By Sunday Awulonu
Amidst the struggle for the Soul of Imo All Progressives Congress (APC), members of the party have been told that there is only one APC leadership in the state.
Chief Mercelinus Nlemigbo, the State Chairman made the remark at the weekend during a Press briefing to update members of the party on the state of events.
In the briefing which took place at the party secretariat, Okigwe road, the Chairman stated, “in Imo we have only one APC led by Nlemigbo under the leadership of Governor Hope Uzodinma who has been pleaded with to oversee the party in the South East.”
He further indicated that the admonition by the national office to the effect that all aggrieved persons with cases in the court should withdraw them was not been respected.
In his words, “the NEC has directed all members to discontinue all pending intra party litigation on pain of expulsion if not obeyed and we have the letters so authorizing us.’’
He appealed to all members to sheath their swords and return to the party, adding that there is enough room to accommodate all.
According to him, “Imo people want peace, needs no distraction of the governor. We want all of them, the party is so large to accommodate all of them.’’
He condemned the action of the Daniel Nwafor led team in claiming the state chairmanship of the party, querying that it is not possible after he joined the Action Alliance (AA) and campaigned for the AA candidate, Uche Nwosu.
“if Uche Nwosu had won would he return to APC to make this claim. It is unbelievable for those who left APC, fought it, and committed anti-party offences will now claim to be its Executive even when they have not formally rejoined the party as members,’’ he queried.
Continuing, he said, “we must note that the INEC and all authorities of the Party recognize Nlemigbo as State Chairman and he attends all NEC meetings at Abuja. Only last week, he hosted the South East Leadership of the Party with His Excellency, our amiable Governor.”
He reiterated that major focus of the party at the moment is to rebuild it to a stronger state. In his own comment, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Barr C.O.C Akaolisa, said that Governor Uzodinma believes in the rule of law and ought to be given an award, advising Nwafor to desist from generating crisis.
Others who spoke in the same direction were the Commissioner for Commerce, Barr Kingsley Ononuju, Commissioner for Lands, Barr. Enyinnaya Onuegbu, the State Woman Leader among others.