The All Progressives Congress(APC), Anambra State chapter, has sacked its Youth Leader, Innocent Nwanwa.
Nwanwa is a loyalist of the former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, who was also a member of the APC before she defected to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
The development, according to sources in the APC, may be an action taken as a result of Oduah dumping the party.
Oduah, had joined the APC shortly before the 2021 governorship election in the state, but in a dramatic twist, she went back to the PDP, where she clinched the party’s senatorial ticket.
Nwanwa, who addressed a press conference in Awka, on Sunday, disclosed that the party had sacked him as its youth leader, a position he said he won during the party’s Congress in January supervised by the state chairman of the party, Chief Basil Ejidike.
As a result, he said he had petitioned the national leadership of the party to redress what he called “grave injustice” against him.
He stated that it was wrong to punish him simply because his principal (Oduah) defected to another party.
His petition read in part, “It is on record that the APC, Anambra State Chapter on January 30, 2022 held her state congress, where members of the current State Executive Committee, including the State chairman, Chief Basil Ejidike were elected.
“I, Hon Innocent Nwanwa, was elected the State APC Youth Leader, and were subsequently inaugurated at the Party Secretariat, Amenyi Awka. The summary of the result sheet of the state congress is hereby attached for your kind perusal sir.
“It is however true that I joined the APC with Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah, upon her declaration on Thursday, August 26, 2021, but have since remained steadfast and committed with the party, attending Party functions and activities not minding the fact the Senator left the party.
“It is rather surprising, embarrassing and most unfortunate for the same beneficiary of the state congress, the State Chairman of the Party, Chief Basil Ejidike, to continue to boast and intimidate me with threat of removal.
“He, however, has stopped inviting me to State Executive meetings and sundry party functions, and have unjustly taken steps, and have indeed removed and replaced me with one of his errand boys, one Mr Jideofor Ejimofor.
“For record purposes, your Excellency, I am a bonafide APC member (attached herewith is my party membership card), with number An/Ogb/16/57524. I am an indigene of Ogbaru, and a voter in Iyiowa/Odekpe/Ohita ward.
“Your Excellency, kindly use your good office to correct this obvious injustice and illegality, to enable the party move into the upcoming 2023 general elections as one united family.”
Several calls put across to the state APC chairman, Basil Ejidike, for his reaction, proved abortive.