A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ebonyi, Chief Eze Nwachukwu, has debunked the alleged leadership crisis reported against the state chapter of the party.
Nwachukwu stated this on Saturday in Abakaliki. He noted that the reports stemmed from the imagination of those peddling them.
Contrary to varying opinions, Nwachukwu said the party under the leadership of Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha had continued to be peaceful and united in the state.
He called on supporters, party faithful, and the general public to discountenance the said report adding that the party would not give room to detractors to destabilize it.
According to him, “It has become expedient that I react to the publication alleging leadership crisis in our great party over the appointment of Okoro-Emegha as chairman, Caretaker Committee of APC in Ebonyi.
“I am the immediate past chairman of APC, and the emergence of Okoro-Emegha as the current chairman, the caretaker committee is a welcome development, and it followed laid down legal and constitutional provisions of our party.
“As the State Working Committee (SWC) leader, other members and I stepped aside when the national leadership of the party led by Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe came here and inaugurated the committee, which we all accepted.
“We know it in principle as enshrined in our party constitution in 2013 that if a governor joins the party, he automatically takes over the party structure.
“This provision made it possible for Saraki and Mr Rotimi Amaechi as then governors of Kwara and Rivers respectively to take over the APC structure in their states during the member from the New PDP,” he said.
“The agreement still exists. This is why when Gov. Dave Umahi joined the party, the same played out, and we vacated our offices.
“Umahi took over the party structure and, in his magnanimity, blended it to include old APC members and those who joined the party with the governor from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
“The party constitution is clear on the rights and privileges of members that once you register and join the party, you automatically become an equal beneficiary with old members.”
“I am a founding member of APC and has held several positions in the party, the group calling for the dissolution of the Okoro-Emegha led caretaker committee are not members of our party, they are faceless individuals,” he added.