The Anambra State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned labour and employment minister Dr Chris Ngige over his tacit support for Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, in the 2023 presidential election.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday. The party berated Ngige for not publicly declaring support for APC’s Bola Tinubu. Ngige had during an interview said his support was difficult to be declared because both Obi and Tinubu were his friends.
The state chairman of APC, Chief Basil Ejidike, in the statement, dissociated the party from Ngige’s comments.
According to him, “Ngige never said he represented the party during the interview and whatever he said was personal and does not reflect the position of the party in Anambra State”, adding that the state would deliver massive votes for Tinubu and Shettima.
He also said one Okelo Madukaife, a former publicity secretary in the party in the state, had ceased to hold the position since 2020.
According to the statement, “Okelo had been sacked by the party in 2021 and replaced with Valentine Oliobi as the substantive publicity secretary of the party in the state.
“He has been parading himself as the party’s spokesman when he is not a member. If the former national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, could step aside, I don’t know why Okelo Madukaife is still parading himself as the publicity secretary of the state APC.
“He was suspended in July 2021 for anti-party activities. As chairman of the party, I am not aware that Okelo has been re-admitted to the party. He is not a member of Anambra State APC.”