APGA Government Wicked, Hypocritical — South East APC Young Forum

APGA Government Wicked, Hypocritical — South East APC Young Forum

By RAYMOND OZOJI

On Jan 15, 2024

The Anambra State Chapter of the Southeast APC Young Progressives Forum has described the APGA led state government in Anambra as wicked, callous, insensitive and hypocritical.

The state chapter of the Southeast APC Young Progressives Forum in a press statement signed by its National Coordinator Comrade Paschal Candle and the Anambra Coordinator Comrade Michael Chibuzo, held that the APGA led state government is at war with the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yet it pretends to be in cordial relations with the APC led federal government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The group also accused Anambra State Government of being despotic, dictatorial and tyrannical in the way and manner it is running the affairs of the state. The group maintained that the brazen disregard and disrespect for the rule of law and fundamental rights of the citizenry have been made manifest in the blight cast on traditional rulers and town unions Presidents-General.

They amongst numerous issues of public concern berated vehemently the suspension of Royal Fathers who conferred chieftaincy titles on deserving Anambra indigenes as well as cancellation of town union elections where APC members won outrightly.

They said it was sheer hypocrisy for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to claim to congratulate President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for not interfering with the Supreme Court judgements delivered recently.

That APGA can not be congratulating the President for the enthronement of rule of law and democratic processes yet the same APGA led state government has blatantly continued to promote illegalities and undemocratic processes by recycling Transition Committees in place of democratically elected local government officials.

Again, the Southeast APC Young Progressives Forum in its press statement further accused the APGA led state government in Anambra of planting the seed of hatred in the hearts of Ndi-Anambra as the party has persistently brainwashed the people to believe that APC is a party for the Fulanis and Boko Haram insurgents yet the same APGA is having a romance with an APC led federal government.

The group’s press statement reads, ” We, The South East APC Young Progressives Forum, Anambra State chapter has watched with bemusement the hypocritical congratulations of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to the APC-led government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Justices of the Supreme Court over the recent slew of judgments the apex court delivered in various Governorship Election Petition Appeals before it.

In their congratulatory message, APGA, which is the outgoing and ruling party in Anambra State, hailed President Bola Tinubu to high heavens and added that “the President’s non-interference in the judicial process is a testament to his commitment to ensuring the birth of a new Nigeria where the rule of law reigns supreme.” We make bold to ask, how does the responsibility of Justices, an affair of Mr President if not for sycophancy that made APGA to issue such reckless statements.

We, The South East APC Young Progressives Forum ordinarily would not have raised eyebrows over this adulation of the President and the APC-led federal government by APGA if it came from a place of sincerity and good sportsmanship.

It is however obvious that APGA were bringing their hypocrisy and eye service to bear judging by their actions and propaganda against the APC in Anambra State and South East, the same party they were hailing to high heavens at the national level.

The branding of APC as Boko Haram Party and Fulani Party. The seed of hatred for APC in Anambra State was planted all the Churches, Markets, Schools by the Same APGA led Government in Anambra State. They used all machineries of Government to make our People hate APC and President Tinubu.

In fact, in 2023 Elections, APGA led Government in Anambra State supported Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and even gave financial support to PDP candidates where they have weak candidates.

Today, The APGA government in Anambra State led by Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo wants to be seen as an ally to the APC at the federal level but their actions on ground in the state towards the same APC betrays their sinister intention.

APGA officials in Anambra State and the Soludo administration as a whole always badmouth APC as a party when they speak to our people at the grassroot. They accuse APC of being clueless and deliberately bringing economic difficulties unto the citizenry. This is the same APC led by President Tinubu who APGA with the other side of their mouth is hailing as being “committed to ensuring the birth of a new Nigeria”. This is premium hypocrisy!

If the APGA hypocrisy stopped at that, it would have been manageable. However the APGA-led Soludo administration has classified APC in Anambra State as a potent political threat that must be subdued and have gone to employ sinister and draconian tactics to achieve that objective.

The latest of such is the suspension of traditional rulers in the state who gave chieftaincy titles to APC chieftains. Also, any APC member who wants to contest President-General of his community is seen as an outcast by APGA Led Government and such person is automatically disqualified even if he is popular. These have happened in Awukuzu town, Nimo, Mbaukwu and many other places. This is pettiness taken to the extreme!

We all saw how APGA and Prof. Soludo collected palliatives from APC led Government and failed to disclose it to our people. Till date, Ndi Anambra is asking, where is our own palliatives from Tinubu.

The APGA government in Anambra State is no longer content with hijacking federal government interventions and re-baptising it as theirs, they want to obliterate anything APC in Anambra State and would not mind if the Tinubu administration from the federal level begin to see APGA in Anambra as the state chapter of the APC instead of Anambra APC.

This whole hypocritical grandstanding from APGA and Soludo is simply geared towards reducing the appetite or keenness of the APC at the federal level from trying to bring Anambra State into the APC fold in the 2025 governorship elections.

To further underline the naked hypocrisy in the APGA congratulations, the party is not a party in any of election petition appeals and therefore can easily be seen as a meddlesome interloper. Secondly, APGA talks about renewing of hope in our democratic process yet are running an undemocratic system in the 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra State with illegal transition committees and zero accountability. Hypocrisy couldn’t be this audacious!

The South East APC Young Progressives Forum therefore wish to call on the All Progressives Grand Alliance to remove the garment of hypocrisy and stop speaking from two sides of their mouth as far as APC is concerned both at the national level and at the state level.

The Soludo administration should also face governance instead of hounding its political opponents or using the instrumentality of state power to intimidate traditional or religious institutions that dare associate with APC or any of its stakeholders in Anambra State.

Soludo has enough headaches to tackle ranging from the broken down internal security in our cities, especially the state capital Awka, crude waste management system, thuggish revenue collection and confiscation of items belonging to poor citizens, etc.

He should face these governance issues squarely and see if he can deliver the African Dubai Taiwan he promised Ndi Anambra instead of the sycophantic posturing towards the APC government at the federal level.”

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