South-East groups of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have condemned the appointment of a chieftain of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, Anayo Nnebe, as an aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The Conference of APC State Publicity Secretaries and South-East APC Young Progressives Forum in Awka, Anambra State issued a statement on Wednesday, describing the appointment as “an affront” to his party’s loyalists in the area.
“This is empowering APC’s enemies to kill us in the zone,” they stated.
They atherefore call on the leadership of the party to intervene and prevail on the Speaker to nullify the appointment “in the interest and growth of the party.”
The groups which rejected the appointment of Nnebe in its totality, saying political positions in the ruling party should not serve to rehabilitate opposition.
“We reject the appointment of Anayo Nnebe as Special Assistant (South East) to the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
“Nnebe is … opposition to APC in Anambra State, the South-East zone and Nigeria in general. Political positions in the ruling party should not serve to rehabilitate oppositions…
“Registering in future with APC is not even an incentive because the sun must first shine on those standing before (it shines on) those kneeling.
“Our understanding of this move is that the South-West caucus of APC, from which Gbajabiamila hails, is undoing APC in the South East, and it is highly objectionable.
“The Senate President made a similar error and promptly corrected it when issues were raised, and there ought to be enough deterrence flowing from there.”
On its part, the South-East APC Young Peoples Forum also condemned what it called the attitude of APC leaders in empowering the “enemies of the party” against qualified men and women in the party, enjoining Gbajabiamila to reverse the appointment.
“This is a great disservice to party men and women who staked their integrity and name for this party.”
“Where is the reward for loyalty for this party?” the group asked.