By Joseph Erunke
Nwosu,a chieftain of the party,noted that sidelining founders of the party by the leadership was the reason APC’s fortitude was waning across the country.
According to Nwosu, APC leadership abandoned those that planted and nurtured the party in the Southeast and instead handed over the structure of the party to defectors from other parties that never knew how APC was founded.
He maintained that except the party retraces its steps conducts free and fair primary and declare the winner without manipulation in the forth coming 2013 general elections and reconcile the aggrieved old members, it may not recover from the self afflicted crisis before the 2023 general election.
In his words, “what is happening to APC in the Southeast is a result of poor reward system, the party undermined those that worked so hard to plant the party in the zone and instead embraced new comers who do not have what it takes to endear the party to the people. Is the founding fathers of the party are not appeased and handed back the reigns of the APC, the fortune will continue to go down”.
On how to revitalize the party ahead the 2023 elections, Nwosu advised that the party leadership should consult the founding members of the APC in the zone like former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, Minister of science and technology Dr Ogbonna Onu, George Moghalu, among others and open genuine discussions that will engender genuine reconciliation.
“The party leadership can’t ignore those that worked so hard and invested their resources and time and expect to continue to win elections. The party can’t gloss over the fact that all is not well, but all hope is not lost if it can reconcile the aggrieved leaders. What happened in Anambra State governorship election is a confirmation of the fact that the party vied off the original plan but all that can be remedied”.