Abia State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has accused the Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelama, of secretly working against the success of the party, alleging that he has been hobnobing with the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, members both at the federal and state level, thus abandoning his primary responsibility of supporting the activities of APC both at federal and state level .
In an interview with Nigerian Pilot in Abuja , the state APC Publicity Secretary, Comrade Ben Godson, said that the party is also saddened with the fact that the Minister has lost touch with the people of the State that provided him a platform to be a member of the Federal Executive Council.
He claimed that the Minister ought to be working closer with the APC state executives for the success of the party in subsequent elections , being the Minister representing the state at the Federal Executive Council but he has chosen to do otherwise by not identifying with activities of the party in the state.
“His appointment as a Minister automatically made him a key member of the party but we are disappointed that months into office, the Minister has not met with APC state party officials, not even the State Chairman of the Party, Donatus Nwankpa, not to talk of other stakeholders of the party in the state to discuss party issues, rather he claim to be APC member while he wine and dine with PDP members.
In the same vein, the party official expressed worry that some party members from the state are yet to get their due recognition in the new administration, thus urging the federal government to equitably spread appointments into positions in the government establishment in order to carry party members along in the administration.
“There is no doubt that some members of the party made sacrifices to build this party from the scratch to this point. Some others spent sleepless nights to ensure that the party come out victorious in the 2015 general elections. It’s unfair for such people to be left out in appointments and other activities of the government.
“It is also a height of injustice for people who came to the party after elections was won to get appointments while those who made sacrifices for party are left out the government. “
Speaking on the state of infrastructure in the Abia state, the state APC spokesman said that the governor, Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu, a protégé of the immediate past governor, Theodore Orji, is yet to wake up to the realities of governance.
He expressed worry that infrastructure, economic and security structure of the State has continue to deteriorate on daily basis thus calling for an emergency action to resolve the security issues that had resulted increase in crime, cultism and kidnapping .
“The height of this kidnapping and cult activities was the recent beheading of two students of the State University located in Uturu, “ he said.
The state APC spokesman was unhappy that Ukwa Federal Constituency which guaranteed the place of Abia State as an oil producing community has no government presence. Communities in the Constituency are lacking in road, water, hospital services and other basic amenities, resulting in poor standard of living of the people.
“Abia people are educated people, that deserves the best of services from our government. It is obvious fact the governor is a protégé of the immediate past governor, and he is still under his control but he should realize that the people needs attentions in areas of road, security and other infrastructural provisions.
He conveyed the message of the State Chapter of APC which issued a 60 days ultimatum to the governor to conduct local council elections, restore security or face the music from the party.
“The last time local council elections was conducted in the state was in 2010 during the first tenure of the immediate past governor, and since then it has been based on appointment. This has continued under the present government and that has been responsible for underdevelopment at the local communities. “

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