Anambra APC passes vote of confidence in Ejidike, names Uba leader
Embattled Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Basil Ejidike, may have bounced back to office, as he presided over the party’s meetings and shared Christmas gifts to some loyalists and stakeholders of the party.
The Guardian recalled that the party was enmeshed in crisis over leadership, which polarised it into two factions, as one faction was led by Ejidike and loyal to Andy Uba, while the other faction backed by a former governor of the state and Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige.
Ejidike’s return followed a vote of confidence passed on him after the Caretaker Committee Chairman in Onitsha North Council, Nwakibie Okagbue, moved a motion to the effect.
Okagbue said the confidence is a re-affirmation of backing of the national leadership to Ejidike.
Speaking to journalists, shortly after the distribution of Christmas rice to APC members at the party secretariat in Awka, Ejidike appealed to aggrieved members in the 21 councils to embrace peace and resolve their differences.
Ejidike added that the vote of confidence in him equally demanded more hard work and people-oriented service to the party in particular and Ndi Anambra in general.
He appreciated the Chairman of the Caretaker, Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Mai Buni, for his firmness on upholding justice and unity of the party.
While appreciating Uba, who he named as leader of the party in the state, he commended the National Auditor, Paul Chukwuma for their continued backing and opposition to agents of disunity.
“It is sad to allow a local party like the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to be interfering on issues affecting our party that controls the centre. As it stands now, the leadership of the party in the state, under my watch, will not continue to tolerate any actions that will mortgage the future of the party,” he said.
Ejidike pointed out that the party and its candidate in the November 6, 2021 governorship election, Uba, will not relent in their efforts to reclaim the mandate from APGA and its candidate, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
It was learnt that the re-affirmation of Ejidike followed a peace accord initiated by the party’s national leadership, in which the Ejidike-led State Working Committee (SWC) was reaffirmed as the authentic faction.