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APGA suffers huge setback in Enugu as Bede Chukwuekezie, 16 LG chairmen and others shun state congress

The problem bedevilling the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the national level seems to have snowballed to the states. There was obvious confirmation that all is not well with APGA yesterday in Enugu state when it’s gubernatorial candidate in just concluded elections Mr Bede Chukwuekezie, shunned the state congress. Our sources told us that his absence is connected with his total opposition to the national chairman, Victor Oye who betrayed him in the last election.  
It was also clear that none of the other candidates in the last election was present except the organiser and the national vice chairman south east, who also contested for senate. Notable candidates who were absent were; Chief Gbazueagu Nweke Gbazueagu, who contested for senate, Group Captain Orji and Chief Paschal Agubuzor who contested for Udi/Ezeagu and Aninri/Awgu/Oji federal constituency respectively. 
Other people that were not present during the congress were 16 out of 17 local government chairmen of the party in the state who are strong supporters of Mr Bede Chukwuekezie. They avoided the congress because of the reservations they have on how the party is been run by leadership of the party especially the inability of Uche Nwegbo to carry party leaders along. 
One of the chairmen who spoke with us vehemently condemned the whole process as a sham. “How can you conduct a state congress when you have not had ward and local government congresses? Where will you get the delegates for the state congress? What Uche Nwegbo and Victor Oye are doing is just to kill the party. We have decided not to participate in anything that will lead to the downfall of the party and that is what they are doing”. 
Further investigation revealed that the near total boycott was connected to the fact that Uche Nwegbo refused to sell nomination forms to party members who wanted to contest for some positions. He reserved the forms for his friends and cronies and was merely asking individuals to contest for some offices he didn’t have his friends to put in. Ben Onwudinjo, after purchasing a draft of N100,000 for state chairmanship nomination form was told by Nwegbo that there was no form for him. 
Every effort to speak with Nwegbo was rebuffed. 

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