Enugu APC appoints 37-man caucus for 2019 elections
• Kebbi PDP chairman with 5,000 stakeholders defect to APC
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Enugu state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced a 37-man caucus in the state to help it work out modalities for victory.
The committee, which will be chaired by the state chairman, Ben Nwoye, has former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, ex-Senate President, Ken Nnamani, Foreign Affairs Minister, Jeffrey Onyeama and Immediate past governor of the state, Sullivan Chime.
Others are former Military governor of Gombe State, Group Capt Joe Orji (rtd), former Speaker, Eugene Odoh, former Secretary to State Government, Onyemuche Nnamani, Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, former governorship candidate, Okechukwu Ezea, business mogul, Mr Sam Onyishi and Chief Rex Onyeabo and Chief Baywood Ibe among others.
Inaugurating the caucus at the party secretariat in Enugu at the weekend, Nwoye said the move was part of efforts to reposition the party towards winning the 2019 general elections in the state.
He explained that the caucus was remarkable as it drew membership from those who were with the party two years ago. “These are great men and women, who we know that with their contribution, not just financial, but by directive and direction, that this party will move forward.
“We now want to constitute the conscience of the party to help us direct the party because we have a date with the Lion Building, Enugu’s Government House in 2019,” he said
South East Vice chairman of APC, Chief Emma Eneukwu, represented by the zonal publicity secretary, Chief Hyacinth Ngwu, noted that Enugu State chapter of APC was the first state in the Southeast to inaugurate the state caucus.
Director General of VON, Osita Okechukwu, declared that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government was fulfilling its campaign promises to the state, stressing that aside provision of loans to cooperative groups, the Federal Government recently attracted South African mining firm to partner with Enugu State Government, with a view to reviving Enugu coal mines to generate electricity and boost economy of the zone.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 5,000 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Kebbi State have defected to All Progressives Congress (APC).At the defection ceremony, which took place yesterday at the Presidential Lodge Birnin Kebbi, Governor Atiku Bagudu described the occasion as a way of fostering unity among the political elite and promote democracy in the state.
“With your political experience we need you people support and cooperation in carrying out some campaign promises, and with your coming the state would progress and unity would avail,” he added.
Speaking at the ceremony, the former PDP chairman, Alhaji Bello Doya, said that their decision was taken after consultation with its supporters and because of the crisis that is rocking the party.
“The leadership of PDP has disappointed people so we have decided to leave the party and join the promising one,” he added.Also in his remarks, a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in the PDP-led Government, Nura Kangiwa commended the present administration for its developmental projects.