Anambra APC returns Ejidike as Chairman, recognises Uba’s leadership
Anambra State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (ÀPC), yesterday, returned the immediate past Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Basil Ejidike as substantive state Chairman of the party.
Prior to the State Congress, the party had conducted its ward and Council congresses last Tuesday and Wednesday under the supervision of the state Local Organizing Committee (LOC), headed by Ralph Okeke.
Ejidike was declared as the winner in the voice vote conducted by the Chairman of the seven-man APC Congress Committee, Francis Nwosu, supported by Ifeanyi Isegbue (Deputy Chairman); Augustine Muomife (Deputy Chairman, Anambra Central Zone); Ezenwa Egwuatu (Deputy Chairman, Anambra North Zone) and Izuchukwu Okeke (Deputy Chairman, Anambra South).
Others are Joseph Chukwudi Okeke (Organising Secretary); Chukwudi Aniony (Auditor); Mrs. Calistha Nwachukwu (Treasurer); Keen Udechukwu (Financial Secretary); Chukwunonso Chinwuba (Legal Adviser) and Joe Obidike (Assistant Secretary).
A former representative of Oyi and Anyamelum Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chiedu Eluemumoh, moved the motion that ÀPC members in the state, accept Ejidike as the new state Chairman through a voice vote.
Representative of Anaocha 1 Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Charles Ezeani, seconded aunanimous positive endorsement by party members from the 21 councils of the state.
Other members of the Committee are Hon. Baja (Secretary), Leo Ugochukwu Ndubuka Uruakpa, Sidi Ali Ibrahim, Adamu Siddiki and Abubakar Siddiki.
Speaking, Baja said that his team was the only one recognised by the national leadership of the party to conduct the party congress in the state, insisting that any other congress in the state before now was illegal, null and void.
He said the congresses were conducted without any imposition of leaders at the wards, local and state levels, describing Uba, as the leader of the party and “the next governor-in waiting.”
On his part, governorship candidate of ÀPC in the November poll, Andy Uba, called for unity of purpose, asking all those who felt aggrieved to forget the past and join hands to move the party forward and assured that all efforts would be redoubled to ensure that the party improved its chances in the state.
Responding, Ejidike pledged not to betray the trust reposed on his leadership and Ejidike appreciated Uba, who he described as the party’s leader, for his contributions to hold the party together.