‘Southeast leaders betrayed our trust’

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Houses of Assembly candidates in the Southeast, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have accused party leaders in the zone of betraying them.

They also accused the governors of negotiating with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors against APC candidates, alluding to the fact that rather than campaign for them, the APC leaders mobilised votes for the opposition. They described the action as anti-party.

In a communiqué at the end of their meeting in Abuja, the candidates, on the platform of Conference of 2019 Southeast APC House of Assembly Candidates, hinged the party’s failure to the negative activities of the party leaders.

They accused the leaders of anti-party activities, alleging that most of them campaigned for the opposition and also negotiated with governors to give 25 per cent votes to the President Muhammadu Buhari.

The communiqué, signed by Tochukwu Onyedibe and Confidence Chukwuedozie, Coordinator and Secretary, also noted with dissatisfaction, the outcome of the National Assembly leadership election, raising concerns over the imbalance on the composition of the leadership of the National Assembly.

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The communiqué reads: “The Conference noted with dismay the negative activities of some party leaders in the zone, which contributed to the unimpressive performance of the party in the Southeast. Most of them are guilty of anti-party activities. They neglected their party’s candidates and campaigned for the opposition, and even went into unholy alliances with the governors to give our presidential candidate 25 per cent votes, forgetting that we have all it takes to win the election.

“We noted with dissatisfaction the outcome of the National Assembly leadership election, and raised concern about the imbalance on the composition of the new leadership. The conference hopes on the growth and improved performance of the party in the zone, and urge all party organs on the need for proactive programmes and early preparation towards the next elections.

“For equity, fairness and growth, the conference is appealing to President Buhari and APC national leadership to address concerns of the Southeast on inclusive governance to promote national cohesion.

“We laud the party for setting up a committee on the review of anti-party activities, and urge the leadership to fully implement the committee’s report, especially as it concerns the Southeast.”

(The Nation)