The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress APC in Anambra State, Okelo Madukaife has been sacked by the party.
Announcing his sack at a press conference in Awka on Sunday, the state chairman of the party, Basil Ejidike, said Madukaife who was suspended in June 2021 had continued to parade himself as the publicity secretary of the party to the extent that he appeared on national television recently to congratulate the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo.
According to Ejidike, “Okelo was suspended in June this year. We were surprised that he has continued to parade himself as the publicity secretary of the party. That ought not to be.
“On behalf of APC Anambra State, we wish to clearly state that Okelo Madukaife is no longer a member of our party and so he can’t be or function as the publicity secretary of our party in the state.
“Anybody dealing with him as a member of the APC or publicity secretary of the party is doing so at their own risk.
He said “We wish to state categorically that as far as the Anambra governorship poll is concerned, we have not congratulated anybody.”
“But we are aware that since June, he has been raining abuses on our party.
“Okelo was suspended since June following his involvement in anti-party activities. He has been replaced by assistant publicity secretary, Nonso Chinwuba. Okelo does not belong to the party.”
Ejidike described the election as fraud, adding that his party was studying the situation with a view to approaching the court about the outcome of the poll.
When reminded of the congratulatory messages to Soludo by leaders of the party in the State, particularly by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and Director General of the National Inland Waterways, Chief George Moghalu, Ejike said they congratulated the Governor-elect as individuals and not as officials of APC.
Madukaife has however maintained that he remained the state’s publicity secretary.
Speaking with a reporter on the phone he said “As I’m talking with you, I’m still doing my work very effectively, discharging my duties as the publicity secretary of the party in the state. So, I don’t know what you are talking about.
“Maybe I should see everything he said so that I reply once because our party cannot be sold to anybody. Our position that there were no governorship primaries in Anambra as stated by our chapter remains firm, fixed and unshakable. It’s the truth registered in the minds of all members of APC in the state.
“But I need to see what exactly Ejidike is saying before I can make one word. Ejidike is on his own. The whole chapter has discovered that he is a sellout who collected a lot of money to sell our primaries out. I don’t want to miss one word in what I’m replying, that’s why I said I would want to see what exactly he said because we have been managing him for the sake of our own image,” Madukaife said.