Mr. Sullivan Chime, former Enugu State Governor and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) has again mocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as a dead party.
The former Governor had earlier on May 6 announced the obituary of the PDP before the National Chairman of APC, John Odigie Oyegun, Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal and other party bigwigs who were at his Udi hometown to witness his registration with APC.
He made the latest mockery of his former party at an APC rally in Ngwo Uno, Udi LGA Enugu State, to receive Donald Nnadi, a former Chairman of PDP in the local government who defected to APC.
Addressing the rally, Chime who wielded a broom on his left hand, made it clear that APC was not quarrelling with PDP in Enugu as there was no need for that.
“Somebody alive does not need to fight somebody dead. What happened to PDP did not start from Enugu. It started from top. It is beyond Enugu. When we were in government, we visited every community. We identified the problems of our people. We went beyond sitting in Government House.
“We went to find out the problems of our people. We had limited resources. FG owed us N56 billion as at that time I left office. But because government is a continuum, the government on seat now is now benefitting from it.
“We expected them to address the problems of our people. Leadership is about having a good system. I can assure you that all your needs are documented. You may wake up and hear that they are handling this or that. I expect this government to continue with what we did” Chime said.
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Chime joined the call for power shift in Enugu West senatorial district, saying “it is only where you don’t have anybody that somebody spends 16 years in power.”
Chime said he would not be surprised that as soon as they leave the venue of the rally, some people would come to hold their own, out of fear of losing power.
“Anybody who cannot survive outside politics should not join politics. You must serve yourself before you serve others” Chime said.
Earlier, Emma Eneukwu, the APC National Vice Chairman for South-East declared that power must shift in Enugu West senatorial district to ensure equity and fairness.
The Enugu West senatorial district comprises of two federal constituencies-Udi/Ezeagu and Awgu/Oji/Aninri- and is currently represented at the National Assembly by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ekweremadu, from Awgu-Oji-Aninri federal constituency was first elected into the Senate in 2003 and has retained the seat for a fourth term till date.
But, Eneukwu who was represented by the Zonal Publicity Secretary, Hyacinth Ngwu, said power has stayed in Awgu/Oji/Aninri for too long and for equity and fairness, it must shift to Udi/Ezeagu.
“Before the 2015 election, we said we will not give our ticket to a federal constituency that has gone three times. That was why our candidate came from here (Udi). We have told greater Awgu that they have stayed too long. For equity and fairness, it must shift” Eneukwu said.
The Zonal Chairman challenged the Enugu State chapter of APC to do something about the issue at the right time.
Speaking in a similar vein, Joe Mammel, a former Commissioner in Chime administration who also team up with his former boss in APC, accused PDP of oppressing Udi-Ezeagu federal constituency.
Throwing light on the political landscape of Enugu West senatorial district, Mammel said Udi, Ezeagu and Oji River local governments have 20 wards each, while Awgu and Aninri have 11 and 10 wards respectively.
Mammel said it was baffling that the local government that has only 10 wards, the minority has been ruling the majority.
“It is because of our long throat. What we eat is bad. Even our people who benefitted from the past administration are joining in vilifying our brother (Sullivan) because of long throat. Let them come. We are hardworking people. I am from Ezeagu. Sullivan is from Udi. We are the same people. We are telling our brothers to stop insulting ourselves” Mammel said.
Earlier, Ben Nwoye, the State Chairman of APC said they were at Ngwo-Uno to heartily welcome Nnadi and enjoined other people in the area to join APC now in the drive towards a progressive and prosperous Nigeria.
The rally was attended by old and new members of APC including Ebubeagu Felix Okafor, Gab Onoh, Sunday Onoh, K.O.K Agbowo, Felix Chime and Oby Nwofor.
There was however a mild drama after the rally when journalists asked Chime to make a mid-term assessment of his successor, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of PDP but the former Governor declined.
“I am his employer? It is Enugu people that can assess him. Please, I am not his employer” Chime said.