By Ifeoma Aka
Enugu – Dr Ben Nwoye, Enugu State All progressive Congress, (APC) Chairman, says he has been vindicated over his assertion that Sen. Ken Nnamani is an ambivalent party man who is not proud of the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nwoye had on New Year, accused Nnamani of anti-party activities, saying he was hobnobbing with the incumbent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state.
Reacting to the statement by Sen. Nnamani that he would expose him, Nwoye said it was wrong for an elder in a party to continue with an undesirable dalliance with an opposition party in an election season.
Insisting that he never hurled insults at the former Senate President, the chairman said that he never for once used derogatory language or spoke in a manner that would suggest insults.
“In any case, respect in a party is earned through responsible membership and not by fiat. If the party doesn’t feel the impact or imprint of such a high profile personality, would it be wrong for the party to say so?
“We assure Sen. Nnamani of our respect at all times subject to his being an exemplary party man,’’ the chairman said.
He noted that it was wrong for the revered former Senate President to argue that he was not the campaign manager of the party’s candidates for various offices.
He also said that every committed party member was a compulsory campaign manager for candidates sponsored by the party.
Nwoye said that the party’s campaign was going on well and getting stronger by the day with massive endorsement of their candidates at various levels by many communities in Enugu State.
“The people of Enugu State are tired of the failure of the present government in the state and her representatives at Abuja to meet their expectations.
“They are only waiting for the next couple of weeks to dump their votes for President Muhammad Buhari and all our APC candidates’’ he said.
Nwoye noted that he would not speak for the candidates of the party on why they did not send Christmas gifts to Nnamani and wondered when candidates not sending hampers or cards at festivities became a crime to warrant it being counted against them by their leaders.
“Anyway, I leave the candidates to answer why they did not send gifts to our leader.’’
He said that by not addressing the issue of his dalliance with the opposition adequately, Nnamani has vindicated him on his allegation that he was not truly proud of his party.
“He has instead threatened to expose me. I did not know what he has about me that he wanted the public to know. I urged him to do so without delay. I am all ears,’’ Nwoye said. (NAN)