With just six months until the 2023 general election, political stakeholders in Enugu on Tuesday called on the National Working Committee and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress to remove the state party’s chairman, Ugochukwu Agballah, and his executives from office.

The team led by former Senate President Senator Ken Nnamani; Secretary of State, Geoffrey Onyama; Former Enugu state governor Sullivan Chime and Nigerian voice director general Osita Okechukwu said the move was the only way to save the ailing Enugu APC.

Addressing journalists after a marathon meeting with the party’s national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, at the APC secretariat in Abuja, the delegation accused Agballah of “appropriating the state party as personal property.”

An Enugu APC chief, Nweke Gbazuagu, added that agitation for his removal was imminent after the party chairman was suspended at the state level following his suspension.

“Agballah entered through a manipulated process amid protest. But somehow he got proof of return. He is currently suspended by his district president.

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“Most importantly, it should be noted that on August 19, 2022, he was lawfully removed by his Udi/Agbudu branch of Udi LGA in Enugu state by an overwhelming majority of party members in his ward. A copy of the resolution is attached,” he said.

In a petition addressed to the national chairman of APC and dated August 30, 2022, the delegation pleaded with the NWC to save Enugu APC from its downward spiral, implosion and impending collapse.

The statement read in part: “The party is imploding and on the verge of imminent collapse. As things stand, it is not in a position to be competitive in the general election. The leaders now believe that a radical solution is needed to save the State Party from total collapse and disgrace in the State.

“However, at the State Congress, a major crack broke out when Mr. Ugochukwu Agballah was surreptitiously maneuvered into the party to become its state chairman, to the bewilderment and vehement opposition of a majority of party members who knew his antecedents as a person and in Enugu state. politics.

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“Agballah was given the benefit of the doubt by some leaders of the party and issued a certificate of return. Those few leaders believed that the party needed to change direction at all costs and have a vibrant leader who could finally unite the party in the state. Unfortunately, the new chairman has wasted no time proving that the majority leaders who opposed his rise were right in their warning.

“This petition has been written for the purpose of informing the National Chairman and National Working Committee of APC on the state of affairs of our major party in Enugu State. As elders of the party in the state, we firmly believe that it is our duty to bring these anomalies to your attention for urgent remedial action. One stitch in time saves nine!

“We urge the NWC to immediately save the party in Enugu state from total collapse by removing Mr Ugochukwu Agballa from office and replacing him with an acting chairman who should be someone who is not in the current executive committee of the state. The party still has a chance to remedy the situation and be competitive in the general election.”

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In response to the call for his removal, the controversial Enugu chairman revealed that the crisis that rocked the state party was deeper than the picture painted by the delegation.

Agballah denounced that in Enugu it is no longer a secret that many of the senior statesmen who were part of the delegation are known for trouble in every election year.

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