The absence of some key members of the South East APC, at the meeting hosted by Gov Hope Uzodinma in Owerri recently, have shown that all is not well within the party in the South East.
The former Governor of Imo State, and Senator representing Orlu Zone, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, as well as the Senate Chief Whip and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, along with members of National Assembly caucus of the party in the South East, were notably absent at the meeting in Owerri. They did not offer any explanation for their absence.
The meeting had in attendance, the former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the first civilian governor of Abia State, and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr.Chris Ngige, a sacked governor of Anambra State and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State, Mines and Development, Dr.Uche Ogah, Minister of State, Education, Dr.Emeka Nwajiuba, as well as some other members of the party from the South East.
Spokesman to the former Imo State governor, Mr. FCC Jones Onwusoanya, reacting through a post on Facebook, stated that the meeting did not hand over the leadership of the APC in the South East to Governor Hope Uzodinma.
Reacting, Onwuasoanya stated, that it was the wrong notion, for anybody to assume that the party had conferred leadership of to party in the South East, to Gov Hope Uzodinma.
Onwuasoanya stated, that there were other meetings aimed at strengthening the APC in the South East going on.
He stated that there were ongoing meetings involving the party leaders in the South East, including national leaders such as His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and leaders of the Party from Imo State and the Southeast. Onwuasoanya stated that the meetings shall continue.
Onwuasoanya stated that the meetings were in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, to foster peace and reconciliation within the party.
Onwuasoanya faulted the Uzodinma organized meeting.