By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—THE Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday after its State Working Committee/Stakeholders meeting in Abakaliki, condemned and rejected the purported zoning formula adopted by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and other members loyal to him.
Recall that a factional group of the APC loyal to the minister had on Monday, 14 May at Nkwegu Ugbala Grand Arena in Abakaliki adopted a zoning formula for all the 39 executive positions which according to them was aimed at executing a peaceful and rancour-free congress which would help to position the party for the 2019 governorship election in the state.
In a statement signed in Abakaliki and issued to newsmen by the embattled State chairman, Chief Ben Nwobasi and the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Ngaji Nwodo, the party declared the adopted zoning formula by the Minister null and void as it does not represent the general interest and wishes of party members in the state.
The statement read in part: “That we condemn in its entirety the purported re-zoning done in disregard to the guidelines for the state congress as we wish to state that the 2014 zoning formula remains as directed by the party.
“We state categorically that the new zoning formula as adopted by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and his cohorts is null and void and does not represent the general interest and wishes of the party members in the state
“It is therefore unfortunate that this anti-party activity and indiscipline is being championed by Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who is a serving minister in the government of the ruling party.
“That we hereby resolve and it is resolved that the zoning formula as at 2014 congress remains intact in Ebonyi state. Therefore, party faithful and interested contestants for the state congress should prepare to run for the state congress in the state according to the APC’s guidelines and zoning formula as at 2014.
“That the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and his cohorts cannot be allowed to perpetrate such illegality in Ebonyi state for their selfish end. We state therefore that the purported re-zoning is a sabotage intended to further deplete the electoral fortunes of the APC in Ebonyi state in the 2019 general elections.”