THE Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has perhaps made its clearest intent yet towards the race for the Government House in 2019, with an attempt to restructure the state party.
The change is becoming more obvious as “big names” continue to gather in the party, the recent been the arrival of immediate former governor of the state, Sullivan Chime.
At the weekend, the state chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, inaugurated members of the state caucus. Nwoye, who doubles as the chairman of the caucus, said that the caucus was part of the repositioning process ahead of the 2019 elections.
Members of the caucus are former governor of old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, one time Senate President, Ken Nnamani, Sullivan Chime, former Military Governor of Gombe State, Group Capt. Joe Orji, who like Chime, recently joined the party, and the highest ranking political appointee of the party in the state, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeffrey Onyeama.
Others are, the Director- General of Voice of Nigeria, (VON) Mr. Osita Okechukwu, foremost transporter and Chief Executive officer (CEO) Peace Mass Transit Ltd, Evang. Sam Onyishi, former Secretary to Enugu state government, Chief Onyemauche Nnamani, the party’s flagbearer in the 2015 elections, Okechukwu Ezea, former Speaker of State House of Assembly, Eugene Odoh, party financier, Emperor Baywood Ibe and former national secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Rex Onyeabor, among others
Describing the caucus members as great men and women, whose contributions will move the party forward, Nwoye noted the significance of the restructuring “because the ex-governors, senators and former speaker, were not members of the party two years ago. We now want to constitute the conscience of the party to help us direct the party because we have a date with the Lion Building, Enugu’s Government House in 2019.”
The party’s South East Vice chairman, Hon. Emma Eneukwu, who was represented by the zonal publicity secretary, Chief Hyacinth Ngwu, observed that by the inauguration of the caucus, the state APC was ahead of others in preparations towards the 2019 elections.
The Director General of VON, Okechukwu, disclosed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government was fulfilling its campaign promise to the state, as the Federal Government recently attracted a South African mining firm to partner with State Government, with a view to reviving Enugu coal mines to generate electricity and boost economy of the zone. This was a promise the president made on his first presidential campaign stop in Enugu in 2015, at the Okpara Square.