By Francis Ekpone
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) stakeholders in Idemili South local government area of Anambra State are set to dump the party following an alleged imposition of House of Assembly candidate, Hon Chuka Ezenwune on the constituents.
Orient Daily reports that Friday , October 5, 2018 House of Assembly primary election held in the council Area was declared inconclusive.
Some of the aspirants alleged that unknown delegates were imported to vote which led to the cancellation of the election but grape vine had it that the powers that be have anointed Ezenwune to fly the flag of the party, a move that sparked off protest.
Other seven House of Assembly aspirants and stakeholders from Idemili South protested against what they described as plot to impose one of the aspirants, Chuka Ezenwune on them.
The protesters led by Governor Willie Obiano‘s Senior Special Assistant on Youth Mobilisation, Honestly Tony-Uche Ezekwelu, other aspirants and stakeholders matched to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) state sacretariate and Anambra State government house to register their grieviances.
They said the election that brought Hon Fabian Chuka Ezenwune as the candidate of the party in Idemili South was declared inconclusive and wondered why he should be announced winner of the election.
The protesters displayed placards of various inscriptions such as: Say no imposition of candidate in Idemili South, APGA says no to Ezenwune, With Ezenwune, APGA Will fail in Idemili South among others.
The party’s youth and women’s leaders, Mbaegbu Chukwuka and Mrs Ukamaka Igwilo said they will dump APGA if Hon Ezenwune is not dropped for a better candidate.
In the protest letter submitted to Gov Obiano at the APGA sacretariate, entitled : SOS: Rejection of Hon Fabian Chuka Ezenwune as our 2019 House of Assembly Candidate-a vote of no confidence, the protesters said Ezenwune failed as a lawmaker representing the constituency in the past three and half years.
They alleged that Ezenwune embezzled and appropriated N10 million meant for security and ward stakeholders mobilisation during November 18 governorship election in the state.
The petition which was signed by party stakeholders and seven aspirants reads in part :
” Hon Ezenwune, having failed woefully in all the indices of legislative performance as our representative, lacks moral justification standing to continue to represent us. He never hosted any single constituency town hall meeting.
“He never consulted his constituents in any matter pertaining our constituency and he takes unilateral decisions on our behalf without involving us in any way.
“He personally appropriates our constituency funds and projects to himself without any verifiable project in any of the twelve wards in Idemili South apart from the open shade in Afo Nnobi market and he never empowered any party faithful or continents in Idemili South and thus lacks the goodwill required of a winning candidate ” it said.
They however appealed to the party leadership to hearken to their request for a good candidate for Idemili South House of Assembly, saying that they will accept any other aspirant, than Ezenwune.
They were received at APGA Sacretariate by the State treasurer of the party, Mr Tony Nwakile while Gov Willie Obiano received them at the government House.
The Special Adviser to the governor on Political matters, Hon Ifeatu Obiokoye who received them on behalf of the governor assured them that their matter will be looked into.
He however advised them not to make use of information gotten from the social media as such could be misleading.
“We shall resolve whatever problem you have in Idemili South to continue our wining streak in the area” he said.
Author: Nairaland Forum
Source : http://www.nairaland.com/4781855/apga-stakeholders-threaten-dump-apga