Tuesday, December 7

Controversy as APC Publicity Secretary battle position in Anambra party

The Anambra State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC had at the weekend announced the removal of its Publicity Secretary, Okelo Madukaife.

The state chairman of the party, Basil Ejidike who disclosed this to newsmen, said Okelo who was suspended in June this year had continued to parade himself as the Publicity secretary.

He said he appeared on a national television recently to congratulate the All Progressives Grand Alliance governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo who was declared winner of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra.

Ejidike said, ”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 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 part in the state.

”Anybody dealing with him as a member of APC or Publicity Secretary of the party is doing so on their own risk.

“We will wish to state categorically that as far as the Anambra Governorship poll is concerned we have not congratulated anybody.”

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Describing the election as fraud, Ejidike said the party was studying the situation with a view to approaching the court about the outcome of the poll.

Reminded that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and Director General of the National Inland Water ways, Chief George Moghalu and other members of the APC in the state had congratulated the governor-elect Soludo, Ejike said they did that as individuals and not as officials of the party.

Ejidike added that Okelo was suspended since June following his involvement in anti party activities, and has been replace by his Assistant, Bar Nonso Chinwuba.

“He was replace with the assistant publicity secretary Nonso Chinwuba. Okelo did not not contest his suspension; after a panel report. He quite went home and stopped attending our meetings. But we are aware that since June he has been raining abuses on our party.

“You can’t be outside the party and claim to be speaking on behalf of the party,” he said.

But the embattled scribe, said he remained not just a party member, but the Publicity Secretary of the party.

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His words, “Our attention has been drawn to a piece of misadventurous opinion inflicted on public space by Chief Basil Ejidike, State Caretaker Chairman of APC, at financial, emotional health reputation cost to APC.

“Chief Ejidike, while illegally congregating the press in a leisure hotel in Awka libelously claimed that the spokesman and State Publicity Secretary of the Anambra State Chapter of APC is no longer a member of APC.

“This statement seeks, to apologize to the membership of APC in Anambra state invite the general public to pardon the ignorance of our Chairman on precedures and processes enlisted in our advanced constitution which has led him to cross the avoidable boundaries.

“The general public is hereby advised that not only is the membership of the undersigned protected by the letters and spirit of the 2014 APC Constitution, his mandate as State Publicity subsists and runs until Anambra State Congresses hold.

“We recall a similar attempt at usurping the office of the state Publicity Secretary which predictably failed in July 2019 and predict similar outcome on the latest tirade targetted at 2021 congresses.

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“The general public is advised to discountenance the misdemeanor contained in the misguided statement, which will now be the subject of consultations in the State Working Committee, State Executive Council and the State Caucus.

“We as a party willl continue to guard against those like Ejidike who necodemously trade off our right to democratic choice for a mess of pottage.

“Once again, we join our national leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, our state leader, Sen. Chris Nwabueze Ngige, who Ejidike despises and fights with the support of extraneous elements, as well as all 2021 Governorship aspirants, shortchanged in June 26 primaries to congratulate the State governors – elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as we gear up to hold him accountable to Ndi Anambra on his election promises.

“Our congratulations is without prejudice to the right of anyone empowered by law to challenge the outcome of the election in the election tribunal.”

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