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APC crisis: Chieftain sues for peace

Ahead of 2019 general election, a chieftain of All Progressive Congress APC, Chief Donatus Okonna has called on the leaders of the party in Enugu State to sheath their sword and embrace peace in order to salvage the party.
Okonna who made.the plea in an interview said that the crisis brewing in the party could have been avoided had the former National leadership adhered strictly to the constitutional provisions of the party during the elective congresses of the party which had factionalized the party in virtually all the states.
The State Organizing Secretary of the faction led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated that political party is like a family and party members need to understand the concept of a political party which is to contest election and win an election.
“Enugu state is not practicing democracy. Before now Enugu had only one political party but Enugu residents are now looking up to APC to provide the alternative platform. The number of APC members in Enugu state shows that the people are disenchanted with the administration in the state.
“The party leadership need to come together and accommodate one another. In every contest winner must emerge and losers should accept defeat. We should exemplify true spirit of sportsmanship and extend the hand of followership to all the members because the interest of the party should be paramount and the interest of the party is to win the 2019 election.
“The party members must understand and learn how to respect leadership. As it is today the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama is the highest political office holder in Enugu state and by implication he is the leader of APC in Enugu State and we should respect him and listen to his advice and directives.
“He is followed by the Special Adviser to the President on Justice Reform and National Coordinator of Open Government Partnership (OGP) Mrs Juliet Ibekaku. So in hierarchy, those are people we should look up to for direction. We have somebody like Senator Ken Nnamani who is respected at the National level but here in Enugu people will be looking down on him,” he lamented.
The party chieftain likened a political party the church where members are equal no matter the time one joined the congregation pointing out that one enjoys equal rights and privileges immediately one becomes a member of the church.
“What determines positions is your capacity and ability to convert more souls to the church. I heard that some people are asking which day did this person join APC. It is not important but what is important should be what this person can do. There are old members that cannot attract members into the party but we have new members that have attracted hundreds of members into the party,” he said.

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