APC Will Take Over Abia, Only If It’s Members Can Offer Credible Opposition To Labour Party- Group

APC Will Take Over Abia, Only If It’s Members Can Offer Credible Opposition To Labour Party- Group

Group under the aegis of APC Grassroots Movement, has lambasted the All Progressive Congress In Abia, over the recent romance of some of its members with the sitting Governor of the state,who is a member of the Labour Party.

The group accused some of the ranking members of the party, the likes of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives,Hon Benjamin Kalu,for having a romance with Governor Alex Otti, instead of playing and offering a credible opposition.

Rising from its Monthly meeting in Owerri,the group’s chairman of Imo State Chapter,Hon Augustine Agueri, said Abia APC is in dire need of leaders who are proud to identify with their party both in their state and at Federal level,stating that Abia State is APC can take over the Governorship of the state for the very first time, only if leaders of the party can offer credible opposition to the ruling party that has already failed Abians.

According to the group,Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 General elections,has continued to oppose the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu. “Obi is eyeing the coveted seat and has maintained his opposition to the APC led Federal government with a view to positioning himself and Labour Party as a better alternative, while Hon. Ben Kalu showers Dr. Chioma Otti with praises and awards, even as Otti is sabotaging the effort of Federal government by not implementing the wage award.

“APC in Abia should be desirous of taking over Abia government House in 2027 and wish to present the party as a credible alternative to the misgovernance of Labour Party. The party has been welcoming thousands of decampees from other parties to its fold, which is a direct indication that APC is the next big choice for Abians. It is therefore worrisome that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu will rather turn a blind eye to the myriad of unsolved challenges, abuse of Office and fiscal abuses confronting the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Chioma Otti but rather decided to pour undeserving enconiums on him.

“Recently the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives,Hon Benjamin Kalu visited the Governor of Abia state,Gov Alex Oti on a thank you visit .

“We also learnt that Rt. Hon. Ben Kalu’s supposed thank you visit to Dr. Alex Otti for the civic reception he organised for him was in company of former Minister for labour and other APC chieftains. These APC leaders were full of praises for the man their party want to unseat because, according to them, elections are over.

The group further stated, “While it is good to maintain a cordial working relationship with the Governor of your state and also foster robust inter party synergy and accord irrespective of political affiliations; it is more important to avoid losing sight of the opposition’s role. However, there must be a tactical balancing of the role of the opposition and maintaining good working relationship. However, the entire Abia APC was taken aback by the exact words of the Deputy Speaker, wherein he diminished his party in Abia.

“Hon. Ben was so consumed in his praises for the Labour party Governor that he forgot to remind him of what President Tinubu was doing at the Federal level to recover the country’s economy and even among APC controlled states.

“The Deputy Speaker through self-serving and parochial political interest, and of grave disservice to APC was captured on tape, saying that Abia is now an Eldorado when the Governor has not deemed it necessary to add a kobo as wage award to compliment the efforts of the APC Federal Government.

“Unfortunately, Hon. Kalu’s visit coincided with the raging controversy generated by the financial malfeasance exposed through SFTAS quarter 1 budget report of 2024. The report was posted by Abia State government on its website which clearly showed that the Governor had spent over N11billion as his personal overhead expnses, when their State Polytechnic is still being owed 30 months arrears, likewise the Abia state University lecturers, owed 12 months arrears.

“Understandandbly, internal politics of whom the governor, Dr. Otti will hand over the baton of governance to has continued to determine how Hon. Ben Kalu address Gov otti in public, irrespective of the fact that he is not a labour party member. However, the Deputy Speaker should be circumspect when speaking in public, especially considering the high he occupies in APC as opposition party in the state .

“Regrettably, all Hon. Ben Kalu’s activities at the Governor’s Nvosi village has the full trappings of anti party”.

The group further called for APC in Abia to rise to play the role of opposition party and not be held down by selfish interest of the leaders who put their personal interest above the party and Abians who are yawning for better alternative.

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