The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State has advised chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP intending to decamp to APC to abort the dream.
The party stated in this Enugu through its Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Kate Offor at the end of its State Executive Committee meeting. Mrs. Offor said the decision of the party leaders was informed by fears that some prominent members of the PDP in the state, were allegedly plotting to defect to and capitalise on their ‘high profile’ to hijack key appointments meant for the state at the national level.
The UNION investigation revealed that some top notchers of the APC had already commenced talks with high profile personalities to join the winning party.
But the party was said to be uncomfortable with the development, warning that the it would not waste time to discipline any member involved in such unauthorized move. According to Offor: “At an enlarged meeting of the State Executive Committee of Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, we unequivocally resolved that the membership drive aimed at enlisting Professor Barth Nnaji, Chief Jim Nwobodo and co into our great party be stopped forthwith.
“For us it is medicine after death, given the shameful result we recorded in the presidential and governorship elections, where we got less than three per cent and 10 per cent of the total votes cast in Enugu State respectively.
“Accordingly, we are outraged that some elements without authorisation or due process had already held sinister meetings with Professor Nnaji in his Umuode village, and if not stopped will head to God knows where.
“We hold Professor Nnaji, robotic engineer, and our elder statesman, Chief Jim Nwobodo, and other eminent sons in very high esteem, however, we frown seriously at clandestine moves of some people reaping where they did not sow.”
Offor stated: “Nnaji refused to join the party when the APC presidential campaign council lobbied him to join the party before the elections.” Efforts to get through to the second Republic Governor of the old Anambra state, Senator Jim Nwobodo and one time Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji for their reaction failed at press time.