The all Progressives Congress, APC has vowed to oust the Governor of Enugu State in the 2019 polls come what may. Despite the factional clashes between the Ogbodo-led faction and the Nwoye faction, the party still fancies its chances of security the Gubernatorial election come 2019.
With the defection waves in Enugu sweeping old pioneer member from the PDP to the APC recently, the party may not be making empty bragging. PDP foundation members like Politicians such as Senators Jim Nwobodo and Ken Nnamani had since moved to the APC. Other Political Titans who have ditched the PDP for APC include: former Governor Sullivan Chime, former Speaker Eugene Odoh, and Deacon Okey Ogbodo, who was a commissioner in the state among others, who made PDP tick.
However, the influx of former PDP members into APC seems to have become a disadvantage following a clash of interests between old and new members. The clash took a major twist on Tuesday the two factions of the party in the state tried to gain control of the party’s secretariat. The fracas between the Dr. Ben Nwoye faction and the Deacon Okey Ogbodo faction made the commissioner of police sack both factions from the secretariat to avoid break down of law and order. Wielding clubs, supporters of both factions fought to a standstill until the police contained the situation and dispersed them. Interestingly, both factions are sharply divided on the method of primaries to select candidates. Whereas the Ogbodo group is for Direct primaries, the Nwoye group favours indirect primaries. Governorship aspirants appeared polarised by the disagreement.
Coming as a relief for the PDP is the fact that the leader of Ebeano politics in Enugu State, former Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani has resisted the please of APC and have joined forces with his former politcal platform, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and have accepted the Senatorial Nomination form procured him.