuba Ikpeazu voluntarily joined a governorship aspirant in a small party outside the APC fold, has also appointed an arrowhead, pending harmonisation. These three currently co-chair all combined executive session which discharges all skeletal duties intended to avert any vacuum, without rancour.
“Any arrangement that throws up any person laying theatrical claim to the leadership of our party in the chapter amounts to court jesting with internal and external stage managers and our party which surmounted 13 hurdles to get registered do not lack proper will and methods to scale these contrived distractions.
“In the circumstance, anyone who in the time being claims to be the chairman of APC in Anambra state should be ignored by the media and all members of the public, as the Harmonisation committee is yet to complete its assignment of leading the chapter to choose a state chairman.”
…Inaugurates Ngige’s campaign team today
The national leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC, will today, at the Emmaus House in Awka inaugurate the governorship campaign team for its candidate, Senator Chris Ngige.
Chief George Muoghalu, former Anambra governorship candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, is to head the committee, while Senator Osita Izunaso from Imo State is the secretary of the team.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State is the leader of the committee, while Governors Adams Oshiomole, Rauf Aregbesola and Alhaji Umaru Al-Makura are co-leaders.
Other members include Dr. Anyim Nyerere, Chief Tom Ikimi, General Ahmed Abdullahi (rtd), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Madam Sharon Ikeazor, Abubakar Lado Suleja, Olisaemeka Akamukali and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
Also in the committee are Senator George Akume, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, James Ocholi, Abubakar Kari, Charles Odedo, Uzo Igbonwa, Donatus Onyemena, Gozie Agbakoba, C.J. Chinwuba, Chibuzo Obiakor, Mrs. Constance Iloh, Dame Dozie Ikedife and all members of the interim national executive committee of the party from the South East.
Conspicuously missing in the committee is the name of Senator Annie Okonkwo, who was initially named the campaign coordinator for Senator Ngige