By Emeka Mamah
ENUGU — THE All Progressives Congress, APC, has given the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, a quit notice in Enugu State, saying it will sweep all the positions from councillorship to governorship in 2019, as more political bigwigs join the party.
This was made known by some APC leaders during a meeting to review the on-going registration of new members in the party at Agbani in Enugu East Senatorial District of the state,Monday evening.
About 50,000 new members were said to have joined the APC in the state mostly from the PDP.
Members of the party, who gave PDP the notice, included former governorship candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the state, Chief Gbazuzgu Nweke Gbazuagu; former Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Eugene Odo and the former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Onyemuche Nnamani.
Others are the former Chairman of Enugu Local Government and scion of the former governor of old Anambra State, late Chief Christian Onoh, Mr Gabriel Onoh; APC Chairman in the state, Dr Ben Nwoye and elder brother of Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, Dilibe Onyeama.
This was even as the founding vice chairman of the party in the state, Chief Anike Nwoga, praised Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for conceding his position as leader of the APC in the South East zone to the former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani.
Nwoga said the choice of Nnamani as the new leader of the party in the zone was to ensure cohesion and discipline and praised Okorocha for his pragmatism which he said had brought unity in the party.
Also, speaking, Chief Nnamani said: “In 2015, I, Okey Ezea, Emma Eneukwu and others, begged our people to join APC, but they didn’t talk to us. We went and begged the then Governor, Sullivan Chime to join, but he refused.”
“Igbo put all their eggs in one basket, it fell and the entire eggs broke into pieces. Somebody is now saying it is the turn of Igbo. It is deception. If we follow the people who are there now, the North, after them, it will be the turn of Igbo man.”
Former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Eugene Odo and the former Special Adviser to Governor Sullivan Chime in the state, Mrs Kate Nnamani said that they decamped from the PDP to the APC because the umbrella protecting the members of their former party was now leaking and predicted resounding victory for their new party in the next general elections. Odo said he had never seen a place where a party was doing membership registration and other parties were panicking, adding that by the time they start consultation and campaigns, nobody would remain.
“Nkanu is very critical in Enugu State. The best performing ward in the state should come and collect N200, 000 cash from me,” he added.