By Franca Ochigbo, Abuja

All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State has passed a vote of no confidence in Mr. Ben Nwoye and removed him as the chairman.

He is accused of bad leadership and gross insubordination to the party authorities and attempting to balkanise the party

In a communiqué by 42 members of the executive committee, Nwoye is accused of insubordination to authorities and wanting to balkanise the party at the state level.

According to the communiqué, the decision was taken on the grounds of gross misconduct, disregard for the party’s constitution and congress guidelines as spelt out by the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party.

Addressing reporters at a news conference, the acting Deputy State Chairman, Prince Gilbert Nnaji, accompanied by other executive members, notably the Secretary, Chief Robert Eze, Woman Leader, Mrs. Oby Nwofor, Youth Leader, Joshua Mamah and Financial Secretary, Dr. Amaka Adonu and others, said: “The exco members have come together to rescue the party from its looming dismemberment, should Nwoye remain as the chairman.

In the communiqué, the 42 members of the state executive committee pushing for Nwoye’s removal, detailed a number of his actions, including his decision to unilaterally swear in ward executives even when the results had not been ratified by the CECPC.

Nnaji said: “The congress held nationwide was done within set guidelines. We witnessed the coming of the ward congress committee and even held a stakeholders’ meeting, from which we went on to witness one of the best congresses held nationwide where our leaders came together and peacefully elected their ward executives. Surprisingly, we saw our Chairman, Nwoye, wake up and swear in people who never contested in the congresses. This was happening even when the results were yet to be ratified by the CECPC, even as the Appeals Committee was yet to commence its hearing. This, you will agree with me, is a flagrant disregard for the guidelines and his conduct is unbecoming of an officer of the party, which is capable of causing rancour within the party’s fold and reducing our chances of winning the 2023 governorship election and winning in the state in the presidential election.”

The exco members also accused Nwoye of attempting to cause disaffection within the party by encouraging members to take the party to court, using a number of pretexts to do so.

They unanimously moved for his removal and appointed in his stead, Prince Nnaji, the deputy state chairman, as the acting chairman.

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