JUST IN: NATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF APC OUGHT TO THREAD WITH CAUTION IN ABIA STATE TO AVERT MASS EXIT FROM THE PARTY
It has become very imperative for me to make this submission because of the lingering anomaly in our Party APC in Abia State which the National leadership has deliberately given a blind eyes to and bluntly refused to harken to voice of reasoning. For quite sometimes now,the leadership of our great party has been toiling with the feelings and yearnings of the people that matter in the party in Abia State by not adhering to due process which may snowball into many dumping the party after the forthcoming National convention.
Generally, the leadership of a political party is always in the hand of the governor of a state just as same is replicated at the national level. In Abia state where the governor is in another party, the leadership automatically ought to be bestowed on the highest political office holder who ought to give directions and consulted in all policy matters and decisions when it matters most.Regrettably, the scenario is different in Abia state. Does it mean that APC at the national level does not have interest in winning the governorship position of Abia state?
Without sounding immodest, how can someone who has not won even Councillorship seat in his state be accorded such leadership recognition as the national body is All Progressives Congress(APC) is doing in Abia state leaving someone who has made the voice of the party to be heard by over whelmingly winning a Senatorial seat,House of Representative and Assembly in his zone and prefer a person who is yet to secure victory for the party? Since politics is a game of number, why would we toil with the feelings of the masses in Abia state?
Though, we need one another to make remarkable progress, but the proper thing should be done.While other political parties are working assiduously to enlarge their membership across the States, our own party is busy sowing amber of discord despite the incessant yearnings of the people. In a couple of weeks,the national convention would take place and Abia APC is still in court,yet,the national body is not perturbed in any manner. How then do we think that it shall augur well with us in the long run?
Senator ORJI Uzor KALU has been accommodating and has been doing his best to ensure that APC becomes stronger in Abia state but,the level at which his mammoth followers and supporters are being maligned and recognition at all levels given to a faction rather than proffering a lasting solution to the lingering leadership tussle is a situation that may lead to untoward development if not properly handled. Furthermore, should APC allow sentiments and parochialism to becloud her sense of reasoning and deny South East geopolitical zone the President of Nigeria, the much recorded victory in the past which we ought to improve upon and consolidate come 2023 may elude us.I am not a Prophet of doom,but stating the obvious. Many people in Abia State are clamouring for change in the governance of Abia state, but with the trend of events presently going on in our party, many sympathizers are becoming sceptical and demoralized. Though, it is not late to amend,but the earlier we put our house in order,the better for us to secure victory come 2023,except one is saying that APC in Abia state can be dispensed with.
To mend fences and ensure that the proper thing is done,the leadership of the Party at the national level should as a matter of urgency put things aright before it is too late. If we may recall, it is this divisive disposition that caused our failure in the 2019 governorship election and wonder why we would allow history to repeat itself in a party where all the political big wigs and gladiators in Abia State belong to APC.The same unfavourable wing that robbed us victory in Abia state, but for OUK’s doggedness and commitment ,is at work again. Yet,the national body is not perturbed about it.
If we fail, refuse and neglect to act swiftly, the resultant effect shall be calamitous and you cannot push one down and equally show him or her where to fall. A stitch in time, saves nigh.
Chief Sam Ogbonna Esq.