The Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem has said the major aim of stakeholders of the party is to turn Imo to a one-party state.
According to the speaker, that was why the Imo State APC Technical Committee on Membership, which he headed worked assiduously to record more than two million new membership enrollment in the state.
Hon. Emeziem, who spoke against the backdrop of insinuations of wanting to usurp the position of the state Chairman of the party, Chief Marcellinus Nlemigbo said heading the committee afforded him the opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of the party in the state.
“My role in the committee which was commissioned by the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, was to contribute to the growth and success of the party in the state.
“We can’t stop until APC takes over the entire Imo State. If possible, we want to make Imo a one party state. And we are happy with the success we have recorded so far. As we speak, we have exceeded our target of 2 million new members.
“This success could not have been possible if not for the commitment and support of our governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma towards the party as well as his laudable achievements so far in the state, not withstanding recent challenges”.
He debunked reports that he was interfering in the administration of the party or trying to usurp Nlemigbo’s position, stressing that he was never in a position to compete with Nlemigbo on party management.
The speaker lauded Chief Nlemigbo, describing him as an exceptional leader with in-depth knowledge of political party administration.
“More so, our party Chairman, Chief Marcellinus Nlemigbo is on top of his game. He is an exceptional leader and a team player. He knows it all as far as party leadership and management is concerned.
“He has done well to allow every party member including my team and I to contribute our individual and collective quota towards the growth and development of the party.
“There is no reason whatsoever to drag the party management with Nlemigbo. So, anyone who thinks otherwise as far as my role for the party recently is concerned, is wrong.
“I advise that those peddling the unfounded rift between Chief Nlemigbo and I should rather commit their time and energy in helping the party and our governor to succeed.”
He applauded the governor for his commitment and ingenuity in supporting the party, saying that his efforts were to make APC a party to beat in the state.