Founding Members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State under the leadership of “Legacy Members” have raised alarm over alledged non-inclusion/exclusion of party Old members in the scheme of activities.
The Spokesperson of the members Alhaji Haroun Aja, made the reservations in abakaliki the Ebonyi State capital on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on political developments in the party in particular and the State in general.
According to him, “we convened this press conference to alert Nigerians on the discriminatory activities of the Leadership of the Ebonyi State Chapter of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“We the legacy and loyal members of APC in Ebonyi State want the National leadership of APC to intervene to ensure that the party which we laboured to build is not destroyed.”
The Legacy members alledged that in November 2021 when Governor Umahi officially joined APC, he did not come into the party with any notable stakeholder of his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“We recall that PDP produced three Senators, Five members of the House of Representatives and 24 members of the State House of Assembly, the governor was able to defect with 17 members of the State House of Assembly.
“We wish to alert the National Secretariat, the leadership of the party and the general public that in the course of their defence, the 16 state lawmakers deposed on oath that they are not members of APC and that they have not defected to APC.”
The APC Founding members insisted that the Leader of the party has continued to push out Foundation members from APC.
“Founding member of APC Chief Austin Igwe Edeze, former BOT member is now gubernatorial aspirant in PDP and Engr. Peter Edeh, former House of Representatives Member under APC now a House of Representatives Aspirant in PDP.”
The Legacy members pleaded with the National Leadership of APC to ensure that Direct Primaries are organised for aspirants in the state.
“We believe that only a direct primary where the aspirants would test their popularity could restore the confidence of APC members in the party’s candidates.”