The All Progressives Congress (APC), Thursday, at its expanded caucus meeting held at the house of Chief Emeka Atuma at Ikwuano, re-affirmed the suspension of Chief Ikechi Emenike from the party.
This is coming less than 24 hours to the ward congress of the party scheduled for Saturday.
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Chief Emenike is the husband of the incumbent Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America.
The expanded caucus, which had in attendance major stakeholders of the party in the State, was chaired by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Dr Uche Ogah.
According to the party, Chief Emenike had already been suspended by his ward for anti-party activities while the local government and State executives respectively ratified the sanction.
Ogah, who chaired the expanded caucus, put Emenike’s suspension to voice vote after it was announced by the State chairman of the party, Hon Donatus Nwankpa, and the caucus overwhelmingly affirmed.
This is the third time APC in Aba had suspended him and reaffirmed his suspension in the last six years.
Emenike was the Chairman of a seven-member Committee for the party 2021 Anambra State Governorship Aspirants.
It is also observed Chief Emenike controls a parallel APC in the State with his own state executive, LGA and Wards executives.
In his remarks, the Minister tasked members of the party on unity and to eschew rancour, saying that it would be easy for the party to take over power in the State if the members were united.
Speaking at the event, the party Chairman in the State, Nwankpa, urged members of the party to prepare for Saturday’s congress in obedience to the directive by the National Caretaker Committee of the party.
Nwankpa said the party would adopt consensus candidates where there are agreements among the stakeholders but hold elections where there is no consensus.
He urged the party faithful to abide by the party guidelines, adding that there were no camps in Abia APC.
“Any other person not part of Abia APC led by the caucus Chairman, Senator Orji Uzor, and Donatus Nwankpa as the State Chairman is fake,” he declared.
Nwankpa warned that the party would not tolerate any imposition while urging members of the screening committee coming from Abuja to be guided by the party rules.
“We won’t allow APC to use Abia as a showcase of Illegality,” he warned.