APC guber candidate slapped by party Chieftain over ministerial slot in Buhari govt

The alleged brawl occurred on Thursday, April
30, during a closed-door meeting of the South-
East leaders at Imo state Governor’s Lodge in
Abuja.

The All Progressives Congress in Enugu State is
heating up as the party’s Vice Chairman in the
South East, Emma Eneukwu and the
gubernatorial candidate in the April 11
governorship election, Okey Ezea reportedly
clashed at a meeting in Abuja.
Eneukwu allegedly slapped Ezea following an
argument, which bothered on ministerial slot in
Buhari’s administration.
The alleged brawl occurred on Thursday, April 30,
during a closed-door meeting of the South-East
leaders at Imo state Governor’s Lodge in Abuja,
chaired by Governor Rochas Okorocha .
Senator Chris Ngige , Senator Osita Izunaso ,
General J. O. J. Okoloagu (rtd.) were also said
to be present at the meeting, in which agenda
was believed to be about the sharing of key
appointments in the incoming government.
According to report, Ezea recounted what
happened at the meeting in a text message that
was forwarded to journalists in Enugu on Friday,
May 1.
In the SMS, Ezea said Eneukwu slapped him
after he told the South-East leaders that Nsukka
zone, where he hails from, should produce the
minister – accusing Eneukwu of wanting the slot
for himself.
The text message, which Ezea confirmed to
Punch emanated from him reads, “Emma
Eneukwu slapped me today because I told
South-East leaders that Nsukka has not been
minister since 1999.
“He did this before Rochas, Ngige, Izunaso, J. O.
J, Gen. Eze, Ucha etc.
“I just said the truth and requested justice and
equity in the affairs of our party and Enugu
State.
“Emma (Eneukwu) wants to be minister by
violence. Emma is from Udi Local Government
Area which has been producing minister since
2007, including the incumbent, Chinedu Nebo.”
Eneukwu however refuted the slapping claim and
dismissed the incident.
“I am surprised about that, nothing like that
happened, I am very surprised. That story is
alien to me; I don’t know anything about it.
“Maybe it is a calculated attempt to mar my
image. I didn’t attack anybody, I am not a thug.
I don’t fight,” he said.
On what happened at the meeting, he said, “We
went to see Buhari, that was all I knew. Nobody
was talking about appointment.
“We will not be talking about appointment when
the party has not decided on the positions that
should come to the zone. We have not known
the positions allocated to the zone.”
It was gathered that the incident has caused
confusion in the Enugu camp of the APC.

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