Ikechi Emenike not ‘the devil’ blackmailers paint him to be – Rep Onyejeocha
* As Abia APC factions reconcile
By Steve Oko
Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives and member representing Isuikwuato-Umunneochi federal consituency, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, has said that the party’s governorship candidate, Chief Ikechi Emenike, is humble and simply nice contrary to the wrong picture blackmailers have painted about him.
Rep. Onyejeocha who made the remarks Saturday, while speaking at a reconciliation meeting at Ntalakwu Oboro Ikwuano Local Government Area when the various gladiators in the state chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, decided to end their hostilities and unite under one leadership and structure.
She said that her perception about Chief Emenike changed the moment she got closer to him and discovered that he is an honest and straight- forward person contrary to lies being peddled against him by his detractors.
Onyejeocha expressed delight that Abia APC had at last decided to come together and work as one united family, a development, she said had made the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state uncomfortable.
The lawmaker urged APC stakeholders and members to place the interest of the party above other considerations and make necessary sacrifices to enable the party wrest power from the PDP in 2023.
Meanwhile, the gladiators and their foot soldiers, at the historic reconciliation meeting
christined ‘Ntalakwu Declaration’, agred to bury their hatchet and collapse their structures and unite behind Chief Emenike, who they said “is the authentic governorship candidate of APC for the 2023 election”.
Former state Chairmen of Abia APC, Hon Donatus Nwankpa, and Fabian Nwankwo were on hand to affirm the reconciliation, urging their followers to cease fire and embrace one another as one united family.
Nwankpa urged party members to jettison divisive activities and embrace the only one APC in Abia recognised by the national secretariat of the party.
He noted that APC must be united for it to wrest power from the ruling PDP in 2023 and liberate the state from the bondage of misgovernance.
He accused the PDP of sponsoring people to distabilise and weaken APC ahead of the 2023 polls.
The former lawmaker regretted that Ebonyi State which was carved out from Abia, and Boko Haram infested Borno State had all become yardsticks of measuring performance while Abia is far behind them despite being an oil-producing state.
“The people of Abia have been crying for APC to save them from slavery”, he said.
“Today we have achieved reconciliation. Today is the end of factionalisation in Abia APC. There will be harmonisation and total integration with participatory role for every party member.”
He corroborated Rep Onyejeocha that Chief Emenike is not the ‘devil’ blackmailers painted him to be.
“Chief Emenike is a good man. People say he is intolerable but it’s not true. Emenike of yesterday is not Emenike of today. Emenike of today has learnt politics. Before he was not a politician.
“This is a new APC. Everybody will have a sense of belonging. There will be participatory role for everybody.”
Similarly, Nwankwo said the days of hostilities were over and that the party was in for a new dawn.
He urged everybody to come out from the trenches and make sacrifices in the interest of the party and the state.
The new sense of unity was loudly echoed in the seven-point resolution adopted and affirmed at the meeting and read by thr former Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, Rt Hon Martin Azubuike, who was in the factional camp before.
In their resolution, the party leaders and stakeholders affirmed Chief Emenike as leader and governorship candidate of Abia APC with Dr Kingsley Ononogbu as the State Chairman.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Emenike described the reconciliation as “the first major step in the long journey to Abia Government House”.
“We have everything in Abia APC to win election,” he said, adding with peace unity now prevailing in the party the 2023 general election would be a rich harvest for APC as the party would not only win the governorship but also the legislative seats.
He promised to provide a purposeful and inclusive leadership for Abia APC, giving every party me,ever a sense of belonging that would spur them to work very hard for the success of the party in 2023.
“We are together,” he declared and assured that he would not renege in any of his promises to strengthen the party to take over power in Abia and make everybody happy.
Chief Emenike promised to transform the state if given the opportunity as Governor in 2023.
” Nigeria has refused to develop but whether Nigeria develops or not I will create the first world-class state in this country”.
In his remarks, the host, Chief Emeka Atuma said that “Chief Emenike is the APC authentic governorship flag bearer”, and described any other claimants as an impostor.
He noted that since the history of Abia State, no indigene of the state had attracted federal jobs for Abians like Chief Emenike had done under the current administration.
Other APC chieftains present at the meeting were House of Representatives Spokesman, Hon Benjamin Kalu; national welfare officer of APC, Hon Friday Nwosu; former Labour Minister, Chief Emeka Wogu; among others.
They all expressed gratitude over the new found party unity and brought about by the landmark reconciliation which they to sustain for the growth and electoral success of the party.
In his remarks, the state Chairman of the party, Dr Ononogbu, thanked all those who facilitated the reconciliation meeting particularly Rep Onyejeocha for their roles and urged all members to work together.
He assured that every agreement reached with the various camps would be respected.
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