NEPAD DG moves to unite APC in Imo


The chief executive of a new partnership for African Development (NEPAD), Princess Gloria Akobundu on Sunday, convened a crucial All Progressive Congress (APC) stakeholders’ meeting in her private residence in Owerri, aimed at consolidating the party from the grassroots.

Akobundu who said the move was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive for all APC leaders to begin the process of rebuilding the party from grassroots in their various localities, urged Imo APC leaders to shun rancor and join in rebuilding the party.

She said the party’s future rests on the ability of leaders to brace up to challenges and to fight for a common goal without with-hunting one another. Akobundu who also related President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year message to APC loyalist in the state urged members to remain committed to the party and always support its programs.

She said Buhari has showed good faith to Imo by appointing some people from the state into key positions, adding that the only way to reciprocate was by supporting his administration. She said there is no factional APC in the state, but added that time has come for all party leaders to proffer solution that will move the party forward.

“Mr. President has directed APC leaders to galvanize support for the party from the grassroots and this meeting aimed at uniting the party and repositioning it to a greater height.

“This meeting is also to act in accordance with the president’s directive and I am happy that we will come out to be more united and strengthen”, she said. She urged party Chairman in the 27 local government areas to the challenges and ensure that party loyalists are carried along in the activities of the party.

She said “President Buhari has done a lot to put the APC on tract and warned that those who criticize the party just to discredit the efforts of the president must desist from it.

In his speech, State APC Chairman, Mr. Marcon Nlemigbo said the meeting will help to galvanize more support and commitment from the grassroots. He expressed optimism that Supreme Court will give the party favorable judgment, adding that the massive vote Imo electorate gave Sen. Hope  Uzodinma in the last governorship election must be reclaimed.

He affirmed that there was no division in the party, but acknowledged that there were minor misunderstandings in the party among members.

He said: “human existence is not devoid of misunderstanding, but the most important thing is how it was handled. “We are handling whatever differences we had in the past and we must come out very strong to compete with other major political parties”.

Former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere commended Akobundu for convening the meeting, describing it as very important in the survival of the party in Imo. He debunked the claim that he has dumped the party for PDP and urged party leaders to discountenance the rumor.

“I have heard the rumors that I have left APC, but I want to confirm to all of you here that I am still a committed member of the party. I will soon convene another mega meeting to galvanize support for our candidates who are involved in our forthcoming re-run election in Okigwe and Orlu Zone.



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