APC Guber Candidates In Enugu Rejects Consensus
From Ogbonnia Casmir
Ahead of the Saturday governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the leading aspirants; Chief Ben Eche, Ifeanyi Nwoga and Dr. Augustine Akubue have warned the leadership of the party against any sharp practices intended towards undermining other aspirants.
They unequivocally said that they were not party to any consensus arrangement, stressing that if a level playing ground were not exhibited in the governorship primary in the state it will spell doom for the party in the state.
The aspirants who reacted separately to the publication credited to one of the aspirant who recently joined the party in one of the daily’s that the 17 council chairmen of the party have adopted him as a consensus candidate of the party.
Akubue said that he had reached out to other aspirants and their positions were the same, there is no consensus. “There is nothing like consensus candidate in Enugu APC, but whoever emerges victorious on Saturday primary, we will support the person to ensure victory for our party in the 2019 general election. Anything short of that spells doom for the party for the party in the state.”
According Chief Eche, “APC stakeholders under the leadership of Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama had debated and adopted direct primary for the Enugu State.
“It is on record that I am the only candidate that have visited the 17 council areas secured endorsement and acceptance from our members. So no need to talk about non-existent consensus, it is against party rules,” he said.
Meanwhile, Enugu West peoples Assembly, an APC pressure group had Thursday endorsed the candidacy of Chief Eche in the forthcoming governorship primary.
The Chairman of the group, Chief Obed Chidera made the declaration during his ground campaign tour to both Oji River and Awgu council areas, noting that Eche remains the only aspirant out off six aspirants of the party that has visited the 17 council areas and 260 wards to solicit for the delegate votes.