Enugu State chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Ben Nwoye has said that the party in the state is keeping its doors open to welcome new members into their fold.
Nwoye who stated this while addressing newsmen Tuesday said there was need for them to strengthen the party with a view to making it a formidable opposition.
The party chairman said that contrary to a statement credited to the state publicity secretary, Mrs. Kate Offor, that the party had resolved at an exco meeting held in Enugu that they did not need new members to join the party, he said the party needs more people to make it thick.
Nwoye also said that instead of not accepting new members into the party, they have even been shopping for bigwigs in other political parties to solidify the party for a formidable opposition.
He mentioned some top shots they have approached so that they would join the party like Chief Jim Nwobodo, Prof. Barth Nnaji, Senator Fidel Okoro among others.
He however clarified that in as much as he visited Prof. Barth Nnaji to join the party, he never sought him for any ministerial position as some party members allege.
“I led a group to pay a courtesy visit to Prof. Barth Nnaji. We want to build a formidable alternative. I did not go seeking to co-opt him to be minister, though he is free to join the party.
“Barth is not the only person we visited. We visited many people including PDP members to come and join us to build the party. We want big names to dump their parties for APC,” Nwoye clarifies.
Speaking particularly about the statement credited to the publicity secretary, Mrs Offor that the party had closed doors to welcoming new members, Nwoye said at no time did they hold any exco meeting where it was resolved that new members were not needed in the party.
“No exco meeting was held on Monday. There was no such meeting,” Dr. Nwoye points out.
He continues, “Enugu APC is open to all progressives to come and join the party, to build a formidable opposition.
“We did not win any seat at the state level. There is need for us to discuss with people with the intention to building the party.”
The party chieftain however regretted that instead of members to strive to build the party, they prefer to be jostling for ministerial and other positions.

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