APC Divided Over Call For Ekweremadu’s Defection

By Ikenga Chronicles January 17, 2017

The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is currently divided over increasing calls on the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, to defect to the party.

 

In what seemed to be a fresh crisis erupting in APC, the  Enugu State chapter of the party on Monday evening dismissed reports in a section of the media that it would not welcome Ekweremadu into its fold. The party stated that Ekweremadu would be warmly received in the event he indicates interest to join the party.

Recall that the state APC publicity Secretary, Mrs. Kate Offor, on Sunday issued a controversial statement that the party would not admit Ekweremadu. However, while briefing journalists at the party’s secretariat in Enugu, at the end of its leaders and stakeholders’ meeting on Monday, state chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye, said the party never discouraged Ekweremadu from decamping.

Sequel to a recent realignment in the Senate, Ekweremadu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), has been under mounting pressure to join the ruling  APC.

“Nobody should be barred from registering; the party is for all and sundry and lovers of true democracy” the APC state chairman had said.

But in what seems like a discordant tone, The Voice of Nigeria(VON) Director-General, Osita Okechukwu who is also a chieftain of the APC, said there should be no blanket offer for defectors.

“Whereas I agree with Chief Ben Nwoye that we open our doors to everybody, as a democrat, I do subscribe to the earlier statement of the chapter of our great party that Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu should remain in the PDP to clear the mess there” he said.

According to him, “My brother, to be honest, I am happy of the surge of eminent Igbo sons and daughters into our great party. But, we cannot open our party door too wide because we want new members, we must sieve the wheat from the chaff” he said.

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