June 17, 2024

Abia APC crisis: Stakeholders meet in Abuja


By Joseph Erunke, Abuja

Ahead of the forthcoming congress, the All Progressives Congress, APC elected representatives and other stakeholders in Abia State have begun moves aimed at resolving their differences that resulted to factionalisation of the party in the state.

They have called on the leadership of the party to commit to ensuring that all interest groups are duly represented in the party’s state, local government councils as well as ward positions.

The party’s 24 candidates in the 2023  State House of Assembly election at a peace meeting they attended in Abuja, demanded an end to the factionalization of the party in Abia State.

Initiator of the meeting and only elected APC lawmaker in the House of Assembly, Hon. (Barr) Anderson Akaliro, at the meeting, tasked

the national leadership of the party to, as a matter of urgency, “Convoke a meeting and invite all leaders and stakeholders of the party to seek an end to the impasse.”

Hon. Akaliro, who is also the leader of the group, in a communique,tagged: “Abia APC Crisis Peace Initiative”, issued at the end of the meeting, appealed that the proposed meeting should include the South East zonal leadership of the party,all Abuja based party gladiators, key stakeholders, all the 2023 APC candidates to the Abia House of Assembly,National Assembly,with all sitting at a “round table” to get the commitment of all leaders and interest groups to a peace accord.

This, according to him, will be a prelude to a free and fair party primaries in 2026, while calling all gladiators in the crisis to sheath their sword and embrace peace and unity in Abia APC.

“All individual factions within the ranks and files of the party should be resolved, and all factions should fall back into the party as one indivisible unit.

“We are aware of the forthcoming Congress, and we employ the party leadership to commit to ensuring that all interest groups are duly represented in the state, LGA, and ward party positions.

“We want peace in the Abia APC because there are multiple factions, which is why we lost the election.

“24 of us contested for the state assembly election  and 23 lost; the faction contributed to our loss. We only have one person as an APC member who won the election”, he said.

According to him,those things responsible for the factionalism, including the imposition of candidates, greed, and pride anchored on personality clashes of interests, were among the issues bedeviling the party.

He appealed to President Bola Tinubu as the Leader of the Party and the National Chairman to call all Stakeholders, including 2023  Candidates of APC in Abia State for a truce.

He said that “the facade of unity is but a veil over the fissures that have led to our collective losses in political contests” and it is time for introspection and action.”

“The potential within our ranks is immense, with leaders of influence and respect.

“It is our firm belief that through reconciliation and unity, the APC in Abia State will emerge stronger and victorious in future electoral endeavors, ” he added.

According to him, the influx of new members into the party is a clarion call to mend ways and establish a harmonious environment that would foster alignment and bolster the spirit of togetherness and victories in future elections.

The peace mission to Abuja ended with a dinner for the delegation hosted by  Hon. Dike Uche at his residence in Abuja.