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2023: Sullivan Chime, Nnamani, Others Avoid Tinubu’s Enugu Campaign Rally

Major party stakeholders boycotted the APC presidential campaign event in the state on Wednesday, worsening the crisis roiling the All Progressives Congress in Enugu State.

Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, is said to have been welcomed by key APC figures at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport before making his way to Michael Okpara Square, where he addressed party members.

Geoffrey Onyeama, the state’s minister of foreign affairs; Ken Nnamani, a former president of the Senate; Sullivan Chime, a former governor of the state; Eugene Odoh, a former speaker of the state House of Assembly; and Chief Onyemuche Nnamani, a former secretary to the state government, among others, stayed away from the campaign rally.

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Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the director general of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Ben Nwoye, the recently-retired state party chairman, and Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku, a presidential adviser, were also not present.


The angry party leaders gathered at Chime’s Enugu home and spoke to journalists while the presidential candidate traveled to the rally’s location.

They claimed that by skipping the event, they were letting the APC national leadership know that there was an urgent need to address the situation in the state chapter of the party.

Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State, has come under fire for reportedly seizing control of the APC organization in Enugu State and dispersing the party.

All of the speakers, including Chime, Nnamani, and Odoh, claimed they were unaware of the rally’s planning and schedule.

However, they praised Tinubu as a strong contender and assured allies that they would fight to ensure his win in the election.

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Chime said, “We received our presidential candidate at the airport. We believe in him, he is the best.


“However, we are not at Okpara Square because of the internal issues we have in Enugu within the party. It has been there and this is because sometime in October 2021, a non-member was foisted on us after the botched state party congress as a so-called chairman.

“The party leaders went to Abuja, complained but nobody took them seriously, the issues continued. So, we have to distance ourselves from the local chapter of the party.

“After today, we expect that the party will do the right thing.”


On the party’s candidate, Chime said, “We will ensure that he gets more than the required 25 per cent. Enugu must be counted.

“Today’s event is just a rally, the major thing is the election and we are working hard to see to the victory of the party.”

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Meanwhile, Tinubu gave his supporters assurances that he will turn Igboland into an industrial hub at the gathering that drew a sizable throng.

He was extremely critical of the previous administrations for failing to build the Second Niger Bridge, which he said the APC administration had finished and would soon be inaugurated.

Ndigbo were urged to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards by the APC candidate.

He said, “Let’s tell each other the whole truth, we are still fighting for a railway line and struggling across the country to build our port, to build a rail line from Zungeru to Lagos to Calabar to Enugu, rail to evacuate those coal and fire our furnaces to produce electricity. “Don’t bring me that nonsense of estimated billing and that you are not ready, no we can do it ourselves. Not just export of yam and cassava only, we can be an agro processing centre.

“We have only over 200 million people to feed, we are not going to starve to death.


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“As you pray, be ready to sacrifice for Nigeria. Here you are, if the Federal Government collaborates with you, if you elect me as the president and we work together, we can site the industrial hub for Enugu, an industrial hub for Imo, for Ebonyi, Anambra, Abia, build seaports, two in Port Harcourt, fabricating engines, making all the things necessaries not just cutlass and bag makers.

“Enugu will become an industrial hub greater than before. There will be jobs for all of you. You have the edible mineral resources to propel economic recovery. You are all equally an agricultural powerhouse that can produce many cash crops even before now you were producing flowers and exporting them.”



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