Whatever that’s left of opposition in Enugu state is about to be buried as the plot to set up a caretaker committee to take over the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been completed by “Abuja Enugu APC leaders” as described by one of the leaders of the party in Enugu State.
A source at the party’s national secretariat told JOURNALIST101 that the Enugu team led by former president of the Senate, Ken Nnamani has concluded plans with the Mai Mala Buni-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee to set up a caretaker committee in Enugu State.
The source also disclosed that a decampee from All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, who contested for a seat at the House of Representative in the 2019 general election under the same platform, Group Captain Orji has been penned down to take over as the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Enugu APC.
“The plan has been completed and the reconciliation committee led by the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong will complete the plan on Monday shortly after they are constituted. There’s nothing like reconciliation, the plan is to invite Barr Ben Nwoye led executives that was elected by a congress to Abuja and announce their dissolution,” the source said.
Governor Lalong was appointed chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, reconciliation committee for Enugu and Anambra states by the national executives of the party.
His appointment was announced in a statement on Saturday, the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena who stated the move was “in line with the peace and reconciliation mandate of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee.”
Others to work with him in the reconciliation committee, according to the statement are: Alh. Kashim Imam, Sen. George Akume, Alh. Tijjani Musa Tumsah, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, Chief Wale Osun and Col. Abdul’aziz Yar’adua (retd.) as secretary of the committee.
The statement further noted that “the reconciliation committee will be inaugurated by the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni on Monday, October 19th, 2020 at the APC National Secretariat by 2pm.”
However, the source said this move by the party “will further balkanize the APC because this is a move targeted at Pro-Tinubu camps in the APC. Lalong who’s the chairman of the committee is a known anti-Oshiomhole and he’s going to be in charge of the onslaught on Enugu APC that’s believed to be loyal to Tinubu.”
Continuing, the source said that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama have been sending his aides to the National secretariat of the APC to beg that the party goes ahead to constitute a caretaker committee in the state.
One of the leaders of the party in Enugu state said “the move will be counterproductive and will be the final nail on the coffin of the party that Nwoye-led team has been trying to resurrect.
“How can some people that are only members of the APC at Abuja and members of the ruling party in Enugu seat at the comfort of their Abuja homes and hand over APC to PDP and APGA decampees,” the leader of the party who doesn’t want his name in print queried.
The Ben Nwoye led executive were at Isi-Uzo local government for the flag off of their campaign for the forthcoming bye-election in the state, hence, all attempts to get him to comment on the development failed.