Some foundation members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu have sent an SOS to President Muhammadu Buhari over the alleged hijack of the party by new members.
The spokeswoman for the APC in Enugu, Kate Ofor, disclosed this while speaking to journalists on Sunday.
Ms Ofor noted that the foundation members had resolved to call Mr Buhari’s attention to the activities of “recent joiners“ who wanted to shut out APC foundation/legacy members from the party.
“Foundation members of APC in Enugu state have gradually improved the electoral fortunes of our great party from 2015 to 2019 general elections. We need to improve more, especially with the registration of new members,” said Ms Ofor. “However, we wish to appeal that the flagrant breach of Article 20 of the APC Constitution by some recent joiners to the party and their imposition of party officials called ‘consensus’ be urgently addressed before October 2, 2021 state congress.”
She called on Mr Buhari to “save our soul.”
Asked why there was no problem in other south-eastern states, the APC spokeswoman said, “I don’t know. The danger is that we are in a liberal democracy where some might keep quiet, but their marginalised members’ votes may not. This is why we are calling on President Buhari to come to our rescue.”
She lamented that the aggrieved members had “toiled, sweated and sacrificed to build the APC brand.”
Ms Ofor noted that the foundation members found that “there is a big elephant” in the state’s reconciliation committee “planted by the recent joiners to execute their intentions.”
“We resolved for the purposes of the state congress to clarify the position we took in June with the Senator Jonathan Zwingina-led Registration and Revalidation Panel,” said the spokeswoman. “We hereby clarify that all party offices zoned to the East Senatorial District is now zoned to West Senatorial District, all party offices zoned to the West is now zoned to the North Senatorial District, and all those zoned to North is now zoned to East Senatorial District.”