The Abia State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Benedict Godson, has vowed that the leadership of the party in the state, will resist any move to reappoint Trade and Investment Minister, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, in the yet to be inaugurated second cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He disclosed that the party does not support the current ongoing plans to reappoint Enelamah, pointing out that the minister was not committed to the growth of the party in Abia State.
Godson, who made the party’s position known, in an interview with newsmen, in Aba, on Friday, called on President Mohammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to ensure that Abia gets a committed minister, who has interest of the growth and development of the party and Abia state.
He claimed that Enelamah’s non-commitment and lackadaisical approach to party matters, contributed to most of the problems faced by the party in the state during the just concluded 2019 general elections in the State.
According to him, “We have a minister on paper, but nobody feels his Impact. Throughout the campaigns, he showed no interest. He is supposed to help in the building of this party, but he has remained unconcerned and lackadaisical to the interest of APC. He’s practically not an APC member. Now, he is being projected again to return as a minister which should not be so. We disown him, because, he is a saboteur to our party here in Abia. His attitude is serving the interest of the opposition.
“As for the plan of reappointing him, we wish to tell the presidency that APC is too big with so many qualified members for us to be appointing non-members. Enelamah is not a member of our party and should not be appointed as a minister again. No APC member in Abia knows his whereabouts. He has never attended any APC meeting. He kept saying he is a democrat and not a politician, but the issue here is if people didn’t bring out themselves to work, campaign and mobilize for APC, would he be waiting for appointment now?
The APC chieftain continued, “We must call spade a spade. You cannot reap where you didn’t sow.
We are saying that, he should be replaced with a real APC man who believes in the interest of the party and has worked for the growth of the party. He was used against us by the opposition. We are, therefore, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, our Party Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the leader of our party in Abia, Dr. Orji Uzor-Kalu to look into this matter and save the party from impending trouble should Enelamah be reinstated.
“Another issue is that this minister is also from the same constituency with Nigeria’s ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Dr. Uzoma Elizabeth Ikechi Emenike, who also doesn’t do anything for the party after getting appointment with the platform of APC. There are many qualified APC members all over Abia,” he added.
Meanwhile, as at the time of this report, efforts by our correspondent to reach the Minister or his Media Aide for reaction was unsuccessful.