The All Progressives Congress in the South-East has been allegedly plunged into crisis over the move to fill the vacant post of National Auditor of the party.
The position became vacant after Chief George Moghalu’s appointment as Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority.
The South-East APC Zonal Working Committee headed by Emma Eneukwu has been accused by some members of the party, particularly the Anambra APC Media Community, of hijacking the replacement process, forcing leaders of the party in Anambra State to call an emergency meeting for today to resolve the issue.
Our correspondent learnt that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, Dr Andy Uba and Dr Tony Nwoye are among the APC chiefs expected at the meeting.
Speaking at a press conference in Awka on Friday, the leader of the Anambra APC Media Community, Pascal Otimkpu, said the Aneukwu panel had thrown open the position of the APC National Auditor originally zoned to Anambra to the other states in the zone, allegedly asking each contestant to pay N2m as nomination fee.
Otimkpu said, “Before now, the state chapter of the party had concluded plans to make the process free, fair and credible and as such started with its own process of filling the vacant position.
“But now we are reliably informed that the South-East APC led by Emma Eneukwu has concluded plans to impose N2m as nomination fee on each aspirant to be allowed to contest the position.
“He has moved party meetings to the Imo State Governor’s Lodge in Owerri, where he intends to achieve his agenda.
“This is callous and sadist action (N2m nomination fee). It is also illegal and unconstitutional. This is totally strange to the letters of our party’s constitution.
“The office of The zonal chairman is not empowered to collect such fees. This cannot be allowed to stand. It is not within the rights of the zonal chairman to impose such fees.”