Friday 17 March 2017

Former Enugu governor, Sullivan Chime defects to APC

The immediate past Governor of Enugu State, Barr. Sullivan Chime has reportedly dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Although the former governor has not made a public statement on the matter, DAILY POST learnt Thursday night that his destination is the All Progressives Congress, APC

His move is seen to be a preparatory ground for an imminent political war between him and the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

Both politicians had before the 2015 general elections engaged in one of the heaviest political battles in the State as Chime planned to unseat Ekweremadu in the Senate.

The ex-governor later withdrew as Ekweremadu gained the upper hand.

However, latest developments indicate that the former governor has not given up on the Enugu West Senatorial seat.

Late Thursday night, spokesman of the APC in the South-East, Mr. Hyacinth Ngwu in his Facebook page gave an indication of Chime’s next political movement.

He wrote on his timeline: “Breaking News: Today, His Excellency Barr. Sullivan Iheanacho Chime, immediate past governor of Enugu State, joins APC.”

His post, however, did not go down well with some Nigerians who felt Chime’s move was to evade prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over his alleged involvement in the 2015 election money shared by former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison Madueke.

But Ngwu swiftly fired back at Chime’s critics with another post.

It read: ‎”I wonder how some of the opposite politicians talk. If their member is questioned by EFCC or ICPC or invited by the Police, they will shout to the heavens, ‘victimisation, oppression of political opponents’.

“But when the same person defects to (APC), a better party with vision for Nigeria, they roar that the same defected to avoid interrogation by EFCC, ICPC or the Police. Haba, which way my people?”

When contacted by DAILY POST for more clarifications, Ngwu said discussions were still on going. He was not exact on when Chime would formally defect to the party.

As of the time of filling this report, a text message sent to Chime’s then Chief Press Secretary, Barr. Chukwudi Achife has not been responded to.

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