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2023: Ken Nnamani, Geoffrey Onyeama, other APC chieftains absent as Tinubu holds campaign rally in Enugu

Some top chieftains of the All Progressive Congress in Enugu state like the former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, Former Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, Immediate past chairman of APC in the state, Dr. Ben Nwoye and others have reportedly shunned the campaign rally of the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Others absent at the rally which was held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, include former Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eugene Odoh, former Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Chief Onyemuche Nnamani, Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, and a presidential aide, Barr. Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku.

However, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State were present at the rally.

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The party leaders who addressed Journalists at Chime’s Enugu residence said their absence at the rally was to send a clear signal to the national leadership of the APC that something urgently must be done over the crisis in the Enugu State chapter of the party.

They blamed Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State for allegedly hijacking the APC structure in Enugu State, thereby disorganising the party.

The various speakers, including Chime, Nnamani and Odoh said they were not privy to all the preparations and programme for the rally.

They, however, described Tinubu as a good candidate, assuring them that they would work for his victory in the presidential election.

According to Chime, “we received our guber candidate at the Airport. We believe in him, he is the best.

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“However, we are not at Okpara Square because of the internal issues we have in Enugu within the party. It has been there and this is because sometime in October 2021, a non-member was foisted on us after the botched State Party Congress as a so-called chairman.

“The party leaders went to Abuja, complained but nobody took them seriously, the issues continued. So, we have to distance ourselves from the local chapter of the party.

“After today, we expect that the party will do the right thing.”

On the party’s candidate, Chime said, “we will ensure that he gets more than the required 25 per cent. Enugu must be counted.

“Today’s event is just a rally, the major thing is the election and we are working hard to see to the victory of the party.”

Similarly, Senator Nnamani declared that “Tinubu is the candidate of the party and all loyal party members will support and work for his victory.”

He, however, disclosed that “we are not aware of the preparations for this rally. That is why we did not want to go and create a scene there.

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