A faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Enugu State has insisted that the embattled Chairman of the party in the state, Ben Nwoye, must step aside to allow an independent investigation into the allegations of embezzlement and anti-party activities leveled against him.
The faction is being led by Mr. Adolphus Ude.
Their latest decision was reached at the end of a meeting they held weekend to discuss the on-going crisis in Enugu chapter of the Party.
According to Mr. Hycinth Nsude, who briefed newsmen at the end of the meeting, “prominent members of the party had advised that all aggrieved members be given a right to fair hearing.
“However, Nwoye who recently convened a meeting to address the lingering crisis rocking the Party in the state invited only members of his own faction who, at the end of their meeting, endorsed his continued stay in office.
“He (Nwoye) did so without carrying along the faction of the Party led by Adolphus Ude and former gubernatorial candidate, Valentine Nnaedozie, who he had purportedly suspended because they had accused him of engaging anti-party activities and also of diverting Party funds for personal use.
“Rather than listen to the advice given by prominent members of the Party, Mr. Nwoye rebuffed their suggestions and went ahead to preside as a judge in his own case.
“The members, therefore, call on all party leaders to maintain restraint and not allow their personal interests to override the party’s common goal of taking over the apparatus of government in the state by 2019.
“In view of this, we maintain that Ben Nwoye is to step aside immediately and allow an independent investigation into the allegations leveled against him, since the APC Constitution provides for the procedures on how grievances among party members or the state working committee should be addressed”, he said.
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