From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Protesters from Ebonyi State, numbering hundreds on Friday, grounded activities at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to demand the intervention of the party’s national leadership on the crisis rocking the party in the State.
In the petition they submitted to the APC National Working Committee (NWC), the protesters specifically expressed disappointment over the contentious Ebonyi South Senatorial zone ticket.
They warned the party’s leadership that taking side with Governor David Umahi on the senatorial ticket will cause serious disaffection within the party in the State.
“We the concerned members of APC Ebonyi South Senatorial zone hereby protest the attempt geared towards the emergence of Governor David Umahi as the Senatorial candidate for the Ebonyi South Senatorial Districts negating the electoral process that is the Electoral Act INEC guidelines and the internal APC constitution as a party,” the petition read.
Explaining the circumstances surrounding the crisis, the protesters in the letter, wtote: “Agon-Eze is an old APC member who has laboured for the party. She bought her first party Senatorial nomination form in 2018, stood for primary, but did not win, ahead of the 2019 general elections. She has been very faithful, helpful to all matters as it concerns APC as a party.
“In 2022, Agom-Eze followed all the party’s guidelines in purchasing the expression of interest and nomination forms for the Ebonyi South Senatorial zone. She was screened and remained eligible for the Ebonyi South Senatorial primary election, she contested and came second to Austin Umahi Nweze, the placeholder (the immediate young brother to the governor).
“Upon withdrawing from the race, he was immediately rewarded with a federal government appointment as the Executive Secretary to Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, and we are all aware that the Governor had asked him to withdraw from the Senatorial race to enable him to represent out zone since he did not win the APC presidential primary election,” they narrated.
Stating their prayers, the protesters noted: “we from Ebonyi South Senatorial zone cry for a more competent and quality representation and a woman participating actively in politics today. Chairman, in your magnanimity, you gave women free nominations to help bridge the gap in women representation at the National Assembly.
“You encouraged the women, notwithstanding the difficult terrain of our politics. Agom-Eze was able to navigate effectively in this period,” they noted.
Warning of the consequences, the petitioners wrote; “perhaps, should the situation in Ebonyi South Senatorial zone be allowed to stand it will definitely cause a high level of disaffection within the party and the electorate within the Ebonyi South Senatorial Districts of the state.”