ABUJA – A chieftain of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Ejike Njeze, yesterday dismissed threats by the chairman of the party in Enugu state, Ben Nwoye, to expel the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for allegedly altering the list of delegates that will participate in the party’s forthcoming national convention, saying the allegations were unfounded.
Nwoye had alleged in a recent press briefing that the Minister breached Article 21 of the party’s delegates’ list and so deserved expulsion as punishment for such offence.
But in an interview with Vanguard in Abuja, Chief Njeze described the threat by the state chairman as an unfortunate and senseless protest against Onyeama’s foiling of his attempt to hijack and compromise the local government congresses in order to hand over a list of his cronies, family members and girlfriends as delegates to the party’s forthcoming national convention.
He added that Nwoye had no moral right to speak on the expulsion of a high-ranking member of the party from the state as he also has a heap of allegations bordering on fraudulent activities, criminalities and anti-party activities to answer to.
Njeze said; “the allegation that the Minister doctored the delegates’ list is unfounded. There is nothing like that. It is just an attempt to rubbish the name of the Minister and to put a stain on his impeccable record of integrity, credibility and uprightness.
“It is also an admittance of the fact that Ben Nwoye is also aware that the Minister is a man of impeccable character and he feels that he can just throw a mud on his name in a bid to run away from what the Minister has been trying to preach in the party.
“There is nothing like tinkering of list. What we had in the local government congress were situations where this same group of people who have plunged the party into crisis; who are APC in the morning and PDP in the evening and won’t even let the night come before they start playing the script of the PDP.
“This same people funded by the state government decided to divert, to their houses and hotels, the committee that was sent to conduct an all-inclusive delegates’ convention and handed over to them a list that was prepared before the actual congress.”
“That was what we observed and some of the major stakeholders got to our notice that this same people have hijacked the same local government convention process.”