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Enugu PDP distances self from APC N1.3bn-fraud protest



The Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State has distanced itself from a Monday protest by aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress against the state APC chairman, Ugochukwu Agballah, and its (APC’s) governorship candidate, Uche Nnaji, over their alleged involvement in a N1.3 billion fraud.

The PDP said it would not have bothered to speak on what should have been an APC affair but for the allegation against the party and its governorship candidate, Peter Mbah, of sponsoring the protest.

It called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission “to step in to investigate the weighty allegations boldly made by well-known APC party leaders against the duo of Chief Ugo Agballah and Chief Uche Nnaji,” a report by The Sun says.

The Director of Communications and Spokesman, Enugu State PDP Campaign Council, Nana Ogbodo, noted that it was not a fight between the PDP and the APC but “squarely a fight between angry and deprived APC members and a greedy and conceited party leadership,” while addressing newsmen at a press conference held at the Peter Mbah Campaign Headquarters, Independent Layout, Enugu, on Tuesday.

Ogodo said the protesters who stormed the APC national secretariat in Abuja on Monday alleged that the chairman of the party, Agballah, and the governorship candidate, Nnaji, were involved in a N1.3 billion fraud in the state, with their leader and chairman, Concerned Members of Enugu State APC, Adolphus Ude, telling newsmen that they were at the secretariat to vent their anger over the matter and asked the party’s national leadership to wade into it, according to The Sun.

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Reacting to the APC’s accusation that the PDP sponsored the protest, Ogbodo said,  “We have, as usual, been dragged into a purely APC affair by the loquacious Ugochukwu Agballah, who has claimed that the protesters were sponsored by the PDP. Of course, Agballah’s penchant for looking for scapegoats rather than face his demons is legendary.

“Ordinarily, the Enugu State PDP should have no business with the self-confessed fraud, embezzlement and impunity going on in the Enugu State chapter of the APC, except to say that they have further exposed to the world that they have no good intentions for Enugu State.

“Besides, the APC has never been a factor in elections in Enugu State, let alone now that all the key stakeholders of the APC in Enugu have abandoned the party to Ugochukwu Agballah and his godfathers.

“If the APC was in the ICU before his controversial emergence as the state chairman, the party has now been effectively embalmed and consigned to the mortuary by the totalitarian, greedy, and corrupt leadership of Agballah and his two godfathers.”

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