Magnus Eze, Enugu
The unending crisis in the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a new dimension with two factions of the party fighting over the alleged expulsion of former Secretary to the state Government and a founding member of the party, Chief Onyemuche Nnamani.
A faction led by Dr. Ben Nwoye had, on Sunday, reportedly expelled Nnamani for instituting a suit against the leadership of the party in the South East, an action Nwoye said breached the provisions of the party’s constitution.
But, in a swift reaction, the other faction headed by Mr Okey Ogbodo, yesterday, faulted the alleged expulsion and said those behind it lacked the authority to do so.
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Ogbodo, in a statement in Enugu, doubted whether Nwoye actually had the interest of the party at heart because of his role in the crisis bedevilling the state chapter.
“Purporting to suspend Chief Nnamani, on account of a court action he instituted in exercise of his constitutional right to redress a perceived injustice in the conduct of party affairs, is akin to inviting law abiding citizens to take laws into their own hands. No wonder Nwoye and his gang continue to parade themselves as officers of APC, despite a subsisting restraining Federal High Court order.
“Maybe, Nwoye had expected Chief Nnamani to resort to use of thugs and charlatans, instead of recourse to the judicial process,” he said.
However, Nwoye said there was no going back on the expulsion since Nnamani refused to exhaust all the available internal mechanisms provided by the party’s constitution to aggrieved members.