By Emeka Mamah
Enugu — The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State has appointed some notable politicians who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, into the state caucus of the party, as part of its strategy to win the 2019 governorship elections in the state.
The new caucus members included governor of old Anambra State, Sen Jim Nwobodo; former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; immediate past governor of the state, Mr Sullivan Chime; former military governor of Gombe State, Group Captain Joe Orji, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Others included Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu; transport magnet and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Peace Mass Transit Ltd, Evangelist Sam Onyishi; former Secretary to Enugu State Government, SSG, Chief Onyemauche Nnamani, and governorship candidate of the party in the 2015 general elections, Chief Okechukwu Ezea.
Also, appointed into the caucus were former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Eugene Odoh; party financier, Emperor Baywood Ibe, and former National Secretary of PDP, Chief Rex Onyeabor, among others.
State chairman of APC, Dr Ben Nwoye, who inaugurated the caucus at the party secretariat in Enugu, weekend, said the new caucus, which he would also head in line with the party’s constitution, was part of efforts to reposition the party towards winning the 2019 general elections in the state.
In his speech at the event, South-East vice chairman of APC, Emma Eneukwu, represented by the zonal publicity secretary, Chief Hyacinth Ngwu, commended Nwoye, and his executive committee members for their vibrancy, noting that the state chapter of the party was the first in the South-East zone to inaugurate its caucus. Eneukwu and Ngwu are also members of the caucus.
Also speaking, the Director General, VON, Chief Okechukwu, said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government was fulfilling its campaign promises to the state, stressing that aside from provision of loans to cooperative groups, the Federal Government recently attracted a South African mining firm to partner the Enugu State government, in the revival of Enugu coal mines to generate electricity and boost the economy of Ndigbo.
Senator Nwobodo, was however, unavoidably absent as he was busy coordinating the party’s committee on November 2017, Anambra State governorship election.