The Enugu state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has set up two important committees as part of moves to reposition itself ahead of the proposed local government elections in the state and 2019 general elections.
The two committees are; the local government elections committee, headed by a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eugene Odoh; and reconciliation committee headed by former military administrator of Gombe state, Group Capt. Joe Oji.
Chairman of APC Enugu state, Dr. Ben Nwoye, while announcing the functions of the committees and other resolutions at the end of the party’s maiden state caucus meeting, expressed the determination of the party to take over Enugu state in 2019.
Leaders of the party gathered and deliberated as it relates to the administration of the party, as well as the future of the party.
Nwoye said “Political parties are meant to go into election and win election. And the major agreement we had today is that APC Enugu state is ready to participate in the local government election if and when the time table for the election is released.
“The issue of whether or not Enugu state APC will go into election is resolved today, that if the ruling party in the state (the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) honestly decides that they want to have a local government election, to follow the legislative process of one, announcing the time table and all other legislative emphasis, that we are ready.”
Nwoye noted that the caucus acknowledged the need to have reconciliation committee to look into issues that people who are aggrieved may have brought up in the three senatorial districts.
That is not to say that those who had gone through constitutional process, that anything will be done; but those who are aiding cleavages of issues which arose, the (reconciliation) committee will look into it.”
He stated that the wind of change had started to blow in Enugu’s political atmosphere with unprecedented migration of political heavy weights from PDP to APC; such as former Governor of old Anambra state, Sen Jim Nwobodo; former Governor of the state, Sullivan Chime; former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; former Speaker of the State Assembly, Eugene Odoh, former military administrator of Gombe state, Group Capt. Joe Oji and wife of former national chairman of PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, among others.
The caucus meeting which was chaired by the state chairman of the party, Dr. Nwoye, had the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, former Governor of the State, Sullivan Chime; national Vice Chairman of APC South East, Emma Eneukwu in attendance.
Others are; Group Capt Joe Oji; Rt. Hon. Eugene Odoh; Emperor Baywood Ibe; Chief G.B. Onoh; Maj. Gen. J. O. J Okolagu; Nigerian Ambassador to India, Maj. Gen. Chris Eze, and others.