Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, weekend, maintained that he remains in charge of the party in the State.
DAILY POST reports that this is coming amidst claims by the Deacon Okey Ogbodo faction of the party, who had interpreted a recent Federal High Court judgement to mean that Nwoye had been axed.
But speaking to journalists at the Enugu APC secretariat, Nwoye said he was maintaining his stand that Ogbodo was not a member of the party.
“The records are still clear that Okey Ogbodo is not a member of the APC, everybody in Enugu Politics understands that Okey Ogbodo is a PDP man, who is paid by the PDP in Enugu State to destroy and destabilize Enugu State APC,” he claimed.
Nwoye added that “the April fool news that I, Dr. Ben Nwoye, was removed by court last Thursday is just a false alarm. I still remain the only Chairman of Enugu State APC, having survived over seven litigations filed in multiple courts and in different states by Ogbodo and co.
“I am not against genuine aggrieved persons going to court to seek redress, but I frown at the likes of Ogbodo, who went to equity with dirty hands.
“Lawsuit is a democratic process and we are in a democracy, so when people feel aggrieved or that their rights have been short changed, they have every right to go to court just like Okey Ogbodo.
“That fact became very clear on Thursday, 17th, January when they paid new age media and some bloggers to disseminate to Enugu people and the rest of the world false news, despite the clear pronouncement by the court, despite a well reasoned opinion of the court.
“Okey Ogbodo and those who sponsored him are entitled to their opinion but they are not entitled to make up their own fact, the fact remains that I still remain the chairman of APC, Enugu State.”
On the rumoured disqualification of the APC gubernatorial and other candidates in the state, the Chairman, maintained that “the outcome of the court on Thursday does nothing to the candidates of the party in the state.”