Concensus Doesn’t Mean Imposition, Umahi Cautions APC

Concensus Doesn’t Mean Imposition, Umahi Cautions APC
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By Oswald Agwu, Abakaliki

Governor David Umahi has warned members of the All Progressives Congress in the State against imposition of unpopular candidates on the party in the name of consensus.

Umahi gave the warning on Monday, during the Party’s enlarged Stakeholders Meeting held at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.

Speaking against the backdrop of the Party’s forthcoming Congresses in the State, Umahi maintained that though the party emphasizes consensus, the principle must be tested in the field to ensure the emergence of popular candidates for a rancor free exercise.

Emphasizing the need for the members of the party to work together to ensure Party’s victory in 2023 general elections, he advocated for transparency and level play ground for all contenders, pleading that anyone who wishes to contest any of the positions during the congresses, should be allowed to doing so.

Governor Umahi further chided some persons who designated themselves as APC foundation members in the State, stressing that there was nothing as such because every member was once in another party before joining APC.

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According to him, it was the drive for the Party to increase its membership that motivated it to intensify strategies to win over more Governors from.the Peoples Democratic Party.

Umahi emphasized: “Our party emphasizes consensus but this consensus must be tested in the field because if you say that this person is the most popular and acceptable by the people, the will of the people must prevail if we want to win elections.

“Consensus does not mean that we will stay in Abakaliki and results of those who will represent the rural people that is not consensus. Consensus is where at least 80% of the stakeholders of a particular ward agree that these people are the most popular people not when one or two stakeholders say these are the list, I don’t think this is what we are looking for.

“So, we will like to have transparent congress; we will like the rural people to have their say so that our elections will be rancor free, so that there will be peace.

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“There is nobody here that was not in one party before the other.

“So, we are all joining APC at different time. And so, there is nothing like foundational APC members, foundational PDP members. There is nothing like that.

“If APC did not need more members, they will not be doing everything to win more Governors from PDP.

This is very vital and we demonstrated this in the caretaker committee and they came together, they are not working as old APC or old PDP

“They are working as APC and this is what we emphasized.

“We are not going to stop anybody from buying form, nobody is going to be stopped from buying forms.

“Anybody who refuses to abide by the consensus arrangement at the ward must be allowed to stand the election.”

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The State Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha in a remark, urged the party members to work together to ensure the success of the congresses.

He further charged members to follow the Party’s laid down processes in channeling their grievances whenever they feel offended, indicating that the party has been fair to every member in the state.

Emegha added: “We will never allow anybody to change the narratives.

“We have a lot of avenues by Ebonyi behaviour and the provisions of the constitution to handle issues if you feel aggrieved.

“Writing to the national is not the best because nobody from outside will come in between to solve our problems.

” We will solve our problems by ourselves.”


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