APC crisis: Don’t visit Ebonyi, group warns Oyegun

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Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki
Ebonyi All Progressives Youth Vanguard has warned the National
Chairman of the party, Mr. John Odigie-Oyegun against his Friday’s
planned visit to Ebonyi State over the alleged complexity of
the national chairman on the leadership crisis of the party in the
state.
In a statement, the National Leader of the group, Engr. Frank Ngwu,
described as undemocratic the way and manner the national chairman has allegedly flouted court orders which restrained him from tempering
with the 2014 state congress that produced Chief Ben Nwobasi as the
state chairman of the party.
The president further alleged that Oyegun was at the epicenter of the
leadership crisis which has bedeviled the party through the issuance
of inconsistent directive which had further deepened the crisis in the
state chapter of the party.
Ngwu said: “We make bold to state categorically that our national
chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is behind the leadership crisis in
Ebonyi State chapter of the APC through inconsistent issuance of
directive. When some moneybag visited him, he authored a letter on
February 23, 2017appointing one Eze Nwachukwu, as the state Acting
Chairman. When contempt proceeding was served on him, he quickly
authorised another letter on April 25 withdrawing his initial letter”.
“And despite his letter of withdrawal, he is still relating with Nwachukwu Eze as the state Chairman. For instance, during the courtesy visit to the Vice president, Yemi Osibanjo, by all the state chairmen of the party, Oyegun cleared Nwachukwu instead of Ben Nwobasi who is the authentic chairman of the party”.
“We cant allow such character to come and cause mayhem in the state because of his double standard. We want him to resolve the crisis before coming to Ebonyi State otherwise we will resist him from stepping his foot into Ebonyi soil. His leadership incompetence has further exacerbated the crisis in our state chapter of APC and this has endangered the strength of our party in the state. Rather than dissipating his energy to visit Ebonyi, he should expedite action to see that the cases still pending in the court are resolved to its logical conclusion. We can receive him when he has not done anything
meaningful to resolve the court case”.
The group also noted that the state executive committee of the party was not aware of any visit by the national chairman and warned him against taking any decision that would cause breach of public peace in the state.
He therefore warned that if Oyegun flouts the order, the group would
mobiliSe their teeming members and supporters to protest against
the visit.
However, the group commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his effort in repositioning the country and fight against corruption stressing
that they would mobilise their members to give him a resounding
welcome when he will visit the state on Tuesday.