By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja
Stakeholders and members of the All Progress Congress(APC) in Enugu have called on Mr. Ben Nwoye to step aside immediately, so as to allow an independent investigation into the allegations levelled against him.
Nwoye suspension was coming sequel to a meeting by members of the caucus of the Enugu APC held on July 16, 2017 to discuss the ongoing crisis in the state chapter of the party which has led to the factionalization of the party into two camps.
Recall that the suspended state chairman who was instrumental to the crisis of the party and the South East Zonal vice chairman convened a meeting without the faction of the party led by comrade AC Ude, which according to a statement made available to LEADERSHIP can be traced to the earlier purported suspension announced by Nwoye against former gubernatorial candidate in the state, Mr. Val Nnadozie.
Ude led faction had alleged that Nwoye fraudulently diverted party funds and in violation of the party constitution, Nwoye however denies this claim.
While it was widely speculated that the meeting of the caucus will address the lingering crisis, the statement said it appeared that the efforts of the crisis hit the rock already as prominent members of the party insisted that all aggrieved members should be given a right to fair hearing.
Rather than listen to them, the statement averred that Nwoye rebuffed their suggestions and decided to preside as a judge in his own case.
Other party members observed that the party constitution provides for the procedures on how grievances among party members or the state working committee should be addressed.
Stakeholders and members of the party in Enugu are calling on all party leaders not to allow their personal interests to override party interests.