Leaders and stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, have expressed displeasure with the Chairman, Interim Management Committee, IMC, of the area, Hon Okechukwu Enyioha.

At a leadership meeting of the party held at Obinze, in Owerri West LGA at the weekend, the leaders, in their resolution, set up a nine man committee drawn from the three political blocs in the area, to interface with the Chairman on various issues including activities at the Local Government and the party structure.

The leaders decried lack of consultation on the part of the LGA Chairman with party leaders, stakeholders and appointees of the State Governor from Owerri West and also expressed anger over the manner he allegedly compiled list of APC officials at the ward levels without due consultation.

They also resolved that henceforth Owerri West will speak with one voice on issues pertaining to the party, condemning in strong terms the duplication of party lists at the ward levels. Henceforth, they vowed to adopt a “unity list” to be endorsed by all stakeholders.

The meeting was attended by Special Adviser to the Governor on Agric Development Programme, ADP, Chief Gibson Njemanze (Oyiga), Hon Commissioner of Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition, Hon Noble Atulegwu, Member Representing  Owerri West in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Kanayo Onyemaechi, Special Adviser to the Governor on Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Azu Onyinyechi, Senior Special Assistant on Sanitation to the Governor, Evangelist Treasure Anyalonu, former Executive Chairman, Owerri West LGA, Hon Victor Murako, Hon Tony Gray, Hon GAS Amadi, Chief Victor Osuji, and other key leaders of the APC in Owerri West.

The nine man Committee was mandated to carry out its assignment within thirty days and report their findings back to stakeholders of the party in Owerri West LGA.

Owerri West APC Stakeholders listening with rapt attention at leadership meeting held at Obinze, Saturday July 18, 2020

Before the resolution, leaders of the party in Owerri West who spoke in turns, fumed at the conduct of the IMC Chairman, and condemned in strong terms, his lack of engagement with stakeholders on issues affecting the local government and the All Progressive Congress, APC in Owerri West. This behaviour in their views, has not augured well for the people of the area.

In his opening remarks, Special Adviser to the Governor on ADP, Chief Njemanze (Oyiga), said the meeting became imperative to chart a way forward for Owerri West. He expressed concern how the affairs of the Council has been run by the Chairman without synergizing with party leaders and appointees of the Governor from Owerri West.

Oyiga said “Owerri West is not getting it right compared to what is going on in other local governments. There is no synergy between the Council Chairman, Councilors and the House members and other leaders of the party. This is not so in other local governments who have followed the directives of the Governor to the latter.

SA To Imo Governor On ADP, Chief Gibson Njemanze (Oyiga) Speaking At The Stakeholders Meeting

“We need to correct this anomaly. We are unhappy with this system and this is capable of affecting the APC in Owerri West. For long, we have not been invited to meetings to discuss the way forward for our people. This has to stop.

The member Representing Owerri West in the State House of Assembly, Hon Kanayo Onyemachi, also expressed dissatisfaction with the Council Chairman.

He said “We are unhappy with this development. We are not aware of what is going in our local government.  Despite being House member representing Owerri West, I have never been invited for a meeting to discuss about issues affecting our people at the Council headquarters.

Imo State Commissioner of Entrepreneur and Skills Acquisition, Hon.Nobel Atulegwu, said there is need to change the narrative in Owerri West.

He said “The IMC Chairman must learn to be humble. We are all committed to the progress and welfare of the people of Owerri West. And we are determined to achieve this task.  We, the appointees of the Government were not even consulted by the Chairman during the sharing of palliatives from the state government in Owerri West.

Former Executive Chairman of Owerri West, Victor Murako, called for internal resolution of the crisis, saying it is wrong for the leadership of Owerri West not be carried along on issues affecting the people of Owerri West.

“ I must say I m shocked with the level of dissatisfaction expressed by leaders of Owerri West LGA. The IMC Chairman should learn to work closely with the leadership structure in Owerri West. We must be together to wade off the opposition. We need to caution the Chairman, though we do not throw away the baby with the bath water” Murako advised.



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