Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
One of the chairmen that emerged at the Abia State All Progressive Congress (APC) parallel congress, Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe has urged the members to obey the court order which declared him chairman of its former executive committee.
This was just as Hon Donatus Nwankpa, a former member of the state House of Assembly, who was elected as chairman by the other faction has maintained that there is no faction in the opposition party.
They spoke with our correspondent at different locations in Umuahia, the state capital, insisting that sooner than latter their respective mandates would be validated by the national headquarters of the party.
According to Ndukwe, who was once the secretary of the state chapter of the party, he became the chairman following the removal of Nwankpa as chairman by an Abia High Court sitting in Okpuala Ngwa in March.
“There is no leadership crisis in our party. As far as the law is concerned, I am the chairman of the party in the state. Any persons that says otherwise is daring the court and the consequences are there,” he noted.
He said the court, presided over by Justice Collins Okoroafor had also restrained the national headquarters from dealing with any lists of wards, local governments and state delegates of the party submitted to it by Nwankpa.
Ndukwe pointed out that in her opening remarks before the congress, the Chairman of its organizing committee, Hajiya Rabi Sulu Gambari had confirmed that his leadership had the recognition of the headquarters.
He appealed to the members to ignore what he described as ” a calculated campaign of calumny mounted by the removed former chairman to discredit my leadership to cause confusion in the party.”
On his party, Nwankpa, a one time commissioner for Housing in the state, said he was not aware of any other congress besides the one that produced him, appealing to the members to ignore any reports about it.
He maintained that the congress which produced him had the backing of the headquarters “as it was conducted by a committee headed by no less a member of the party than Senator Jonathan Zwingina.”
The former state lawmaker, however added that the party was ready to dialogue with any aggrieved members to ensure that it achieved its major aim of forming the next government in the state in 2019.