Abia State chapter of All Progressive Congress, (APC), has dismissed the alleged suspension of one of its chieftains, Chief Ikechi Emenike, as a joke, asking well meaning members of the party to ignore those it described as sponsored elements.
Factional State chairman of the party, Chief Enyinnaya Harbour, in an interview with journalists in Umuahia, described Emenike as a bona fide member and leader of the APC in Abia State as well as in Nigeria.
According to him, the state chapter of party would have ignored the childish announcement by “some charlatans who gathered in the house of one man, a non member of APC at Ntala Akwu village of Oboro, Ikwuano LGA,Abia State and presided over by the Minister of State for Solid Mineral and Steel Development, Chief Uche Ogah and purportedly reaffirmed that Chief Ikechi Emenike has been suspended”.
“According to the text of the said charade, the said suspension was effected since the year 2018.
“In the first place, there is no meeting of any organ of the APC that could be constituted in the house and premises of one Mr. Emeka Atuma in his village with Chief Uche Ogah presiding.
“So it is necessary to state here that Chief Ikechi Emenike has not at any time been suspended from the APC as a political party whether in 2018 or in 2021 or at any time at all. It is necessary to state here for the record that Chief Ikechi Emenike is currently engaged in running serious national assignments for the federal government and the APC.
“Chief Ikechi Emenike is the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He is also the Secretary of the APC Convention strategy, contact and mobilization committee. Last month, he was the Chairman of Anambra State APC Governorship Screening Committee, among other positions.
“Now, how can a man who the government and authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the All Progressives Congress have recognized and celebrated be suspended by the Minister of State Uche Ogah sitting and presiding in a low level socio-cultural gathering in Ntalakwu village in Ikwuano LGA? Such behaviours and pronouncements at Ntalakwu village socio-cultural meeting where the Minister of State presided is, to say the least, very irresponsible.
Harbour further alleged that those who attended the said meeting at Ntakakwu, Ikwuano ,are being sponsored to distract and confusion in the APC ward congress in the state and urged the national secretariat of the party to ignore them.
“Leaders, elders and members of APC in Abia State are hereby advised get the full intent and purpose of such socio-cultural meeting by the supporters, agents and paid errands men of the PDP Government who pretend to be members of APC in Abia State, to distract and cause confusion in the APC Ward Congresses taking place nationwide. The public should ignore the said childish announcements. Chief Ikechi Emenike is a bona fide member and leader of the APC”.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.