Orji Kalu calls for probe on S'East APC stakeholders, Ministers

By FN Editor on 28/04/2019

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Former Abia Governor, Chief Orji Kalu, has called for an investigation into alleged anti-party activities of some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in the South-East before and during the 2019 general elections.

Kalu made the call on Saturday in Enugu during the zonal stakeholders’ meeting of the party.

The former governor said that he had it on good authority that some party chieftains in the zone sabotaged genuine efforts of the party by aligning with the Peoples Democratic Party.

He called on the leadership of the party in the zone to immediately raise a committee to investigate the allegations.

Kalu said, “One of the leaders of the party outside this zone told me that some of our chieftains including serving ministers negotiated with the PDP governors to allow our party 25 per cent of votes cast at the polls.

“We have to fish out the people that said our party could not afford more than 25 per cent votes for President Muhammadu Buhari and punish them. They sabotaged us. We cannot be working for the party and look like fools. Some of us worked but a few went to Abuja to say we could not deliver.”

He said that such an arrangement adversely affected the performance of the party in the zone in the last elections.

“There is no way the APC could not have won states like Abia but some of our leaders worked against it.,” Kalu said.

Also, Senator Chris Adighije said that although the forces against the APC during the polls in the zone were enormous, they made great achievements through hard work.

“The forces were against us in Abia State but we won seats in the national and state assemblies. If some people negotiated for 25 per cent on behalf of the party, we have to fight back,” he said.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, described the performance of the party in the zone during the polls as a `great improvement’ over the 2015 results.

Onu, who is the leader of the South-East APC caucus, commended the leadership of the party in the zone for convening the meeting, adding, “If we can come together, we can surprise Nigerians as they believe we cannot work together.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the meeting supported the investigation of the alleged sabotage by some party chieftains.



Posted on April, 28 2019

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