Uchenna Nnaji, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Enugu State, said on Sunday that the current crisis rocking the party was caused by campaign funds for the state.
Nnaji, speaking at an emergency stakeholders meeting held at the party’s South-East zonal office, said that if the anticipated campaign fund from the APC’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, would be a source of destabilization for the party, it should be withheld until after the election.
“The current crisis in Enugu APC is all about Tinubu’s Campaign money. The so-called stakeholders are vying for control and the distribution of Tinubu’s funds.
“We do not want the campaign funds of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to be used to prosecute the 2023 general election in Enugu State.” We will use Enugu APC resources to prosecute the election in 2023, and the party will reimburse us after the election. Tinubu’s money is causing the crisis in the Enugu APC.
“After this emergency meeting, I will travel to Abuja tomorrow (Monday) to inform the party’s national chairman that we do not want campaign funds.” I’ll meet with our presidential candidate, Tinubu, on Tuesday and tell him the same thing.”
Nnaji, on the other hand, urged ‘Abuja stakeholders’ to return home and join him in the grassroots mobilization of support for the party in order for the party to win the election.
According to him, he has traveled across 184 wards and 204 communities across 13 LGs in the state with Agballah and his executives in preparation for the 2023 election.
“It is unprecedented in the history of the party in the state and demonstrates how prepared we are not only to contest but also to win,” he said.
He regretted that, now that the party is repositioned to win an election, the miscreants are attempting to remove the party’s executives just six months before the election. “We want to be small but powerful.”
Nnaji insisted that the APC had never been a political party in Enugu State prior to Agballah’s appointment as chairman, but that “we have awakened and held the promise of a better future for our people.”
“Our leaders who want Agballah gone aren’t even paying for their ward offices in different communities.” Now, we have come to make the system work again and they want to remove us. Our executives are doing well and deserve all the help they can get. No other party can undertake the kind of tour that we have.”
Meanwhile, the party faithful who attended the meeting unanimously passed a vote of confidence in the party’s executive, led by Chief Agballah.